Plants

15 hardy annuals

15 hardy annuals chosen from gardener Philippa Hodkinson's garden on the edge of a windy moor in Northumberland. 

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Hardy annuals

15 hardy annuals chosen from gardener Philippa Hodkinson's garden on the edge of a windy moor in Northumberland. 

Philippa Hodkinson gardens in England's most northerly county, Northumberland. Here she picks 15 of her favourite annuals that grow successfully in her windswept garden. 

Golden beetroot soup

Nutritious and full of flavour; nothing beats a bowl of golden beetroot soup on a cold winter's day. 

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Beetroot soup

Nutritious and full of flavour; nothing beats a bowl of golden beetroot soup on a cold winter's day. 

Golden beetroot soup

 

Serves 4

 

Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

Gardeners spend their time digging, weeding, planting and picking. Often the hardest work is done when the weather is cold and even if your hands are covered in a pair of gloves, the bitter weather sneaks through and plays havoc with your hands and can leave skin looking worn, chapped and dry. Although skin can cope with a little toughening up every now and again, in the long term, you need to protect your cells from premature ageing.

All natural and environmentally conscious, here are 10 of our favourite hand creams that we think are especially beneficial for gardeners. 

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. In the December issue, 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. 

 

5 inspiring winter garden walks

Don't let the cold, wet weather put you off from visiting gardens over the winter months. Here are five spectacular gardens to that are worth a visit, whatever the weather. 

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5 inspiring garden walks

Don't let the cold, wet weather put you off from visiting gardens over the winter months. Here are five spectacular gardens to that are worth a visit, whatever the weather. 

During the colder months, it's tempting to stay indoors and keep warm by the fire but winter gardens can be a great source of inspiration so it is well worth taking the time to visit. We've picked five winter garden walks that show off stunning garden structure and offer a great day out, whatever the weather. 

 

Spiced parsnip and apple muffins

The perfect cold-weather treat that is both seasonal and delicious. 

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Apple and parsnip muffins

The perfect cold-weather treat that is both seasonal and delicious. 

Spiced parsnip and apple muffins

 

Serves 12

How to create an immersive garden

Garden designer, Sarah Price looks into the importance of transitions and portals that help create an immersive garden experience. 

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Immersive garden space

Garden designer, Sarah Price looks into the importance of transitions and portals that help create an immersive garden experience. 

Like a good film, a truly immersive garden has atmosphere and intrigue, created in part by movement between its different spaces. Sarah says, "[entering a garden] should be like stepping through a portal into a new world and not knowing exactly what you'll discover inside. Even in a small space, you can create intrigue by partially obscuring a view; it may be the planting of a singular tall, rush-like Restio, a wall of semi-transparent Molina grasses, a lacy-stemmed shrub, or a window cut into a hedge". Here are her tips on how to create a garden portal.

11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter and where to buy them

Winter is often thought as a dead time in the garden but there are still plenty of plants that offer colour and interest during the colder months. Here are 11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter interest and where to buy them.

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Trees and Shrubs for Winter

Winter is often thought as a dead time in the garden but there are still plenty of plants that offer colour and interest during the colder months. Here are 11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter interest and where to buy them.

It's worth keeping in mind that even in winter, plants should be used to provide structure, form and colour. Rosemary Alexander, founder and principal of the English Gardening School picks 11 of the best trees and shrubs for winter interest. 

 

How to make a floral Advent calendar

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

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How to make an Advent calendar

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

Sonya Patel Ellis promotes the beauty of dried flowers by creating herbaria with a traditional wooden herbarium press she made herself. She has produced a collection of more than 100 pressed and mounted plant and flower specimens, collected over the course of a year from her garden in east London.

Homemade alioli

As winter approaches, colour begins to drain away from the garden but that doesn't mean it also has to fade from your food. Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for creating a vivid green, homemade alioli. 

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Homemade alioli

As winter approaches, colour begins to drain away from the garden but that doesn't mean it also has to fade from your food. Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for creating a vivid green, homemade alioli. 

When it comes to colour, winter cooking can verge on dingy. All those braises and stews mean brown is often in the ascendant. Import a little zing by using the viridifloric essence of herbs and spinach to tint sauces, soups and, in this case, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) a vivid green.

 

Green alioli

 

 

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