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May issue 221
Gardens

Take a look at our preview of the May issue - on sale Friday 24. We've highlighted some of the best gardens, plants and trends appearing in this year's Chelsea Flower Show plus look at Vita Sackville-West's legacy at Long Barn, her pre-Sissinghurst garden.

Name this plant c. Annaick Guitteny
Plants

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants.

Chelsea Flower Show c.RHS Justin Tallis
Gardens

Enter our competition and you could be visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this May to spend the day browsing the very best in garden design, plants and garden accessories.

Name this plant c.Sharon Pearson
Plants

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants.

Hardiness ratings
Plants

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

Name this plant
Plants

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants.

Pulsatilla vulgaris subsp.grandis ‘Papageno’ c. Maayke de Ridder
Plants

GALLERY: Expert plantsman Hans Kramer, owner of De Hessenhof nursery in the Netherlands, highlights some of his own favourites for helping the garden sing in spring. (Images by Maayke de Ridder)

Treasure Houses of England
Gardens

Enter our competition win one of five Gold Passes to visit all ten Treasure Houses of England

April 2015 issue 220
Gardens

Take a look at our preview of the April issue - on sale Friday 27 March. This month we select the prettiest blossoms from Japanese cherry trees, look at ways of combining tulips to make stunning displays and give inspirational design ideas for front gardens. 

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