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Attracting insects to your garden c. Jason Ingram

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

Aglais urticae - small tortoiseshell (illustration by Richard Lewington)

Would you like to identify some of the butterflies that visit your garden? And what's the best way to attract more? Entomologist Richard Jones offers help.

Wild About Gardens. Sticky Wicket c. Jason Ingram

Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September) wants your help. 


There are over 900 species of Salvia, offering a long flowering period and a tempting diversity of flower colour. Here, William Dyson, from salvia experts Dyson's Nurseries, picks 9 of his favourites.

GI News

Marking time with ancient clocks, 100,000 snowdrops to plant in Manchester - can you help? And looking to the future with scientists using spinach to unlock the secret of renewable energy.

The English Country House Garden

We review this well-researched exploration of 25 English country house gardens, which includes quintessential examples such as Great Dixter and Hidcote, each considered through the people, landscape and history that make these gardens stand out.

Gardens Illustrated DIY seed packet templates

Download our template to make your own seed packets for seed collected from plants in your garden, perfect for passing on to friends.

Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.