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Save 10% on exclusive dahlia combinations

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

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Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

Dahlias make fantastic focal points and work well when grown as part of a combination. The vibrancy of colour and boldness of form means they need carefully chosen companions - as shown by dahlia expert Helen Lewis in the September issue (213, page 68). To help you create fantastic displays of your own Helen is offering four unique collections to buy that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grass partners.

Why do some flowers smell?

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

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Visiting pollinator c.David Murray

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains some of the science behind why flowers smell.

Late summer planting combination for pots

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

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Late summer container combination from Kristy Ramage c.Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

Lilac beauty

9 of the best long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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Long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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We pick out nine of the best long-handled bulb planters, ideal for when you have a large number of blulbs to plant and don't want to spend hours on your knees.

 

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Extra Extra! Another recipe from Great Dixter’s kitchen garden

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

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Great Dixter’s larder c. Andrew Montgomery

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

Great Dixter's kitchen gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen chooses redcurrant jelly as a favourite recipe from the late Christopher Lloyd's Gardener Cook.

Redcurrant Jelly

12 great plants for encouraging beneficial insects

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

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Pollinator friendly plants c. Elke Borkowski

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

"It all started with a visit to Box Hill one hot June afternoon. After a vigorous climb, I threw myself on the ground, closed my eyes and became aware of much noise and activity around me. I opened my eyes and stared. A few inches from my face were bees, covered with pollen supping nectar, butterflies flitting from one flower to another, ants and beetles lugging food to their nests, and a multitude of other beasties I didn’t recognise.

Nurseryman's favourites – August

Nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’ as the perfect plant for a sense of cool summer freshness. Plus 9 other recommendations of top summer plants and places to visit.

 

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Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’ c. Jason Ingram

Nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’ as the perfect plant for a sense of cool summer freshness. Plus 9 other recommendations of top summer plants and places to visit.

 

Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’
An elegant, pure white version of Thalictrum delavayi, its delicate maidenhair-fern-like leaves are a brighter green than the species. The airy foliage is delightful on its own, but then in July the whole plant is sprinkled with little round buds like pearls, which open out into ballerina skirts, the pure white petals flaring to reveal a cluster of pale cream anthers. In midsummer when everything else is starting to look a bit tired this remains as fresh and crisp as a May morning.

Recipes from Great Dixter’s vegetable garden

Aaron Bertelsen is the vegetable gardener/cook at Great Dixter in Sussex. Here he gives us some of his - and the late Christopher Lloyd's - favourite recipes that make the most of fresh garden produce.

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Dixter tomato harvest c. Andrew Montgomery

Aaron Bertelsen is the vegetable gardener/cook at Great Dixter in Sussex. Here he gives us some of his - and the late Christopher Lloyd's - favourite recipes that make the most of fresh garden produce.

‘We have always grown a lot of fruit and vegetables in the garden,’ wrote Christopher Lloyd. ‘What could be more natural than to want to use them effectively in the kitchen?’ When Christopher’s parents, Nathaniel and Daisy Lloyd, bought Great Dixter in 1910, growing your own food (or having it grown for you), was the norm for anyone with access to an appropriate plot of land.

Pelargoniums collection from Woottens of Wenhaston

Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a pelargoniums collection at a special price for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.

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Woottens Pelargonium collection offer

Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a pelargoniums collection at a special price for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.

Take a look at this offer from pelargonium specialist Woottens of Wenhaston. It has picked out three gorgeous pelargoniums in striking colours that will work well either on their own or in combination.

Offer
Choose from either Collection 1 or 2 - plus there's an additional offer to pre-order Pelargonium 'Ardens' now for when stocks are available.

Container combination - Butterflies and flashbacks

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

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Butterflies and flashbacks c Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

Butterflies and flashbacks

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