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Pumpkin recipes c. Sarah Young
Practical

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes

 

Christmas decorations for door c. Andrew Montgomery
Practical

Celebrate the festive season with natural style by using foraged berries, seeds and leaves to decorate your front door. Designer Kristy Ramage creates some gorgeous wreaths and garlands 

Green walls c. Jason Ingram
Design

From the smallest of gardens to the swankiest of city hotels, vertical planting is helping to bring walls to life and offers surprising benefits. Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle gives advice on how to go about planning your own

Favourite seed heads - Foeniculum vulgare c. Lynn Keddie
Plants

Seedheads glistening with frost play an important part in bringing structural winter interest to the garden. Here's five plants that can be happily left to provide a eyecatching display

December plants - Malus transitory c. Jason Ingram
Plants

GALLERY: In the last of her year-long series Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath picks ten plants that will help see the year out in style (Images by Jason Ingram)

Gardens Illustrated DIY seed packet templates
Practical

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

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.

Christmas crossword 2014
Practical

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

December issue
Plants

Take a sneak peak at the December issue - on sale Friday 21 November. We celebrate the season with stylish ideas of how to create natural decorations for festive front door, plus our 'Gifts for Gardeners' guide. There's winter planting ideas and while you're browsing the seed catalogues, designer Sarah Price gives you some inspiration with her list of favourite flowers to grow from seed.

Fibrex pelargoniums

If you haven't got round to it yet, now is the time to prepare your pelargoniums for winter. With a bit of care and attention now they'll be happy, healthy plants come spring. Pelargonium experts Fibrex Nurseries give us a masterclass

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