Plants

Try this tulip combination

As Parham House in West Sussex prepares to plants out bulbs for next spring, head gardener Tom Brown considers one of his favourite tulip combinations. 

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Try this tulip combination

As Parham House in West Sussex prepares to plants out bulbs for next spring, head gardener Tom Brown considers one of his favourite tulip combinations. 

Try this tulip combination from Parham House

There are some 10,000 tulip bulbs to be planted at Parham House in West Sussex this autumn in readiness for a spectacular display next spring. A display that not only has to look good in the garden, but also provide ample cuttings for the fine, Elizabethan house. “There’s a 100-year-old tradition of cut flowers here at Parham,” says head gardener Tom Brown, “with flowers chosen specifically to complement the decor in each room of the house.”

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.

How to create stylish, indoor container displays

In the last of his series on creating containers with impact, gardener Thomas Unterdorfer keeps the colder weather at bay with hothouse and conservatory favourites. Here he uses Geoppertia crocata 'Tassmania' to echo the fire and light that is synonymous with the time of year. 

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How to create indoor container displays

In the last of his series on creating containers with impact, gardener Thomas Unterdorfer keeps the colder weather at bay with hothouse and conservatory favourites. Here he uses Geoppertia crocata 'Tassmania' to echo the fire and light that is synonymous with the time of year. 

November is the time to indulge in some luscious planting, with the memory of warm autumn colours still fresh in the mind. The inspiration for this scheme came from the flowers of Goeppertia crocata ‘Tassmania’, which reminds me of burning torches.

Florals for your home with Emily Burningham designs

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Emily Burningham

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Unusual vegetables to grow in your garden

Mix things up in your vegetable garden and try growing a few unusual varieties among your traditional crops. Jojo Tulloh recommends a few of her favourites. 

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Unusual vegetables to grow in your garden

Mix things up in your vegetable garden and try growing a few unusual varieties among your traditional crops. Jojo Tulloh recommends a few of her favourites. 

Annual vegetables sown, grown and harvested in a single season are a fairly inefficient way of growing food if you think about all the effort it takes and the hours you spend cultivating the plants, only for them to be pulled up and composted at the end of the season. By contrast trees and perennial plants will provide you with crops from year to year and more time to enjoy your garden.

Make your own cobnut and mulberry granola

Jojo Tulloh makes the most of October's nut crops in this recipe for cobnut and mulberry granola. 

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Cobnut and mulberry granola

Jojo Tulloh makes the most of October's nut crops in this recipe for cobnut and mulberry granola. 

Try using cobnuts in the recipe below for granola with dried, white mulberries. If you don't have your own crop, many farmers' markets sell them at this time of year - or you can use hazelnuts as an alternative.

Places to visit to see autumn colour

Recommended places to visit to admire the fiery colour palette of autumn.

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Places to visit to see autumn colour

Recommended places to visit to admire the fiery colour palette of autumn.

The blaze of colour that autumn brings is a delight and it's worth venturing outside to see it, whatever the weather. Here, head gardener Mat Reese suggests some of his favourite places to visit to see the seasons colours at their best. 

Expert tips for growing apples

Head gardener at Gravetye Manor, Tom Coward gives his top tips for growing apples. 

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Top tips for growing apples

Head gardener at Gravetye Manor, Tom Coward gives his top tips for growing apples. 

The Orchard at Gravetye Manor dates back to the 1890s when the charismatic garden writer William Robinson first moved to Gravetye. The sheltered, two-acre, south-facing slope is quite protected from frosts and cold winds and warms up in the summer to ripen some amazing fruit. Here head gardener Tom Coward gives his top tips for growing apples.

 

 

 

 

Growing liquorice in West Yorkshire

Pontefract in West Yorkshire was once a centre of liquorice cultivation. Now Robert and Heather Copley are growing it once more on their farm. 

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Liquorice growing

Pontefract in West Yorkshire was once a centre of liquorice cultivation. Now Robert and Heather Copley are growing it once more on their farm. 

Robert and Heather Copley are growing liquorice root on their farm near Pontefract. If you eat the root straight from the ground and chew it slowly, a fresh taste somewhere between sweetness and salt emerges.

Expert tips for designing a meadow

Garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair gives his advice and tips for designing a meadow. 

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Expert tips for designing a meadow

Garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair gives his advice and tips for designing a meadow. 

Everybody loves the romantic idea of a meadow – running freely through long grasses and waving cornfield flora, possibly wearing a loose shift of broderie anglaise, before throwing yourself down in a field and chewing on a grassy stem while watching grasshoppers hop and crickets chirp. Perhaps in the distance you can see the weary (though ruggedly handsome) farmhand plodding home with scythe on shoulder and empty cider flaggon bumping against his moleskinned hip. Sounds marvellous, doesn’t it?

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