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FREE postage pelargonium offer from Sarah Raven

Take advantage of this offer from Sarah Raven on two of her carefully selected pelargonium collections, giving you free postage and packing worth £4.95*.

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Pelargonium offer from Sarah Raven

Take advantage of this offer from Sarah Raven on two of her carefully selected pelargonium collections, giving you free postage and packing worth £4.95*.

“Pelargoniums are durable, beautiful and easy. They make some of the best-ever summer pot and garden plants. Kept frost-free, plants will come back year after year, looking bigger and better each time and you can propagate from them, too,” says Sarah.

Order your collection and get free p&p worth £4.95

The collections on offer include:

Gorgeous gypsophila display

Head gardener Matthew Reese creates an easy display for a pot that will take your breath away using the pink form of the dainty flowered Gypsophila

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Pot display for early season Gypsophila elegans ‘Kermesina’

Head gardener Matthew Reese creates an easy display for a pot that will take your breath away using the pink form of the dainty flowered Gypsophila

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12 favourite narcissus

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

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Narcissus at Berchigranges. c. Sabrina Rothe

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

“When I first saw how the wild daffodils," says Thierry Dronet of Le Jardin de Berchigranges, "particularly the species daffodil Narcissus jonquilla, transformed the meadows here in the mountains into a sea of yellow petals, I knew I wanted to have lots and lots of them in our garden,” he says.

Design Solutions: Topiary

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

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Topiary c. Jason Ingram

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

1 The extraordinary gardens at Château de Marqueyssac take the art of topiary to new heights. Situated high on a hilltop overlooking the Dordogne valley, the garden contains more than 150,000 hand-pruned Buxus sempervirens shrubs, spread over 11 acres of terrace gardens.

10% off on Penelope Hobhouse’s 100 recommended 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.

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10% off on Penelope Hobhouse’s 100 recommended 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Raven diary and calendar for FREE - just pay p&p

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.

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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.

2015 is well under way now, so make sure you've noted all your important dates for the year ahead and keep up with essential jobs in the garden. To help with this Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat diary AND a slim wall calendar for free. Pay just £4.95 for p&p.

 

 

 

Gardening Talent January issue - correction

Introducing the 'real' Tom Longridge. We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error.

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Tom Longridge

Introducing the 'real' Tom Longridge. We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error.

We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error. This is the 'real' Tom Longridge. The image published in the printed January issue show Sean Harkin, who is Manchester's Gardener in Residence. Sean will appear in a Gardening Talent feature later in the year.

 

Here's Tom's interview again, telling us more about his what brought him to a career in horticulture and what inspires him.

Design Course Offer with The English Gardening School

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of Gardens Illustrated a 50% discount on one of its distance learning courses.

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English Gardening School Distance Learning courses

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of Gardens Illustrated a 50% discount on one of its distance learning courses.

 

 

 

 

 

The English Gardening School is offering five readers of gardens illustrated a 50 per cent discount on one of its distance learning courses, normally priced at £495 (plus p&p).

Why is Rousham England’s most influential garden?

Designed by William Kent in the 18th century, the landscaped gardens at Rousham House in Oxfordshire continue to inspire leading designers today. We asked five designers to tell us why. Pictures by Andrew Lawson

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Rousham c. Andrew Lawson

Designed by William Kent in the 18th century, the landscaped gardens at Rousham House in Oxfordshire continue to inspire leading designers today. We asked five designers to tell us why. Pictures by Andrew Lawson

“Rousham is an intensely psychological landscape and one that provokes as many different emotional responses as there are individual visitors, and this is an important part of its extraordinary appeal; that within the confines of this relatively small plot there is scope for such myriad interpretations.”

Best birch for your garden

The textural bark of birch trees has a haunting beauty and comes in many more colours and textures than you might think. Horticulturist Christina Jones gives her recommendations. 

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Betula utilis jacquemontii c. Jason Ingram

The textural bark of birch trees has a haunting beauty and comes in many more colours and textures than you might think. Horticulturist Christina Jones gives her recommendations. 

Ask five nurserymen to name the tree that is most often requested, and undoubtedly the answer will be our native silver birch, Betula pendula. It seems entirely appropriate that as a key woodland pioneer species, this tree should abound in the nation’s gardens. But let’s be honest. The environmental value is just happenstance; fellow pioneers such as alders and hazels don’t enjoy this sort of attention. It’s really about the bark, isn’t it? That wonderfully tactile, peeling white bark.

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