Plants

How to identify trees: Berrying and hedgerow trees

In the third of a four-part series on identifying trees, Lia Leendertz explains how you can spot berrying and hedgerow trees by learning the blossoms, fruits and nuts in British hedgerows. Here you will discover rowan, crab apple and hawthorn. 

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How to identify berrying trees

In the third of a four-part series on identifying trees, Lia Leendertz explains how you can spot berrying and hedgerow trees by learning the blossoms, fruits and nuts in British hedgerows. Here you will discover rowan, crab apple and hawthorn. 

The trees growing in British hedgerows are often the most common. If you grew up in the countryside, you will no doubt be familiar with the old wives tales associated to the hawthorn bush and the joy of moulding hazel twigs into trusty, but harmless, weapons. Here, Lia Leendertz explains how you can identify the much-loved rowan, hawthorn and crab apple trees throughout the seasons and lists key features of each.

 

Sorbus aucuparia rowan

 

Martha Stewart's top tips for a successful garden

In the January issue of Gardens Illustrated we visit writer, TV personality and garden enthusiast Martha Stewart's private garden. Here she gives her top tips for creating a successful garden and recommends some of the best gardens to visit in the USA. 

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Martha Stewart private garden

In the January issue of Gardens Illustrated we visit writer, TV personality and garden enthusiast Martha Stewart's private garden. Here she gives her top tips for creating a successful garden and recommends some of the best gardens to visit in the USA. 

In the gardens of her New York State farm, Martha Stewart has created a series of spaces that reflect her passion for learning and experimentation. Here she offers her gardening tips for creating a successful garden and recommends gardens to the visit in US.

Why plant lovers should visit La Gomera

In the first of a new series on travelling the world in search of planting inspiration, horticulturist and adventurer Hannah Gardner explores the volcanic hills of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

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Visit La Gomera

In the first of a new series on travelling the world in search of planting inspiration, horticulturist and adventurer Hannah Gardner explores the volcanic hills of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

Garden events and shows 2018

If you can tear yourself away from your own garden, there are countless garden shows and festivals awaiting you this year. Here we list some of the best garden events and shows in 2018.

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Garden events and shows 2018

If you can tear yourself away from your own garden, there are countless garden shows and festivals awaiting you this year. Here we list some of the best garden events and shows in 2018.

Garden events and shows offer some of the best sources of plant and design inspiration, both in the UK and abroad. Now is a great time to start planning for the year ahead so grab your diary and a pen and jot down some of these recommended events and shows happening in 2018.

 

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WIN! all 14 of our books of the year

Enter our competition for your chance to win all 14 of our Gardens Illustrated books of the year, as seen in The Plant Issue 2017. 

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Win Gardens Illustrated Books of the Year 2017

Enter our competition for your chance to win all 14 of our Gardens Illustrated books of the year, as seen in The Plant Issue 2017. 

WIN! All 14 of our books of the year

 

 

Competition: 14 best books from 2017

We have one set of all 14 of our books of the year to give away. Test your gardening knowledge to win:

Ideas for decorating the table for Christmas

Brighten up your Christmas table with these festive arrangements using evergreens and winter-flowering shrubs. 

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Ideas for decorating the dinner table for Christmas

Brighten up your Christmas table with these festive arrangements using evergreens and winter-flowering shrubs. 

A delicious home-cooked dinner is the defining moment on Christmas Day and what better way to dress up the occasion than with a dinner table adorned with seasonal and festive decorations? Here we have two designs from gardener and floral designer Bea Andrews that are elegant and simple but will have your family suitably impressed. 

How to identify trees: Conifers

In the second of our four-part series on identifying trees Lia Leendertz explains how to identify conifers. Here she takes a closer look at the Scots pine, yew and larch. 

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In the second of our four-part series on identifying trees Lia Leendertz explains how to identify conifers. Here she takes a closer look at the Scots pine, yew and larch. 

Conifer forests cover large swathes of Scotland and are a common sight in most of our British woodlands. They are impressive-looking trees and they evoke a sense of mystery and fairytale when you walk amongst them. Here, Lia Leendertz takes a closer look at the Scots Pine, Yew and Larch. 

Pinus sylvestris - Scots pine

 

The best gardening books of 2017

Gardens Illustrated pick 14 favourite gardening reads from 2017

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The best gardening books 2017

Gardens Illustrated pick 14 favourite gardening reads from 2017

It's been an amazing year for new gardening titles. From coffee table tombs to pocket-sized guides, the books of 2017 have offered advice on caring for houseplants, making peace with garden weeds and common design dilemmas as well as offering an insight into inspiring garden and plants and the people who care for them. Here is a list of the best books from 2017.

 

Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

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Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

In the run up to Christmas, the garden is often forgotten while the house fills up with festive decorations. Kristy Ramage brings the joy of Christmas lighting to her garden in Monmouthshire and creates six enchanting designs that help to lighten up gloomy winter nights. 

 

How to buy the best Christmas tree

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

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Noble fir - which Christmas tree should you choose

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

What is the perfect Christmas tree? In a sense, of course, all Christmas trees are perfect. But there’s no getting away from the fact that some clog up the vacuum cleaner more than others. So here is your essential guide to the various types of tree available, with some advice on the benefits of each, from scent to needle retention. We also provide a guide on how to get the best from your tree over the festive season – and beyond, if you have bought a potted or container-grown one.

 

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