Plants

Tasty culinary ideas for herbs

Herbs are an essential ingredient in everyday cooking, adding depth and flavour to any dish. Here, gardener cook Jojo Tulloh shares some of her favourite uses for common herbs. 

 

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The best uses for common herbs

Herbs are an essential ingredient in everyday cooking, adding depth and flavour to any dish. Here, gardener cook Jojo Tulloh shares some of her favourite uses for common herbs. 

 

Top culinary ideas for herbs

 

A herb garden should be more than aromatic window dressing. It should be a key part of your everyday cooking. But how can you know which herbs you will find most useful before you have planted them? Here are some of my favourite uses for common herbs, so print this out, stick it on the fridge and wait for summer.

 

Book of the month: Planting in a Post-Wild World

Book of the month: Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

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Planting in a Post Wild world

Book of the month: Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

Planting in a Post-Wild World:
Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

By Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

Timber Press, £25
ISBN 978-1604695533

'This thought-provoking book from two of the leading voices in ecological landscape design combines passion with practical how-to'

 

 

Download our designer border plan: Ravishing beauty

Award-winning garden designer Jinny Blom creates her planting plan for a blissfully romantic flower border. Download the planting plan here.

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Jinny Blom's romantic border plan

Award-winning garden designer Jinny Blom creates her planting plan for a blissfully romantic flower border. Download the planting plan here.

"I am hopelessly unfashionable," says garden designer Jinny Blom. "So being asked to create an unashamedly romantic border was a delight."

http://content.bbcmagazinesbristol.com/gardensillustrated/pdf/ravishing%20beauty%20pdf%20to%20download.pdf
Download the pdf file.

Ferns

The story of a stumpery garden near Seattle, Washington, a list of the tempting fern varieties plus the best stumpery gardens to visit in the UK and the USA. 

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Ferns

The story of a stumpery garden near Seattle, Washington, a list of the tempting fern varieties plus the best stumpery gardens to visit in the UK and the USA. 

On an island in Puget Sound, in the far northwest corner of the USA, is one of the world’s largest stumperies, created as part of a private garden. UK fern expert Martin Rickard helped owners Pat and Walt Riehl design and plant their 10,000 square foot stumpery on Vashon Island, a short ferry ride west from Seattle.

 

Garden tasks: February

It may be cold outside but there's plenty to be getting on with in the veg patch. Alys Fowler takes you through what to do this month in your kitchen garden.

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Alys Fowler

It may be cold outside but there's plenty to be getting on with in the veg patch. Alys Fowler takes you through what to do this month in your kitchen garden.

For the gardener, February may not be the greatest month, but at least the first primroses arrive to brighten the garden. Those with polythene and cloches can get ahead and warm soil for early March sowings, and some will have plenty of winter greens hanging on. Check under cloches for slugs and open to the air on warmer days to stop moulds and botrytis on young seedlings. Start sowing broad beans and peas in succession, protected sowings of rocket, oriental greens for cut-and-come-again, leeks and lettuce.
 
Digging

Cold climate plants

If you garden in tough conditions, take inspiration from these woody plants that thrive in one of the toughest places in Europe, Sweden. 

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Cold climate plants

If you garden in tough conditions, take inspiration from these woody plants that thrive in one of the toughest places in Europe, Sweden. 

Hostile climates come in many forms. Gardeners may face long snowy winters with a short spring, sub-zero temperatures when the ground freezes for months, exposed headlands or hillsides where the wind chill factor takes its toll, or garden at altitude in northern climes with a growing season measured in a few short weeks.

Drought-tolerant plants

Cistus nursery near Portland, Oregon, offers a huge range of drought-resistant plants. Gardens Illustrated had a chat with Cistus's proprietor, Sean Hogan to discover his favourite drought resistant plants. 

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Drought resistant plants

Cistus nursery near Portland, Oregon, offers a huge range of drought-resistant plants. Gardens Illustrated had a chat with Cistus's proprietor, Sean Hogan to discover his favourite drought resistant plants. 

Drought-resistant plants at Cistus Nursery

 

 

Reader Event: Painting the Modern Garden - 30 March 2016

Gardens Illustrated readers are invited to the Royal Academy for an exclusive viewing of the landmark exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

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Claude Monet, The Artist’s Garden at Giverny, 1900. Oil on canvas, 89.5 x 92.1cm

Gardens Illustrated readers are invited to the Royal Academy for an exclusive viewing of the landmark exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

 

What to plant in 2016

Ten experts tell Gardens Illustrated their top plants for 2016. 

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Plants for 2016

Ten experts tell Gardens Illustrated their top plants for 2016. 

With so many plants to choose from - and never a big enough garden - how do you choose which plants to grow? Here, ten experts tell Gardens Illustrated their top plants for 2016. 

 

Val Bourne
Garden writer and plantswoman, valbourne.co.uk

 

Conserving New Zealand's native flora

The Banks Peninsula is a remote area of New Zealand's South Island. The rare, native plants that grow here are protected by the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, which was established in 2000 by Jill and Richard Simpson. Here Jill shows how the garden she has created interplays with the landscape and she lists 9 key plants from her garden. 

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Conserving native plants

The Banks Peninsula is a remote area of New Zealand's South Island. The rare, native plants that grow here are protected by the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, which was established in 2000 by Jill and Richard Simpson. Here Jill shows how the garden she has created interplays with the landscape and she lists 9 key plants from her garden. 

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