Garden Maintenance Supplies

Nurseryman's favourites – April

23 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva' c.Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the April garden with spring finally holding sway. Here we highlight the showy forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'.

Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'

Buy your copy of The Yellow Book 2013 for less

22 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
The Yellow Book 2013

With the long Easter weekend just ahead of us, make sure you have this year's National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book to hand - there's a selection of early gardens open for visiting, or spend some time planning your visits for the year ahead. We have a special reader discount offer, too.



Book review – The Speedy Vegetable Garden

5 March 2013 - 3:14pm
Submitted by Mark Blackmore
The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz

Lila Das Gupta reviews The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz and learns that there are plenty of obscure but delicious vegetables she hadn't tried yet.

The Speedy Vegetable Garden
by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz
Timber Press, £14.99

ISBN 978-1604693263

Low maintenance gardening

3 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Well thought-out design for a garden c. Annie Guilfoyle

Gardening can be a balancing act between your desired looks and the time you are able to spend on maintenance. So how do you get impressive results without devoting your whole life to your garden? Designer Annie Guilfoyle gives some tips

Let’s start by correcting a common misconception: there is a difference between low maintenance and no maintenance. As part of a design brief, clients will generally ask for a low maintenance garden – never yet have I been asked to design a high maintenance garden! But how low is low? In truth, what they are imagining is probably little or no maintenance at all, but unless you want a garden that is completely devoid of plant life there is always going to be some level of care required.

9 of the best lawnmowers

2 March 2013 - 8:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Mowing the lawn

Our Design Sourcebook picks out nine of the best lawnmowers to get your grass looking perfect - whatever the size of your lawn

You could consider cutting the lawn a chore but if you have the right kit for the job then there's no reason for it not to be enjoyable. Here's some 2013 mower recommendations that we like the look of .







Nurseryman's favourites – February

20 January 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica (c.Sharon Pearson)

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, begins a new series of Nurseryman's Favourites. This month he selects those small, often delicate, plants that bring the February garden to life.


Irish Garden Tour 2013

14 December 2012 - 7:05pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Hunting Brook c. Jimi Blake

Join our exclusive Gardens Illustrated tour of the gardens of Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains in the company of Jimi Blake of Hunting Brook, 23-26 September, 2013



Winter walks for gardeners

20 November 2012 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
RHS Harlow Carr in winter c.RHS

The poetic beauty of many landscapes is particularly affecting in winter, so it’s worth making the effort to enjoy some of the finest scenery the country has to offer. What better way to enjoy a winter’s day? 








Nurseryman's favourites – December

19 November 2012 - 4:08pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Vinca difformis c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries chooses Vinca difformis for its grace and long season of interest – with the occasional flower right through to December. Plus her pick of other top plants for the winter months.


Enjoying Autumn to the full

31 October 2012 - 3:48pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Autumn woods

Get out and about and catch the last of the glorious autumn colours. Here's some suggestions 

This year's autumn colours are proving a highlight to an otherwise dour year of weather. Make the most of the season by getting out and about on a walk or garden visit. Here's a few suggestions