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Culinary herbs

From spearmint to French tarragon, herb expert Jekka McVicar lists the essential culinary herbs that no gardener cook should be without. 

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Culinary herbs

From spearmint to French tarragon, herb expert Jekka McVicar lists the essential culinary herbs that no gardener cook should be without. 

Herbs quite simply transform a meal into a feast - they not only make the food look and taste appealing, they also stimulate the digestion and are one of the essential ingredients that make a meal come alive. Furthermore, they look beautiful in the garden or in containers and, as many of the culinary herbs are from the Lamiaceae family, including thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, mint and basil, they are very attractive to bees and butterflies.

Here are 12 essential culinary herbs that no keen gardener cook should be without. 

Using bulbs in perennial borders

Tips for using bulbs in perennial borders by Dutch garden designer, Jacqueline van der Kloet. 

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Using bulbs in perennial borders

Tips for using bulbs in perennial borders by Dutch garden designer, Jacqueline van der Kloet. 

For plantswoman and garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet, bulbs are the lifeblood of the border in spring and in her garden just outside Amsterdam she has a stunning display of bulbs planted to perfection with years of experience.

Here she gives her tips for using bulbs in perennial borders.

Order your bulbs before 15 July so you can ensure you get what you want

Transform your front garden

A pretty front garden is a joy to come home to, as well as a delight for passers-by. Here are few ways in which you can transform your front garden. 

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Transform your front garden

A pretty front garden is a joy to come home to, as well as a delight for passers-by. Here are few ways in which you can transform your front garden. 

We should try to think differently about how we utilise our front gardens. It is a space that is often paved over and ignored but here, garden designer Adele Ford gives design pointers of things to consider that will help to make this space both stylish and practical. 

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Primula

The delicate, unassuming appearance of primulas is often overlooked but here John Hoyland picks out a selection of primulas that stand-out from the crowd. 

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Primulas

The delicate, unassuming appearance of primulas is often overlooked but here John Hoyland picks out a selection of primulas that stand-out from the crowd. 

The Victorian botanical painter, Marianne North, travelled the British Empire studying and painting plants and flowers, becoming familiar with extraordinary, extravagant, exotic flowers that would have astonished her gardening contemporaries. Yet, in spite of this, it was in the uncomplicated flowers of native plants that she found most beauty.

Book of the month - How to Plant a Garden

Our book of the month is Matt James's How to Plant a Garden. Read the review here. 

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How to Plant a Garden

Our book of the month is Matt James's How to Plant a Garden. Read the review here. 

How to Plant a Garden
by Matt James

Mitchell Beazley, £25
ISBN 978-1845339845

 

 

'A step-by-step guide through the process of planning and planting a garden, with well-labelled plant and garden photography'.

Reviewer Jojo Tulloh is a writer and allotmenteer.

 

 

See Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at the cinema

As the Royal Academy of Arts blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse draws to a close, now comes the opportunity to visit the exhibition on screen at a cinema near you. On release from 12 April.

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Painting the Modern Garden

As the Royal Academy of Arts blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse draws to a close, now comes the opportunity to visit the exhibition on screen at a cinema near you. On release from 12 April.

The sell-out exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse draws to a close on the 20th April. If you haven't managed to visit for yourself, you can view the exhibition at the cinema with this insightful look at the paintings on view and the inspiration behind them.

Released in UK cinemas from 12 April and internationally from 12 May, the film explores the intriguing relationship between the world’s greatest artists and horticulture.

Rhubarb jelly and custard

Rhubarb and custard is an iconic English pairing. Writer and allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh gives her recipe for making a gorgeous jelly using the season's best and tastiest rhubarb.

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Rhubarb Jelly

Rhubarb and custard is an iconic English pairing. Writer and allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh gives her recipe for making a gorgeous jelly using the season's best and tastiest rhubarb.

Rhubarb and custard is an iconic English pairing that is simple and delicious, especially in spring when the rhubarb is at its best. Both the jelly and the custard can be made from scratch; Baked rhubarb exudes a wonderful pink juice, which can be used to make the jelly and if you buy good quality, organic eggs the custard will have a glorious sunshine yellow hue which sits perfectly on top of the blush of the rhubarb.

Using colour in the garden

Garden designer Sarah Price looks beyond nature to the worlds of art and interior design for new ideas on using colour in the garden. 

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Using colour

Garden designer Sarah Price looks beyond nature to the worlds of art and interior design for new ideas on using colour in the garden. 

Colourist Pierre Bonnard’s paintings [some of which you can currently see for yourself at the Royal Academy’s Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition] are of simple domestic scenes; a view out of a window, a corner of a kitchen table or a woman in a bath. Each scene appears to be flooded in dazzling, iridescent colour, reminding us of the transformative power of light. In his painting, as in life, colour is changed by colours and light around them.

Artist profile: Wycliffe Stutchbury

Artist Wycliffe Stutchbury creates intricate mosaics made up of miniature tiles taken from old and abandoned pieces of wood. 

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Artist profile: Wycliffe Stutchbury

Artist Wycliffe Stutchbury creates intricate mosaics made up of miniature tiles taken from old and abandoned pieces of wood. 

Sow your free seeds

How to sow your free packet of Dianthus Carthusianorum, found on the cover of the March issue. 

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Sow your free seeds

How to sow your free packet of Dianthus Carthusianorum, found on the cover of the March issue. 

Sow your free seeds

It's always a treat to find a beautiful packet of seeds attached to an issue of Gardens Illustrated. All seed packets are illustrated by Hannah McVicar and past issues have featured Daucus carota 'Dara' or Wild Carrot, Digitalis lutea and Nigella damascena 'Persian Rose'. 

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