Plants

Nerines and amarines; how do you go about cultivating them?

Nerines and amarines flower when most other flowers have faded, so how do you go about cultivating them for yourself? 

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How to cultivate nerines c.Sietske de Vries

Nerines and amarines flower when most other flowers have faded, so how do you go about cultivating them for yourself? 

Kitty de Jong owns a wholesale production nursery and breeding centre in the Netherlands, specialising in nerines and amarines. The South African bulbs flower later than tulips, daffodils and alliums, so provide a pop of colour to dull autumn days.

5 top garden designers recommend the best spring bulbs

Five leading garden designers recommend the best spring bulbs to add colour into the garden after the dull winter months.

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Top designers recommend spring bulbs

Five leading garden designers recommend the best spring bulbs to add colour into the garden after the dull winter months.

It may sound like a cliché, but spring bulbs really do add a touch of sparkle and much-needed colour when little else wants to show itself above the cold soil. Five leading garden designers recommend their favourite spring bulbs. 

Annie Guilfoyle, Garden designer
“Plant bulbs in larger quantities than you think you’ll want; that way you will not be disappointed.”

Book tickets for the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017

Join us at the Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March, to celebrate the very best in gardens, plants and design. Tickets on sale now.

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The Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017

Join us at the Gardens Illustrated Festival, 25-26 March, to celebrate the very best in gardens, plants and design. Tickets on sale now.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017

 

Gardens Illustrated is delighted to announce that our second festival is taking place over the weekend of 25-26 March 2017 at the magnificent country house and gardens of Westonbirt School in the Cotswolds.

Stylish container planting using autumn colours

Gardener Jacky Mills creates a stylish container display using plants that celebrate the array of colour in autumn. 

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Planting ideas for autumn containers

Gardener Jacky Mills creates a stylish container display using plants that celebrate the array of colour in autumn. 

Autumn extravanganza

21 of the best hardy geraniums

Geraniums are easy-to-grow, popular plants and can be found growing in most gardens, regardless of size or situation. Here plantsman John Hoyland recommends twenty-one of the best, more recently introduced, cranesbill geraniums. 

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21 of the best hardy geraniums

Geraniums are easy-to-grow, popular plants and can be found growing in most gardens, regardless of size or situation. Here plantsman John Hoyland recommends twenty-one of the best, more recently introduced, cranesbill geraniums. 

Geraniums are easy to grow and generally adaptable, with species that are at home in the cool comfort of woodlands while others thrive in the baking harshness of screes. The loose and relaxed character of geraniums fits well with the informal planting styles that have dominated gardens for the past 60 years. Here, plantsman John Hoyland recommends 21 of the best new cranesbill geranium cultivars that are suited to many kinds of garden. 

Piet Oudolf's meadow at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset

Dutch designer Piet Oudolf has transformed a rectangular plot at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset, into a spectacular perennial display. 

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Piet Oudolf's meadow at Hauser & Wirth

Dutch designer Piet Oudolf has transformed a rectangular plot at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset, into a spectacular perennial display. 

Oudolf Field, opened on 14 September 2014 as a thrilling adjunct to a new Hauser & Wirth art gallery on the outskirts of Bruton, Somerset. The style of planting is that of a perennial meadow, laid out in 17 curving, interlocking beds divided by a broad, gravelled walk. Originally, the Field really was a field – a plain, long, uncultivated rectangle sloping up and away from a handsome collection of stone farm buildings. Swiss couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth added a contemporary art gallery and asked Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf to provide a master plan for the whole site.

Contemporary German planting

Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers the importance of the trials garden at Weihenstephan in helping to define contemporary Germany planting.

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Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers the importance of the trials garden at Weihenstephan in helping to define contemporary Germany planting.

Weihenstephan: meet a German gardener or landscape designer, and the chances are, they studied here. Its a unique institution, with no real equivalent in the English-speaking world, a whole campus, which sprawls attractively across a couple of hills and the intervening valley, and unlike most such places it is not the buildings that make the impact but the gardens, research plots and fields of crops.

Book of the month: Garden Revolution

Our book of the month for July is Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher. Read the review here. 

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Book of the month: Garden Revolution

Our book of the month for July is Garden Revolution by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher. Read the review here. 

Garden Revolution
by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher

Timber Press, £25
ISBN 978-1604696165

 

How to create habitat-based plantings - the distillation of two professional lifetimes. American, but something here for all of us.

Reviewer Noël Kingsbury is a writer and plantsman.

 

 

 

8 favourites for summer impact

In Portland, Oregon, Nancy Goldman finds joy in filling her garden with plants. Here you can find which are her favourites. 

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Plant-filled garden

In Portland, Oregon, Nancy Goldman finds joy in filling her garden with plants. Here you can find which are her favourites. 

Nancy Goldman has always been serious about her gardening. But not too serious. This is Portland, Oregon, after all, where the eccentric and the whacky are more or less mainstream, and here 'Keep Portland Weird' is almost the city motto.

 

 

 

How art can help save wild habitats and their plants

By creating photographs of pressed wildflowers from around the globe, artist Jane Anashka creates prints and cards that she hopes will help to protect wild plants and their habitats. 

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Pressed flower prints and cards

By creating photographs of pressed wildflowers from around the globe, artist Jane Anashka creates prints and cards that she hopes will help to protect wild plants and their habitats. 

How art can help save wild habitats and their plants

 

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