Plants

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. 

 

Best winter-flowering clematis

If you thought you'd have to wait until next spring/summer to enjoy clematis, think again. There are plenty of evergreen and semi-evergreen forms that flower in winter and will add extra sparkle - and scent too. Plantsman John Hoyland picks some favourites 

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Clematis paniculata c. Jason Ingram

If you thought you'd have to wait until next spring/summer to enjoy clematis, think again. There are plenty of evergreen and semi-evergreen forms that flower in winter and will add extra sparkle - and scent too. Plantsman John Hoyland picks some favourites 

Plants that sing during the winter should be treasured far more than those that are part of the chorus of high summer. At the start of winter, one of the moments I look forward to is seeing the first few tentative flowers on the Clematis cirrhosa that covers the woodshed. I know that by January the plant will be a blanket of creamy-yellow bells. C. cirrhosa is one of several evergreen and semi-evergreen clematis that, although they have no formal botanical grouping, all flower during the winter and early spring.

30 of the best climbing plants

Things are looking up - choose fom our selection of best climbing plants and add vertical interest to walls and trellises or scrambling over other plants in borders. Gardener Rory Dusoir gives his recommendations. 

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Best climbers

Things are looking up - choose fom our selection of best climbing plants and add vertical interest to walls and trellises or scrambling over other plants in borders. Gardener Rory Dusoir gives his recommendations. 

Climbing plants all share the successful strategy of relying on the support of other plants or objects to reach the sunlight. This obviates the need to invest much in producing supportive tissue, such as the wood in trees, and means climbers aren’t subject to the usual restraints on growth. By planting them we bring  a mercurial, buccaneering spirit into our gardens. Of course, luxuriant growth brings its own problems – vigour must be matched carefully to the appropriate space and abundance restrained where necessary.   

 

Growing quince - PLUS recipe for baked quince

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

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Quince c. Jason Ingram

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

In the October 2011 issue of the magazine, garden writer Lia Leendertz explains why we should grow quince and how. Not only is it an attractive tree with pretty blossom but the golden fruits it bears in October are a culinary delight. Plus there's a recipe here to try.

 

Growing quince

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.

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