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Natural decorations to bring festive appeal to your front door

Celebrate the festive season with natural style by using foraged berries, seeds and leaves to decorate your front door. Designer Kristy Ramage creates some gorgeous wreaths and garlands 

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Christmas decorations for door c. Andrew Montgomery

Celebrate the festive season with natural style by using foraged berries, seeds and leaves to decorate your front door. Designer Kristy Ramage creates some gorgeous wreaths and garlands 

Succulents and sprigs wreath created by designer Kristy Ramage

 

12 trees for autumn colour

The owners of Kwekerij Arborealis nursery in the Netherlands specialise in trees. Here they recommend 12 of their favourite trees for show-stopping autumn colour.

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12 trees for autumn

The owners of Kwekerij Arborealis nursery in the Netherlands specialise in trees. Here they recommend 12 of their favourite trees for show-stopping autumn colour.

12 trees for show-stopping autumn colours - chosen by tree experts Sietske and Micha of Kwekerij Arborealis in the Netherlands.

 

Design Solutions: Lighting the garden

When it comes to lighting your garden go for well-planned, carefully positioned, good quality solutions and you'll add an extra dimension to your garden. Read our tips and advice

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Garden lighting: Charlotte Rowe designed garden c. Clive Nichols

When it comes to lighting your garden go for well-planned, carefully positioned, good quality solutions and you'll add an extra dimension to your garden. Read our tips and advice

Garden lighting needs to do two things:
• it needs to perform a function;
• and it needs to be very discreet and not become a major feature of the garden.
If exterior lighting is too dominant, the garden is no longer a relaxing place and to me this conflicts with what a garden is all about. Often gardens are overlit or have badly positioned fittings, when what is really needed is something more subtle.

Planting rhubarb - and winter care

Order your rhubarb crowns now for planting in November and December. Or if you have established crowns, it's also when you can start forcing rhubarb for early cropping.

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Planting rhubarb c. Tim Sandall

Order your rhubarb crowns now for planting in November and December. Or if you have established crowns, it's also when you can start forcing rhubarb for early cropping.

Planting rhubarb
Plant out rhubarb to establish slowly over winter. Don’t harvest it the first spring, as it needs a year to bed down and produce deep roots.
• Good cultivars include pink-stemmed ‘Champagne’, ‘Timperley Early’ and ‘Victoria’.

 

 

 

 

10 of the best autumn gardens to visit

It's autumn colours time - so where can you enjoy a really magnificent display? Asking plantsman Roy Lancaster to name his favourite gardens is like asking a child what his favourite sweet is, but here are 10 of his favourite places to visit as autumn reaches its glorious peak

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Autumn c. Tim Sandall

It's autumn colours time - so where can you enjoy a really magnificent display? Asking plantsman Roy Lancaster to name his favourite gardens is like asking a child what his favourite sweet is, but here are 10 of his favourite places to visit as autumn reaches its glorious peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 favourite amaryllis

If you think you know amaryllis (or more correctly named Hippeastrum), think again. Alys Fowler picks out 8 beauties that you'll long to grow for their striking blooms. Plus tips on how best to grow them. Don't forget to order your bulbs now

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Hippeastrum ‘Misty' c. Jason Ingram

If you think you know amaryllis (or more correctly named Hippeastrum), think again. Alys Fowler picks out 8 beauties that you'll long to grow for their striking blooms. Plus tips on how best to grow them. Don't forget to order your bulbs now

Alys Fowler lists 8 of her favourite hippeastrums and explains how to get the most from these exotic-flowering bulbs, planting between October and April for flowers from late December to June.

 

 

 

 

10 of the best cloches for your garden

Whether it’s winter protection for crops and seedlings, or planning ahead for soil-warming prior to sowing seeds come spring, there’s a style of cloche to suit your needs

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Cloche choice c. Sean Malyon

Whether it’s winter protection for crops and seedlings, or planning ahead for soil-warming prior to sowing seeds come spring, there’s a style of cloche to suit your needs

From left
Glass and wire bell cloche (next to watering can)
18 diameter x 25cm h,
£19.99 from Crocus

Woven bamboo tunnel cloche
1m l x 40cm h x 45cm w,
£20 from Gifts & Gardens

Chase barn cloche wire framework (glass not included)
£12 from Hibbitt of Oswestry

5 useful tips for creating prairie-style planting

Landscape archtect Petra Pelz own garden is a magical mix of structural grasses and a limited mix of colourful perennials

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Petra Pelz prairie-style garden c. Sabrina Rothe

Landscape archtect Petra Pelz own garden is a magical mix of structural grasses and a limited mix of colourful perennials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden news

Inspiring botancial art at Kew, including a 10-metre long image; a note of caution when it comes to lopping trees; the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire remembered and why it makes sense to get out this autumn.

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Inspiring botancial art at Kew, including a 10-metre long image; a note of caution when it comes to lopping trees; the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire remembered and why it makes sense to get out this autumn.

Stories from out and about in the horticultural world

Kew exhibition
The current ‘Inspiring Kew’ exhibition at the botanic gardens’ Shirley Sherwood Gallery, shows artwork from the creation of the physic garden in 1759 to today’s UNESCO World Heritage site, showing how Kew has inspired generations of botanical artists.

Baking with flowers

Capture subtle floral scents and flavours in your baking. Here's a recipe from cook Frances Bissell's latest book The Floral Baker - Chocolate and lavender madeleine anyone?

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The Floral Baker Frances Bissell

Capture subtle floral scents and flavours in your baking. Here's a recipe from cook Frances Bissell's latest book The Floral Baker - Chocolate and lavender madeleine anyone?

Chocolate and lavender madeleines

Freshly baked madeleines are often served as petites fours at the end of dinner in restaurants.

Ingredients (makes 24)
50g lavender sugar (see below)
50g caster sugar
75g self-raising flour
4 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150g unsalted butter, melted

Method
Preheat the over to 220C/gas mark 8. Butter and flour one or two trays of madeleine moulds

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