Plants

Plant profile: late-flowering clematis

Garden designer and writer, Noël Kingsbury takes a fresh look at late-flowering clematis and lists 15 favourites worth looking out for.

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Late-flowering clematis

Garden designer and writer, Noël Kingsbury takes a fresh look at late-flowering clematis and lists 15 favourites worth looking out for.

These late-flowering species clematis are usually, but not always, climbing, sometimes sprawling over rocks, or forming bushes in deserts, or growing alongside grasses in meadows.

With their tiny flower heads and sometimes unusual colours, these late-flowering clematis have much of the appeal of hellebores and fritillaries, and show that when it comes to climbing flowers, bigger isn't necesarily more beautiful. 

Pots of style: A touch of glass

Head gardener Matthew Reese makes the most of unusual foliage shapes and textures of succulents in this container arrangement using a collection of vintage glass. 

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Pots of style

Head gardener Matthew Reese makes the most of unusual foliage shapes and textures of succulents in this container arrangement using a collection of vintage glass. 

I have a disjointed collection of old glasses - mostly rummers, champagne coupes and flutes, but anything really that I like the look of - which I use to create small arrangements for the centre of a lunchtime table.  glasses don't have to be antique, but older glasses have somuch more character than a mass-produced piece of modern glass. Here I've used a few smaller coloured pieces to house a selection of succulents from the greenhouse.

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.   

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Flowers Week, 15-19 June

A celebration of cut flowers. Here are some of our favourite events taking place during British Flowers Week 2015. 

 

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British Flowers Week

A celebration of cut flowers. Here are some of our favourite events taking place during British Flowers Week 2015. 

 

British Flowers Week is the annual campaign in support of the British cut flower industry founded by New Covent Garden Flower Market in 2013. It brings together florists, growers, wholesalers and the public in a celebration of British cut flowers. The programme covers events taking place all over the U.K, including pop-up workshops, demonstrations and displays. Here, we pick out a few of our favourites. Find full details of all the events at britishflowersweek.com

Jojo Tulloh's wild strawberry jam

From our June 2015 issue, Jojo Tulloh shares her own recipe for wild strawberry jam. 

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Jojo Tulloh's wild strawberry jam c.Sarah Young

From our June 2015 issue, Jojo Tulloh shares her own recipe for wild strawberry jam. 

Wild strawberry jam

 

9 Outdoor ovens

Whether you want to cook pizza, bake bread, grill vegetables or barbeque meat, an outdoor oven is a perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer. 

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Outdoor ovens

Whether you want to cook pizza, bake bread, grill vegetables or barbeque meat, an outdoor oven is a perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer. 

A perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer

 

 

COMPACT

Earthfire ceramic pizza oven, £249,
Grenadier

grenadier.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Cottage garden style

If there was one prominent message at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it was to embrace naturualistic planting. In our June issue we feature Rustling End, a glorious cottage garden in Hertfordshire. Here we take a look at how to create cottage garden appeal and favourite plants to include.

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Rustling End

If there was one prominent message at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it was to embrace naturualistic planting. In our June issue we feature Rustling End, a glorious cottage garden in Hertfordshire. Here we take a look at how to create cottage garden appeal and favourite plants to include.

 If you live in a very pretty cottage, surrounded by woodland, then it needs to have a good name. Rustling End Cottage is pleasantly bucolic, and effortlessly conjures up images of autumn leaves, the scent of somnolent roses and the memory of flocks of chattering coal tits. This has been home to Julie and Tim Wise for the past 20 years, over which time they have created a glorious cottage garden.

 

Roses for a country garden

For the past 30 years, Anke Kuhbier and her husband have been transforming a wet meadow into a tranquil sanctuary. Here we take a look at Anke's rose garden and pick out some of her favourites. 

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Roses for a country garden

For the past 30 years, Anke Kuhbier and her husband have been transforming a wet meadow into a tranquil sanctuary. Here we take a look at Anke's rose garden and pick out some of her favourites. 

Not many people can boast to having a rose garden as a birthday present from their husband. Anke Kuhbier, however, can and her roses are a sight to behold. Her love/hate relationship with the queen of flowers has, involuntarily, made her a bit of an expert. The roses are just one part of her country garden that surrounds a 17th-century cottage in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.

Flower fever: 5 events celebrating Chelsea Flower Show

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (19-24 May 2015) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking palce during Chelsea week. 

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Chelsea in Bloom

Whether you are lucky enough to have tickets or not, the excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (19-24 May 2015) can be felt across London. Here, we've highlighted five of our favourites horticulturally themed activities taking palce during Chelsea week. 

Floral refreshment

The Botanist, Sloane Square
What: A yearly pop-up cocktail bar on Sloane Square serving
exquisite concoctions inspired by the botanical world. We like
the sound of their Spiced Tamarin Smash, which includes Monkey Shoulder
blended scotch, Grand Marnier, cinnamon syrup, cinnamon
bitters, coriander seed bitters and lemon juice.

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