Lighting & Electrical

Design Solutions: Topiary

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

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Topiary c. Jason Ingram

If box balls and bay pyramids are all that spring to mind when you think of topiary, then it’s high time to sharpen your shears and think again. Here are some ideas to encourage some creative gardening 

1 The extraordinary gardens at Château de Marqueyssac take the art of topiary to new heights. Situated high on a hilltop overlooking the Dordogne valley, the garden contains more than 150,000 hand-pruned Buxus sempervirens shrubs, spread over 11 acres of terrace gardens.

Buy your copy of The Yellow Book 2015 for less

The National Gardens Scheme's The Yellow Book is the must-have annual guide to thousands of gardens open for charity throughout the year in England and Wales - and you can order this year's copy at a reader discount. Find out how

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The Yellow Book 2015

The National Gardens Scheme's The Yellow Book is the must-have annual guide to thousands of gardens open for charity throughout the year in England and Wales - and you can order this year's copy at a reader discount. Find out how

 

 

Published each year in February, The Yellow Book is the essential county-by-county guide to the thousands of gardens in England and Wales that open on behalf of The National Gardens Scheme (many of them not usually open to the public) to help raise funds for charities.

Gardening Talent January issue - correction

Introducing the 'real' Tom Longridge. We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error.

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Tom Longridge

Introducing the 'real' Tom Longridge. We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error.

We used an incorrect image in January issue's Gardening Talent feature. We would like to apologise for this error. This is the 'real' Tom Longridge. The image published in the printed January issue show Sean Harkin, who is Manchester's Gardener in Residence. Sean will appear in a Gardening Talent feature later in the year.

 

Here's Tom's interview again, telling us more about his what brought him to a career in horticulture and what inspires him.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2015

Join us at our exciting new Festival from 17-18 April 2015 to celebrate gardens, gardening, plants and design.

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Gardens Illustrated Festival

Join us at our exciting new Festival from 17-18 April 2015 to celebrate gardens, gardening, plants and design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two pumpkin purée recipes for seasonal flavours

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes

 

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Pumpkin recipes c. Sarah Young

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes

 

Use either of these recipes as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock

 

SPICED PUMPKIN PURÉE
450g pumpkin, peeled and diced into small cubes 
1tbsp (heaped) panch phoron (see below) 
2tbsp vegetable oil
1 thumb ginger, peeled and finely grated 
1tsp amchoor (sour dried mango) powder or 2tbsp lemon juice
salt and black pepper 


Favourite seedheads for winter structure

Seedheads glistening with frost play an important part in bringing structural winter interest to the garden. Here's five plants that can be happily left to provide a eyecatching display

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Favourite seed heads - Foeniculum vulgare c. Lynn Keddie

Seedheads glistening with frost play an important part in bringing structural winter interest to the garden. Here's five plants that can be happily left to provide a eyecatching display

Five favourite seedheads
For James Williams, the owner of Manor Farm in Wiltshire, plant structure in the winter garden can be as striking as anything formal or built – walls, hedges or gates – with as much interest to be found in the seedheads of smaller herbaceous plants as there is in the soaring branches of bare trees or the skeletons of leafless shrubs. Rimed with frost and faded to dusty shades of brown and grey, and almost unrecognisable from their heyday in summer, they bring a different sort of architectural drama in winter. 

 

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.

12 pumpkins and squash to grow

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

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Pumpkins and squash c. Paul Debois

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

Pumpkins and the increasingly popular winter squash offer a rainbow of colours to the garden and culinary delights to the kitchen. They are easy to grow and can be used as ground cover or as climbers, and range in all manner of size, so there’s one for every garden. Here Alys Fowler lists some favourites:

Autumn garden stars - Tricyrtis

Perfect for brightening up a shady corner in the autumn garden, Tricyrtis - also known as toad lilies - are colourful star-shaped flowers often spotted in a contrasting colour, held on arching stems. Real little gems...

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Tricyrtis formosana ‘Dark Beauty’ c. Andrew Montgomery

Perfect for brightening up a shady corner in the autumn garden, Tricyrtis - also known as toad lilies - are colourful star-shaped flowers often spotted in a contrasting colour, held on arching stems. Real little gems...

There are around 20 species of Tricyrtis, mostly from Japan and Taiwan, a few from China. The best for gardens are Tricyrtis formosana cultivars such as ‘Small Wonder’, a low-growing form with heavily spotted leaves and flowers. T. formosana ‘Tiny Toad’ and ‘Dark Beauty’ (pictured here) are easy to grow and hardy.

What's on: Apple Day

Now is the time to enjoy English apples - be it a 'Peasgood Nonsuch' or a 'Jester'. Favourable weather this year has meant good crops with lots of gorgeous ripe apples ready to harvest. Celebrate the season at a local Apple Day event. It's the perfect way to find out more about the huge variety of English apple cultivars and celebrate all thing orchard.

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Apple Day c. William Shaw

Now is the time to enjoy English apples - be it a 'Peasgood Nonsuch' or a 'Jester'. Favourable weather this year has meant good crops with lots of gorgeous ripe apples ready to harvest. Celebrate the season at a local Apple Day event. It's the perfect way to find out more about the huge variety of English apple cultivars and celebrate all thing orchard.

 

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