Plants

'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

 

 

 

 

 

Save 10% on exclusive dahlia combinations

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

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Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

Dahlias make fantastic focal points and work well when grown as part of a combination. The vibrancy of colour and boldness of form means they need carefully chosen companions - as shown by dahlia expert Helen Lewis in the September issue (213, page 68). To help you create fantastic displays of your own Helen is offering four unique collections to buy that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grass partners.

Why do some flowers smell?

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

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Visiting pollinator c.David Murray

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains some of the science behind why flowers smell.

Late summer planting combination for pots

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

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Late summer container combination from Kristy Ramage c.Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

Lilac beauty

Plant hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

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Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

We are now including details of plant hardiness ratings alongside the regular plant information in the features in the magazine. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 of the best long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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Long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

DESIGN SOURCEBOOK
We pick out nine of the best long-handled bulb planters, ideal for when you have a large number of blulbs to plant and don't want to spend hours on your knees.

 

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Extra Extra! Another recipe from Great Dixter’s kitchen garden

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

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Great Dixter’s larder c. Andrew Montgomery

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

Great Dixter's kitchen gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen chooses redcurrant jelly as a favourite recipe from the late Christopher Lloyd's Gardener Cook.

Redcurrant Jelly

12 great plants for encouraging beneficial insects

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

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Pollinator friendly plants c. Elke Borkowski

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

"It all started with a visit to Box Hill one hot June afternoon. After a vigorous climb, I threw myself on the ground, closed my eyes and became aware of much noise and activity around me. I opened my eyes and stared. A few inches from my face were bees, covered with pollen supping nectar, butterflies flitting from one flower to another, ants and beetles lugging food to their nests, and a multitude of other beasties I didn’t recognise.