Plants

How to age your garden

Left to nature, a garden can take many years to reach maturity and feel fully established. Here, Kristy Ramage suggests ways of hastening the process and shows how to age your garden. 

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How to age your garden

Left to nature, a garden can take many years to reach maturity and feel fully established. Here, Kristy Ramage suggests ways of hastening the process and shows how to age your garden. 

In a truly ancient garden, paths and steps have been worn down by pounding feet; tree trunks have grown into walls and fence lines; hedges have broadened, hanging out over boundaries, dipping and rolling, eccentric shapes evolved out of years of clipping. Plants grow where seed has survived, tight against walls, out of reach of boot and broom, colonising banks and verges, the less-tended backs of borders and under shrubs.

Wild About Gardens Week 2016

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Bat Conservation Trust and The Wildlife Trusts have joined up for this years Wild About Gardens Week, 24-30 October 2016, to encourage gardeners to help the survival of our native bats. 

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Wild About Gardens Week 2016

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Bat Conservation Trust and The Wildlife Trusts have joined up for this years Wild About Gardens Week, 24-30 October 2016, to encourage gardeners to help the survival of our native bats. 

Three winter squash recipes to try this Halloween

As Halloween approaches, look beyond the large, bright-orange, carving pumpkins and find green, white or yellow winter squash. Each with a unique flavour, these seasonal fruits are delicious to eat and wonderfully autumnal. Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh shares three of her favourite recipes.  

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Winter squash recipes for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, look beyond the large, bright-orange, carving pumpkins and find green, white or yellow winter squash. Each with a unique flavour, these seasonal fruits are delicious to eat and wonderfully autumnal. Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh shares three of her favourite recipes.  

Butternut squash may be the best known, but the squash family has an almost infinite variety of shapes, sizes, textures and flavours. Versatility is their keynote, being good roasted, puréed, used in soups, turnovers, curries or even pies. The terminology can also cause confusion, as squash can refer to a winter-storing type or summer squashes, which are picked and eaten in the same way as a courgette. Here are some of my favourite winter squashes, good to eat now.

 

Apple Day 2016

Apple day is an event dedicated to celebrating Britain's apple cultivars and orchards. The tradition, started by the charity Common Ground over 30 years ago, is still growing and it's easy for you to get involved. 

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Why you should celebrate apple day this year

Apple day is an event dedicated to celebrating Britain's apple cultivars and orchards. The tradition, started by the charity Common Ground over 30 years ago, is still growing and it's easy for you to get involved. 

Apple Day celebrations raise public awareness about the danger of loosing our traditional orchards and heritage apple cultivars. Started by the charity Common Ground over 25 years ago, events take place up and down the country on or around 21 October to celebrate the apple and all it has to offer.

We've found a few events that give a sense of what Apple Day is all about and a recipe that celebrates Britain's favourite fruit. 

 

Discover the best garlic to grow for flavour and save 15% with our reader offer

Allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh explains why growing your own garlic is so rewarding and suggests some of the best garlics to plant now, plus find out how you can save 15% on buying garlic bulbs with our reader offer. 

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Garlic to grow

Allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh explains why growing your own garlic is so rewarding and suggests some of the best garlics to plant now, plus find out how you can save 15% on buying garlic bulbs with our reader offer. 

Why grow garlic? Taste is the simple answer. The sweet, subtle flavours of a home-grown bulb will put you off acrid, long-stored shop garlic for ever. Grow garlic yourself and you can eat it at every stage, snipping the spring onion-like greens into tarts and soups in February and later on harvesting the curly green stalk-like flower buds or 'scapes' (to use like green beans or asparagus).

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. 

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