Plants

How to plant Gypsophila elegans 'Kermesina' - your free seeds from the September issue

On the cover of the September issue you'll find a packet of Gypsophila elegans 'Kermesina'*. Here we explain how to plant your free seeds.  

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How to plant Gypsophila Elegans

On the cover of the September issue you'll find a packet of Gypsophila elegans 'Kermesina'*. Here we explain how to plant your free seeds.  

Gypsophila elegans 'Kermesina'

Unusual cultivar of popular hardy annual with crimson-red flowers in delicate blooms that smother the plant to create an airy cushion of flowers. Makes a perfect filler for summer bouquets and mixed borders.

 

 

 

 

 

Reader offer on Sarah Raven tulip collections

Sarah Raven has put together her best, top-size, absolute favourite tulips in three beautiful collections. and you can order your bulbs now at a Gardens Illustrated reader discount of £5.

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Sarah Raven tulip collections

Sarah Raven has put together her best, top-size, absolute favourite tulips in three beautiful collections. and you can order your bulbs now at a Gardens Illustrated reader discount of £5.

It's time to start thinking about your tulip displays for spring and getting your bulbs ordered. Sarah Raven has put together her best, top-size, absolute favourite tulips in three, beautiful collections.

Gardens to visit for planting inspiration

A seasonal selection of gardens and plant nurseries to visit for planting inspiration, chosen by head gardener Mat Reese

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A seasonal selection of gardens and plant nurseries to visit for planting inspiration, chosen by head gardener Mat Reese

There is a whole host of amazing places to visit for planting inspiration at this time of year. Here head gardener Mat Reese recommends a few of his favourite gardens and plant nurseries for you to visit and take a look at what's on offer. 

Recipes from an organic kitchen garden

In the August issue, Gardens Illustrated visits Worton Organic Garden in Oxfordshire and share a few recipes for delicious dishes using ingredients from the garden. Here you'll find a few extra recipes for a summer sorbet and stuffed gem squash. 

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Recipes from Worton Organic garden

In the August issue, Gardens Illustrated visits Worton Organic Garden in Oxfordshire and share a few recipes for delicious dishes using ingredients from the garden. Here you'll find a few extra recipes for a summer sorbet and stuffed gem squash. 

What to sow in the garden in July

Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh says it's time to sow a few winter vegetables in preparation for the months to come. 

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What to sow in the garden July

Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh says it's time to sow a few winter vegetables in preparation for the months to come. 

The gardening clock starts to tick a little slower around midsummer. The sun on your back, the drone of bees through your herb patch, the way your basket is filled to overflowing with courgettes, beans, squash and potatoes – all conspire to a general contented sleepiness. But even while you swing in your hammock, try to keep a corner of your mind fixed on the future.

Places to visit this month: July

Head gardener Mat Reese chooses his favourite places to visit in July to find seasonal plants at their best.

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Places to visit this month: July

Head gardener Mat Reese chooses his favourite places to visit in July to find seasonal plants at their best.

Gardens are a joy to visit in high-summer, when green foliage and blousey flowers are at their best. To help you find planting inspiration for your own garden, we asked head gardener Mat Reese to choose some of his favourite places to visit to admire the plants July has to offer.

 

 

 

How to make children's play areas work in a stylish garden

Mixing play areas with planting flair is not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few ideas to make children's play work in the garden.

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Children's play areas and stylish garden design

Mixing play areas with planting flair is not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few ideas to make children's play work in the garden.

Can children and beautiful gardens ever really mix? It's a question many of us ponder, often coming to the reluctant conclusion that the perfectly formed flower beds and elegant vistas we lust after may have to wait until trampolines and climbing frames have lost their allure.

However, with a bit of thought, play areas can be integrated into gardens in a stylish, non-obtrusive way. Here are a few tips to help you think outside the box. 

Sweet peas: Growing tips and where to buy the best range of seeds

Find a magical mix of sweet pea cultivars from Easton Walled Garden in Lincolnshire, plus growing tips and where to buy the best selection of seeds. 

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Sweet peas, growing tips for sweet peas, where to buy sweet peas

Find a magical mix of sweet pea cultivars from Easton Walled Garden in Lincolnshire, plus growing tips and where to buy the best selection of seeds. 

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Easton Walled Gardens is a 12-acre garden in a quiet part of Lincolnshire. It’s been maintained by the Cholmeley family and their gardeners for at least 400 years. More recently, the family discovered that sweet peas grow very well in the garden and they now grow more than 100 cultivars for display and cutting and they harvest the seed to sell. Below you'll find a selection of sweet peas from the gardens, plus growing tips and advice on where to buy them. 

 

Summer salad recipes

Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh has three recipes for sumptuous summer salads made with the freshest of ingredients picked straight from the allotment. 

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Summer salad recipes

Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh has three recipes for sumptuous summer salads made with the freshest of ingredients picked straight from the allotment. 

Make green gooseberry 'muscat' jelly

You don't always have to wait until harvest time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Jojo Tulloh explains how to unlock the early flavours of gooseberries with this recipe for green gooseberry 'muscat' jelly. (Corrected version)

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Jojo Tulloh c. Sarah Young

You don't always have to wait until harvest time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Jojo Tulloh explains how to unlock the early flavours of gooseberries with this recipe for green gooseberry 'muscat' jelly. (Corrected version)

When you have an allotment or vegetable garden, you can harvest and cook your ingredients when you choose, experiencing their flavours at each stage of their growth even when under-ripe. In June, the crops of fruit bushes and trees require selective thinning; both gooseberries and apples will grow bigger if some of their number is removed. Don’t throw these on the compost heap - hard, green gooseberries and sweet-scented, creamy-white elder blossom combine to suggest the flavour of the Muscat grape used to make sweet dessert wines and makes a delicious jelly. 

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