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Nine of the best hand trowels

Simplify spring planting with one of these hand trowels. 

Wood anemones

There is charm in the simple form of an anemone, and the diversity of plants in the wild has provided rich pickings for enthusiasts. Here, plantsman John Hoyland picks out his favourite wood anemones. Photography by Lynn Keddie. 

How to manage a fritillary meadow

Morton Hall Gardens in Worcestershire has a spectacular bulb meadow that is famed for its fritillaries. Here, we share some advice for managing a fritillary meadow from garden owner Anne Luetcke. 

Gardens Illustrated seed suppliers

If you're looking for inspiration for this year's crop of annuals and vegetables, take a look at our selection of the best seed suppliers.

A review of Walled Gardens by Jules Hudson

Our book of the month for March is Walled Gardens by Jules Hudson. Here you can read the review of her book, written by garden writer Jodie Jones. 

Backhouse daffodils

Backhouse daffodils have been bred by three generations of the Backhouse Family, starting with William Backhouse (1807-1869). Here is a gallery of these daffodils, tracked down by Caroline Thompson, founder of the Backhouse Heritage Exhibition & Education centre in Fife and a direct descendent of the family. Photos by Jason Ingram. 

Woburn Abbey Garden Show

Join us over the weekend of 23-24 June, when Bedfordshire's Woburn Abbey Gardens will come alive with horticultural inspiration at the Garden Show. Enter our competition to win tickets.

Why plant lovers should visit: Istria

Horticulturalist Hannah Gardner heads to the Adriatic peninsula of Istria in search of beautiful plants.  

Ten plants to brighten the garden in March

Come March, plantswoman Fleur van Zonneveld is seeking colour to banish the grey days of winter. Here she chooses ten plants that help brighten the lengthening days of early spring. Photos by Maayke De Ridder. 

Choosing the best daphne for year-round interest

With cultivars to give flowers throughout the year, and notably during the colder months, the recurring theme of daphnes is scent. Here, Andy McIndoe chooses the best daphnes for year-round interest.

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