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Garden columnist Francine Raymond reviews Colin Spedding's book Gardens: Their Hidden Life and discovers that his aim is to get us thinking about our gardens as important wildlife habitats with all the flora and fauna they support (even the pests and weeds).
Gardens: their Hidden Life - Unnoticed plants and unseen animals
by Colin Spedding
ISBN 978 1408158685
Get a free Sneeboer fork when you subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at the Chelsea Flower Show, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Coombe Trenchard's Arts & Crafts Garden Festival, or the Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair.
Subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May 2012), Coombe Trenchard Arts & Crafts Garden Festival (1-2 June 2012), BBC Gardeners’ World Live (13-17 June 2012), or Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair (22-24 June 2012) and you can choose a FREE gift as part of your su
Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Fair takes place from 22-24 June and is held in the stunning grounds of Cottesbrooke Hall in Northamptonshire. Not only is this a perfectly lovely way to spend a summer's day buying plants, but you can also meet the GARDENS ILLUSTRATED team - and take advantage of a great subscription offer.
With the winners announced and medals awarded, here's your chance to get hold of some of the must-have plants starring in show gardens at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Online plant retailer Crocus is offering readers a 15% discount.
Top designers Sarah Price and Arne Maynard have created stunning planting schemes for their gold award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, full of beautiful combinations and must-have plants.
We've set up a reader offer with Emma Bridgewater for a 10% on all her ranges - including her classic sweet pea design, reintroduced to the range this summer.
This fresh sweet pea design is one of the delightful Emma Bridgewater classics reintroduced this season. It includes mugs, bowls, plates, jug and teapot, all UK-made. Readers can get a 10% discount and free P&P (on all her ranges) until 26 June. Go to Emma Bridgewater and use the code GARDENS10 for the discount.
Don't miss this exciting two-day garden festival celebrating the finest in gardening tradition, held in the grounds of the impressive Arts & Crafts house of Coombe Trenchard in rural Devon. Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June 2012, 10am-5.30pm
We are delighted to present this exciting two-day garden festival celebrating the finest in gardening tradition, held in the grounds of the impressive Arts & Crafts house of Coombe Trenchard in rural Devon.
Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants chooses Gillenia trifoliata as an elegant addition to the summer border. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.
I love the way this adds movement to a planting scheme when caught by even the gentlest of breezes. Don’t be deceived by its diaphanous appearance; it has an iron constitution once established. It is good in association with shrub roses, where it offers a delightful airy contrast to the more weighty blooms. As plants fade, the foliage takes on warm autumnal tones of gold and burgundy and the structure will contribute to a planting group for weeks.