Garden Maintenance Supplies

Advice on growing climbers on a wall

If you're worried about growing a climber up the wall of your house or garden wall, read our advice on best practice to ensure you never have any problems with damage to the wall's structure.

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Advice on growing climbers on walls c. Sarah Cuttle

If you're worried about growing a climber up the wall of your house or garden wall, read our advice on best practice to ensure you never have any problems with damage to the wall's structure.

Advice on growing climbers on house walls

There is a widely held belief that self-clinging climbers, in particular ivy, can cause damage to the walls of your house and garden. In fact, there is no evidence to suggest that ivy poses
a threat to sound masonry.

Collecting classic and vintage tools

Wht could be nicer than using a garden tool that has stood the test of time and is perfectly fit for purpose. Collector Louise Allen of Garden & Wood shares a few of her favourites and gives tips on starting your own collection

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Vintage gardening tools c. Andrew Montgomery

Wht could be nicer than using a garden tool that has stood the test of time and is perfectly fit for purpose. Collector Louise Allen of Garden & Wood shares a few of her favourites and gives tips on starting your own collection

Tools for the flower border

Antique tools often highlight the ingenuity of previous generations. This early 20th-century tool, known as the Little Gripper flower picker (1), both cuts and grips flowers, allowing you to pick flowers in the back of the border with ease.

Growing quince - PLUS recipe for baked quince

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

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Quince c. Jason Ingram

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

In the October 2011 issue of the magazine, garden writer Lia Leendertz explains why we should grow quince and how. Not only is it an attractive tree with pretty blossom but the golden fruits it bears in October are a culinary delight. Plus there's a recipe here to try.

 

Growing quince

Book review - Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Celebrating the beauty, diversity and importance of plants within our everyday world, this book that introduces us to the field of economic botany and is laden with stunning botanical ilustrations. Read our review:

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Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Celebrating the beauty, diversity and importance of plants within our everyday world, this book that introduces us to the field of economic botany and is laden with stunning botanical ilustrations. Read our review:

Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World
by Helen Bynum and William Bynum
Thames & Hudson, £24.95 
ISBN 978-0226204741

Garden studios - how to choose your perfect work space

If you need to work from home but you’ve no room in your house for an office, then opting for a studio in your garden could be the ideal solution.

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Garden studios c. Roomworks

If you need to work from home but you’ve no room in your house for an office, then opting for a studio in your garden could be the ideal solution.

Containerised
This contemporary studio is actually made out of an old shipping container; the strong and robust metal shell makes an ideal garden room. Eco-designers John Little and Dusty Gedge specialise in making these modified garden buildings. Made to order, they can also feature special ‘habitat panels’ on the outside walls.

10 things you (possibly) didn’t know about dahlias

Celebrating dahlia season - here's 10 facts you might not have known about these gorgeous late season blooms

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Unknown yellow dahlia

Celebrating dahlia season - here's 10 facts you might not have known about these gorgeous late season blooms

Who can resist dahlias in their diversity of colour, size and style - late summer just wouldn't be the same without at least one dahlia in the garden somewhere.

Here's a list of interesting facts about them

Save 10% on exclusive dahlia combinations

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

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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.

Dahlias make fantastic focal points and work well when grown as part of a combination. The vibrancy of colour and boldness of form means they need carefully chosen companions - as shown by dahlia expert Helen Lewis in the September issue (213, page 68). To help you create fantastic displays of your own Helen is offering four unique collections to buy that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grass partners.

How to employ a gardener - the flip side

One of our readers sent us a cartoon providing her side of the story when it comes to being employed as a gardener

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Addison cartoon

One of our readers sent us a cartoon providing her side of the story when it comes to being employed as a gardener

One of our readers wrote to us in response to our feature on 'How to Employ a Gardener'. In fact she didn't just write to us, she drew us a cartoon - and we featured a snippet in the Letters page of our September issue (213, page 102).

However, we thought it would be a shame not to show you it all. So here it is:

26 of the best scented plants

Choose scented plants to give your garden extra appeal. Val Bourne picks 26 favourite plants to give you fragrance right through the seasons.

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Scented flowers

Choose scented plants to give your garden extra appeal. Val Bourne picks 26 favourite plants to give you fragrance right through the seasons.

Here's our guide to choosing scented plants throughout the year. Val Bourne lists a selection of her favourites.

 

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Extra Extra! Another recipe from Great Dixter’s kitchen garden

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

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Great Dixter’s larder c. Andrew Montgomery

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

Great Dixter's kitchen gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen chooses redcurrant jelly as a favourite recipe from the late Christopher Lloyd's Gardener Cook.

Redcurrant Jelly

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