Garden Maintenance Supplies

Spot the Gnome competition

12 July 2013 - 12:13pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
GI gnome

Here's an update on our 'Spot the Gnome' competition that appeared in our special Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the June digital edition.


Our Spot the Gnome competition (found on our June digital edition) is now closed. Thank you to those who entered. Unfortunately no one got the answer correct (admittedly it was quite tricky to spot all of the gnome's appearances!). So, we're going to keep back the prize of a Haws copper watering can and copy of Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury's Planting: A New Perspective for a future competition.

Mini meadow (in a pot)

28 June 2013 - 8:16am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Mini meadow c. Andrew Montgomery

Bring the essence of summer to your own garden with this mini meadow in a pot. Gardener Julia Wylie uses annuals in bright contrasting colours to celebrate the season.

Mini Meadow





















Butterflies in the garden

27 June 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Comma c.Matt Berry for Butterfly Conservation

Do your bit to help our pollinators. We've got details of this summer's Big Butterfly Count PLUS a list of 10 garden plants chosen by butterfly experts Sally and Matthew Oates that will encourage and sustain pollinators.

Nurseryman's favourites – July

26 June 2013 - 2:47pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' c. Sharon Pearson

Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett selects the rich red Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' to fire up summer planting  plus 8 other summer recommendations of plants to grow and places to go.


Tagetes patula ‘Dixter Strain’

Green Fuse: The Work of Dan Pearson

23 May 2013 - 5:29pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Dan Pearson garden

The latest exhibition at London's Garden Museum highlights the work of Dan Pearson, one of our most significant landscape and garden designers.






Chelsea Fringe 2013

16 May 2013 - 4:00pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Chelsea Fringe 2013

While the Chelsea Flower Show is busy celebrating a magnificent 100 years, its more alternative younger cousin, the Chelsea Fringe, is gearing up for its second year. 

If you are in London for the Chelsea Flower Show, it's well worth popping along to some of the Fringe events. From community and guerilla gardening projects, to art installations and pop-up restaurants in inspiring venues, just about anything goes for the Chelsea Fringe, as long as it asks us to reconsider our ideas on what gardens and landscapes, flowers and plants can be about. There are over 200 events taking place in and around London – PLUS - if you're not in London look out for a selection of events taking place at regional locations.

A few highlights:

Special subscription offer at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

14 May 2013 - 1:23pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Subscription gift - Haws copper watering can

If you're going to the Chelsea Flower Show, visit the Gardens Illustrated stand and sign up to our special subscription offer. Save 40% on the shop price* and choose from either Piet Oudolf's latest book or a Haws copper watering can as your free gift.

Subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May). You'll save 40% on the shop price* and you can choose a FREE gift as part of your subscription package. Choose from either:


Nurseryman's favourites – May

25 April 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' c. Sharon Pearson

With summer finally in our sights, head gardener Fergus Garrett suggests the gorgeous poppy Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' for adding depth of colour. Plus other favourite plants choices for May.

Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird'

Celebrating 100 years of Chelsea

24 April 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Plan of the 1921 Chelsea Flower Show c. RHS Lindley Library

This year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is celebrating 100 years. Here's a selection of key moments through the decades.


Chelsea Flower Show timeline

We note some of the key moments in the 100 year history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Exclusive artist's print – just a few remaining

12 April 2013 - 3:39pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Golden Beetroot and Purple Carrot by Natasha Clutterbuck

Don't miss your chance to buy an exclusive GARDENS ILLUSTRATED print of one of Natasha Clutterbuck's charcoal artworks of root veg.