Plants

Why plant lovers should visit: Istria

Horticulturalist Hannah Gardner heads to the Adriatic peninsula of Istria in search of beautiful plants.  

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Why plant lovers should visit: Istria

Horticulturalist Hannah Gardner heads to the Adriatic peninsula of Istria in search of beautiful plants.  

Istria, the large heart-shaped peninsula at the head of the Adriatic, is politically divided between Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Ancient ports and picturesque fishing villages are dotted along the now tranquil coast (the region has a turbulent history). Remote medieval villages, ancient ruins and candlelit, fresco-filled churches hide in the rolling hills.

Choosing the best daphne for year-round interest

With cultivars to give flowers throughout the year, and notably during the colder months, the recurring theme of daphnes is scent. Here, Andy McIndoe chooses the best daphnes for year-round interest.

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Choosing the best daphne for year-round interest

With cultivars to give flowers throughout the year, and notably during the colder months, the recurring theme of daphnes is scent. Here, Andy McIndoe chooses the best daphnes for year-round interest.

For those of us bewitched by the magical power of their fragrance, daphnes are impossible to resist. They may not be the most robust garden plants, and they may make you work to meet their demands, but your senses will convince you they are worth it. Here are some of the best daphnes for year-round interest. 

Winter flowering

Irish snowdrops

Discover a collection of snowdrops that has an emphasis on Irish cultivars. 

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Irish snowdrops

Discover a collection of snowdrops that has an emphasis on Irish cultivars. 

Coosheen, a garden on the edge of Cork city in the south of Ireland, is sheltered from the salty-winds whipping off the Atlantic by a boundary of beech hedging. Inspired by visits to the Dublin garden that formerly belonged to the author and horticulturist Helen Dillon, garden owner Hester Forde combines bulbs with perennials, evergreens and grasses. Her passion for collecting snowdrops has created a garden that draws you out, even on the coldest of winter days.

The best decorative ivies for the garden

Ivies are more than just climbers for shady walls. Here we suggest the best decorative types for adding texture, backdrops to borders and livening up containers and hard landscaping. 

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The best decorative ivies for the garden

Ivies are more than just climbers for shady walls. Here we suggest the best decorative types for adding texture, backdrops to borders and livening up containers and hard landscaping. 

Ivies are more than just climbers for shady walls. Many make excellent groundcover, and they are good in pots or window boxes. Others make brilliant houseplants and foliage for cutting. Compact forms can also be used for topiary. Here we list some of the best types to add interest and colour into your garden.

Decorative foliage

Green-leaved ivies offer an array of forms and textures, from the defined and bold, to the crimped and frilly.

Know your trees: parks and grand gardens

Our series on identifying trees concludes with a look at some of the largest and most stately trees to grace our parks and country estates. 

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Know your trees: parks and grand gardens

Our series on identifying trees concludes with a look at some of the largest and most stately trees to grace our parks and country estates. 

Big trees dominate much of the British countryside in parks and country estates, but can you identify them? In the last part of our identifying trees series, Lia Leendertz identifies the key characteristics of some of Britain's most stately trees. Here are three types; sweet chestnut, walnut and London plane taken from Lia's selection in the February issue of Gardens Illustrated

Six of the best garden podcasts

Whether you want to learn how to keep your houseplants alive, discover more about the National Trust’s gardens or just enjoy some lively conversation while you’re at work in the potting shed, there’s a podcast for you. We recommend six of the best.

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Six of the best garden podcasts

Whether you want to learn how to keep your houseplants alive, discover more about the National Trust’s gardens or just enjoy some lively conversation while you’re at work in the potting shed, there’s a podcast for you. We recommend six of the best.

A round-up of six of the best gardening podcasts.

 

Cultivating Place

Average length 50 minutes
How often is it released Weekly
Link cultivatingplace.com

How gardens can bring beauty and dignity to refugees

Far from being temporary, refugee camps can provide accommodation for displaced people for many years. Gardens bring stability, beauty and dignity. In the February issue of Gardens Illustrated, writer Caroline Beck looks into the work of the Lemon Tree Trust, a project supporting those living in Domiz, a refugee camp in the plains of Kurdistan, Iraq. Here is a little information about the project. 

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The Lemon Tree Trust

Far from being temporary, refugee camps can provide accommodation for displaced people for many years. Gardens bring stability, beauty and dignity. In the February issue of Gardens Illustrated, writer Caroline Beck looks into the work of the Lemon Tree Trust, a project supporting those living in Domiz, a refugee camp in the plains of Kurdistan, Iraq. Here is a little information about the project. 

Why plant lovers should visit: Scotland

It may feel counterintuitive to head north for an early spring, but Hannah Gardner is visiting Scotland in search of snowdrops and uncommon trees. 

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Why plant lovers should visit: Scotland

It may feel counterintuitive to head north for an early spring, but Hannah Gardner is visiting Scotland in search of snowdrops and uncommon trees. 

Dumfries and Galloway lies in the tranquil southwest corner of Scotland. Often overlooked in the rush to the Highlands and Islands, this lush, low-lying region has diverse natural beauty, a rich romantic history, traces of the poet Robert Burns and a mild microclimate, warmed by the Gulf Stream.

Book of the month - Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs

Gardens Illustrated book of the month for February is Dreamscapes by photographer Claire Takacs. Read our review here. 

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Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs

Gardens Illustrated book of the month for February is Dreamscapes by photographer Claire Takacs. Read our review here. 

Dreamscapes: Inspiration and beauty in gardens near and far
by Claire Takacs

Hardie Grant Books, £35
ISBN 978-1743793527

An eclectic selection of gardens from Australia, the USA, Europe and Asia, seen through the eyes of an award-winning photographer.

Tips for planting in a dry climate

In western Spain, a mix of drought-tolerant plants and careful design has allowed this garden to flourish, despite its extreme weather. Here, you'll find tips for designing in a dry climate.

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Tips for planting in a dry climate

In western Spain, a mix of drought-tolerant plants and careful design has allowed this garden to flourish, despite its extreme weather. Here, you'll find tips for designing in a dry climate.

Extremadura in western Spain is a region of dramatic landscapes with a harsh climate: hot and dry in the summer, but cold in winter. In spring, however, it comes alive with the lush, fresh foliage of cistus and lavender bushes and a rich array of wildflowers found growing along roadsides.

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