Plants

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.

My favourite clematis – Raymond Evison

Early autumn is the perfect time to plant clematis. In case you missed it back in 2010, we asked top clematis grower Raymond Evison to tell us what his all-time favourite clematis are. Here's his list again. 

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Clematis Picardy (='Evipo024')

Early autumn is the perfect time to plant clematis. In case you missed it back in 2010, we asked top clematis grower Raymond Evison to tell us what his all-time favourite clematis are. Here's his list again. 

Raymond Evison has been growing and selling clematis since he left school at the age of 15 and over the years has introduced more than 100 new plants to our gardens.

Not easy then to select just ten clematis as favourites but here's what Raymond picked and how he made his choice.

Apple Day feasting

Apple Day lends itself to feasting - be it apple pie, cake, cider or a crisp fresh apple coupled with cheese. Here are some recipes to help you make the most of the apple season.

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Apple Day feast c. Andrew Montgomery

Apple Day lends itself to feasting - be it apple pie, cake, cider or a crisp fresh apple coupled with cheese. Here are some recipes to help you make the most of the apple season.

Take Apple Day (21 October or around that time) as an opportunity to taste and try different cultivars to see which work best for particular recipes. If you buy your apples locally, or from an orchard, they should be able to help guide you on what cultivars suit what use..

Offer on historic tulip collection from Jacques Amand

Order this gorgeous collection of richly coloured, rare, historic tulips at a special price from bulb expert Jacques Amand.

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Jacques Amand bulb offer

Order this gorgeous collection of richly coloured, rare, historic tulips at a special price from bulb expert Jacques Amand.

In our October 2014 issue (214) garden designer Arne Maynard selected his favourite tulips inspired by the historic still-life paintings of the Dutch Masters. Here bulb expert Jacques Amand offers a collection that includes some of Arne's favourites and features 8 historic cultivars dating back to as early as the 18th Century.

The collection includes:

Top tips for wildlife friendly gardening

Wild About Gardens Week - here's 9 tips to help make your garden more wildlife friendly. Even the smallest corner of 'happy chaos' will help.

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Sticky Wicket nectar garden c. Jason Ingram

Wild About Gardens Week - here's 9 tips to help make your garden more wildlife friendly. Even the smallest corner of 'happy chaos' will help.

Wildlife gardening expert Pam Lewis from Sticky Wicket garden in Dorset offers some dos and don'ts on making your garden as wildlife friendly as possible.

Monty Don - a gardening life

We asked gardener and television presenter Monty Don to tell us about his passion for gardening.

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Monty Don

We asked gardener and television presenter Monty Don to tell us about his passion for gardening.

Every month in the magazine, in our Gardening Talent spot, we ask an up-and-coming gardener what their gardening passions and influences are. Ahead of our talk with Monty Don on 10th October at the Royal Geographical Society, we thought we'd ask him - as one of the UK's most recognisable gardeners - the same questions to find out a little more about his own gardening passions.

Here's what he said:

12 pretty plants for wildlife lovers

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

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Attracting insects to your garden c. Jason Ingram

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

Plants for wildlife

'Down to Earth - My Garden Story’ with Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

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Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

 

Monty Don's passion for gardens and gardening, organic practices and home-grown vegetables encompasses a deep respect for rural living and traditional skills. We are delighted to welcome him as the speaker at our first GARDENS ILLUSTRATED Autumn Lecture, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, when he will talk about his life in gardening, his passion for growing and his Herefordshire garden in a talk entitled 'Down to Earth - My Garden Story'.

Book review - The English Country House Garden

We review this well-researched exploration of 25 English country house gardens, which includes quintessential examples such as Great Dixter and Hidcote, each considered through the people, landscape and history that make these gardens stand out.

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The English Country House Garden

We review this well-researched exploration of 25 English country house gardens, which includes quintessential examples such as Great Dixter and Hidcote, each considered through the people, landscape and history that make these gardens stand out.

The English Country House Garden
by George Plumptre, Photographs by Marcus Harpur

Frances Lincoln Publishers, £25
ISBN 978-0711232990

Create this gorgeous planting combination

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

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Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Helen Lewis from Ferdinandushof nursery in the Netherlands creates a gorgeous planting scheme for dahlias and complementary grases and perennials. She calls this one 'Fireball' - oranges, yellows, reds and limes combine with rich purples to dramatic effect.

Take these dahlias

 

 

 

 

 

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