Plants

Nurseryman's favourites – May

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

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Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’
For some reason this is called both fair maids of Kent and fair maids of France. Wherever the maids are from, they’re adorable. Exquisite, double, milky-white pompoms, bounce in the wind on tall stems above a mound of green, lobed leaves. They like some shade with good soil where they won’t dry out. Mine has multiplied gratifyingly, creating slow-growing clumps. The fair maids disappear after flowering, leaving room for later herbaceous perennials. AGM.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nurseryman’s favourites – April

As spring gets into its stride, Derry Watkins of Special Plants selects the charming blue flowers of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' to light the way to sunnier days.

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Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride, Derry Watkins of Special Plants selects the charming blue flowers of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' to light the way to sunnier days.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Pretty, little, forget-me-not flowers in April. Beautiful silver leaves netted with green get bigger and bigger as summer goes on. Given enough food and water the leaves can be magnificent, making good ground cover, and long outlast the flowers. They need a rich, deep, humusy soil and an ample supply of water to look their best – but are worth it. B. macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ is almost the same, but with solid, silver leaves that shimmer in the shade.

Gardens Illustrated Talk 2014

Our speakers for the 2014 Gardens Illustrated talk are Dan Pearson and Fergus Garrett, both internationally admired gardening greats with a wealth of experience and boundless creativity. Anna Pavord will lead them in their discussion. BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW

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Dan Pearson and Fergus Garrett

Our speakers for the 2014 Gardens Illustrated talk are Dan Pearson and Fergus Garrett, both internationally admired gardening greats with a wealth of experience and boundless creativity. Anna Pavord will lead them in their discussion. BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW

 


 

Garden winner

With spring already in full swing now is the time to plan your garden visits for the year ahead. Bowood House & Gardens in Wiltshire has just been named the 2014 Garden of the Year, in awards sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie's. 

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Bowood House

With spring already in full swing now is the time to plan your garden visits for the year ahead. Bowood House & Gardens in Wiltshire has just been named the 2014 Garden of the Year, in awards sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie's. 

 

 

 

 

 

Container combination - An Early Riser

Plant up a pot - designer Kristy Ramage makes the most of spring's early charmers to create a container with the appeal of the woodland edge.

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Spring scheme for pots c. Andrew Montgomery

Plant up a pot - designer Kristy Ramage makes the most of spring's early charmers to create a container with the appeal of the woodland edge.

An Early Riser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somerset Gardens Tour 2014

Visit some of the finest and most influential gardens in England set within the wooded coombes and lush meadows of rural Somerset and its borders: 15-19 June, 2014

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The Organic Gardens at Holt Farm

Visit some of the finest and most influential gardens in England set within the wooded coombes and lush meadows of rural Somerset and its borders: 15-19 June, 2014

 

Nurseryman's favourites – February

In the first of her new series, Derry Watkins of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Bob's Best' as one of her favourite plants for the winter garden. Plus 8 other plants that look good in February and places to visit at this time of year.

 

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Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Bob's Best' c. Jason Ingram

In the first of her new series, Derry Watkins of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Bob's Best' as one of her favourite plants for the winter garden. Plus 8 other plants that look good in February and places to visit at this time of year.

 

 

9 stylish greenhouses with porches

Our Design Sourcebook shortlists some of the most stylish options for greenhouses with porches

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Traditional greenhouse with coldframes from Victorian Greenhouses

Our Design Sourcebook shortlists some of the most stylish options for greenhouses with porches

DESIGN SOURCEBOOK
Nine stylish ways to keep your beloved plants happy through the seasons - we look at greenhouses with porches

 

SIZE MATTERS

 

 

Book review - Virginia Woolf’s Garden

We review Virginia Woolf’s Garden by Caroline Zoob to learn more about the secrets behind the famous literary garden at Monk’s House in Sussex.

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Virginia Woolf's Garden

We review Virginia Woolf’s Garden by Caroline Zoob to learn more about the secrets behind the famous literary garden at Monk’s House in Sussex.

 

 

 

 

Virginia Woolf’s Garden: The Story of the Garden at Monk’s House
by Caroline Zoob, photographs by Caroline Arber
Jacqui Small, £30
ISBN 978-1909342132