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The Yellow Book 2015

The National Gardens Scheme's The Yellow Book is the must-have annual guide to thousands of gardens open for charity throughout the year in England and Wales - and you can order this year's copy at a reader discount. Find out how

Quiz 6: 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.

Hepatica americana  f. rhodantha  c. Maayke de Ridder
Plants

GALLERY: Expert plantsman Hans Kramer, owner of De Hessenhof nursery in the Netherlands, is our new columnist for 2015. He starts his 'favourites' series by choosing some colourful highlights for the February garden. (Images by Maayke de Ridder)

February 2015
Gardens

Take a look at our preview of the February issue - on sale Friday 23 January. Garden expert Penelope Hobhouse chooses 100 plants that she thinks every gardener should grow in their garden; we consider three clever designs for small gardens, are beguiled by witch hazel and profile the best and take a historic look at EA Bowles's passion for the snowdrop that helped ensure their popularity today.

Avon Bulbs snowdrop offer

Get your snowdrop collection off to a great start with this selection from bulb expert Avon Bulbs. Save £5.50 on four different cultivars - supplied ‘in the green’ in February when the plants have finished flowering and it is a good time for establishing new plantings. 

10% off on Penelope Hobhouse’s 100 recommended plants
Plants

In the February 2015 issue (218) respected garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse shared her recommendations on 100 plants she thinks every gardener should grow. If you’ve been inspired to try a new plant or return to some old favourites, here’s an exclusive reader offer on some of the plants she lists.

Quiz 5: 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.

Sarah Raven reader offer diary/calendar

Did you miss out on a calendar or diary this Christmas? Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat 2015 diary and slim calendar for FREE - just pay £4.95 p&p.

Christmas crossword 2014
Gardens

It's time to test your horticultural knowledge with our bumper Christmas crossword. Get hold of your December issue, answer all the clues, decipher the code word and you could win a magnum of champagne Taittinger

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