Plants

Discount from The Balcony Gardener

22 July 2013 - 12:57pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
The Balcony Gardener

If you garden in a small space, you’ll be interested to know that online retailer The Balcony Gardener offers a range of containers, furniture, tools, seeds and other products and accessories perfect for a garden with limited space. PLUS this month GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers get a 10% discount.

 

 

 

 

Spot the Gnome competition

12 July 2013 - 12:13pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
GI gnome

Here's an update on our 'Spot the Gnome' competition that appeared in our special Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the June digital edition.

 

Our Spot the Gnome competition (found on our June digital edition) is now closed. Thank you to those who entered. Unfortunately no one got the answer correct (admittedly it was quite tricky to spot all of the gnome's appearances!). So, we're going to keep back the prize of a Haws copper watering can and copy of Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury's Planting: A New Perspective for a future competition.

Butterflies in the garden

27 June 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Comma c.Matt Berry for Butterfly Conservation

Do your bit to help our pollinators. We've got details of this summer's Big Butterfly Count PLUS a list of 10 garden plants chosen by butterfly experts Sally and Matthew Oates that will encourage and sustain pollinators.

Nurseryman's favourites – July

26 June 2013 - 2:47pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' c. Sharon Pearson

Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett selects the rich red Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' to fire up summer planting  plus 8 other summer recommendations of plants to grow and places to go.

 

Tagetes patula ‘Dixter Strain’

Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 7-22 September 2013

14 June 2013 - 12:49pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Bergamo town square during landscape design festival

Be part of the cultural gathering, held in the historic Italian city of Bergamo, to celebrate urban environments and natural landscapes through garden design, architecture, ecology, art and education.

 

I Maestri del Paesaggio: International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden,
7-22 September 2013, Bergamo, Italy

The best scented sweet peas

20 May 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Lathyrus 'King Edward VII' c. Sarah Cuttle

Leading plantsman Graham Rice chooses his favourite scented sweet peas – perfect for your garden and hand-picked bouquets

 

Nurseryman's favourites – June

20 May 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Rosa 'Florence Mary Morse' c. Sharon Pearson

Head gardener Fergus Garrett chooses the gorgeous red Rosa 'Florence Mary Morse' as a favourite for the June garden – plus 8 other summer picks and where to go to enjoy the best of the season

Rosa 'Florence Mary Morse'

Things to do during Chelsea Flower Show 2013

16 May 2013 - 5:32pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Chelsea in Bloom

Here's this year's selection of horticulturally themed activities to enjoy during Chelsea Flower Show week - even if you don't have tickets to the show itself. 

Inspired by the horticultural bonanza that is the Chelsea Flower Show? Here's some other garden related activities taking place in London during flower show week.

 

Chelsea Fringe 
18 May- 9 June 2013

Special subscription offer at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

14 May 2013 - 1:23pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Subscription gift - Haws copper watering can

If you're going to the Chelsea Flower Show, visit the Gardens Illustrated stand and sign up to our special subscription offer. Save 40% on the shop price* and choose from either Piet Oudolf's latest book or a Haws copper watering can as your free gift.

Subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May). You'll save 40% on the shop price* and you can choose a FREE gift as part of your subscription package. Choose from either:

 

Nurseryman's favourites – May

25 April 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' c. Sharon Pearson

With summer finally in our sights, head gardener Fergus Garrett suggests the gorgeous poppy Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' for adding depth of colour. Plus other favourite plants choices for May.

Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird'