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2016 garden design trend forecast

Top garden experts share with Gardens Illustrated their design trend forecast for 2016. 

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Garden trends for 2016

Top garden experts share with Gardens Illustrated their design trend forecast for 2016. 

With an increasing awareness of the complex yet vital role nature plays in our lives, how do garden designers see this reflected in what we want for our gardens? Here is their trend forecast for 2016. 

 

Planting terrariums

Terrariums are miniature gardens created under glass and they are making a comeback. Here we show you how to plant up your own terrarium with an easy step-by-step guide. 

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Building terrariums

Terrariums are miniature gardens created under glass and they are making a comeback. Here we show you how to plant up your own terrarium with an easy step-by-step guide. 

Terrariums not only add a dynamic element to a room, but also create a tiny eco-system you can enjoy close up.

Below, Ali Bell explains how to build one of these miniature gardens in a glass dodecahedron; she says 'the geometric shape [of the glass dodecahedron] both magnifies and frames the symmetric forms of the Echeveria and other small sculptural succulents, whose intricate details are best appreciated close up.'

Hardy annuals for challenging conditions

We continue our look at hardy annuals with a further selection chosen from gardener Philippa Hodkinson's garden on the edge of a windy moor in Northumberland. 

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Hardy annuals

We continue our look at hardy annuals with a further selection 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. Click here to see a further selection from Philippa's garden.

Plant hardiness ratings explained

You may have noticed in the magazine that we use hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

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Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we use hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

When we buy a plant, there’s always the temptation to make an impulse purchase. Yet the first question that should pop into a gardener’s head is ‘will it actually thrive in my garden?’

In a climate as varied as the British Isles, one of the main factors used to work this out is whether it can survive the winter outdoors unaided – what we call ‘hardiness’.

The best books for plant lovers

We consider the best horticultural books that all discerning gardeners need on their bookshelves. 

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Plant lover’s library

We consider the best horticultural books that all discerning gardeners need on their bookshelves. 

There are plenty of books that specialise in planting, whether their focus is on planting schemes, garden design or the botanical properties of the plants themselves. As there is so much literature to choose from, Gardens Illustrated put together a list of the best books for plant lovers - the titles any discerning gardener should have in their library. 

 

15 roses from Sissinghhurst Castle

The garden created by the writer Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle is famed for its roses. We highlight some of the many roses to be found blooming in the garden.

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Sissinghurst c. Rachel Warne

The garden created by the writer Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle is famed for its roses. We highlight some of the many roses to be found blooming in the garden.

When head gardener Troy Scott Smith discovered some of the roses Vita had planted were no longer grown he set out to put them back. 

'Vita's own diaries and notebooks, along with catalogues she marked with potential orders, have helped us identify many of the roses she grew, while lists left by former head gardeners have provided greater detail. 

In late 2013 we began the process of sourcing these missing roses. Many have now been found, but some cultivars are proving more elusive.

How to create a tonal border from garden design expert, Arne Maynard

The borders at Cottesbrooke Hall are made up of pale pinks, deep purples and icy blues. Garden designer Arne Maynard shares some of the plants that make up the stunning borders, grouping them together in colour palettes.

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Cottesbrooke border c. Jonathan Buckley

The borders at Cottesbrooke Hall are made up of pale pinks, deep purples and icy blues. Garden designer Arne Maynard shares some of the plants that make up the stunning borders, grouping them together in colour palettes.

The borders at Cottesbrooke Hall are made up of pale pinks, deep purples and icy blues. They are the work of garden designer, Arne Maynard who weaves atmosphere into all his planting with an expert eye for detail, use of texture and concept of space. Here he shares some of the plants that make up the stunning borders, grouping them together in colour palettes.

 

Where in the world to see wild flowers from the experts who know

Ten horticultural experts share their favourite places in the world to see wildflowers

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Places to see wildflowers

Ten horticultural experts share their favourite places in the world to see wildflowers

Naturalistic planting has seen a surge of interest over the last year, and the trend is set to continue into 2016 as leading designers are looking increasingly to nature for planting inspiration. With hundreds of breathtaking places around the world to choose from, ten experts share their favourite places to see wildflowers.

 

Growing for cut-flower bouquets

Four cut-flower combinations to grow for the ultimate bouquet. 

 

 

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Cut-flower bouquets

Four cut-flower combinations to grow for the ultimate bouquet. 

 

 

The secret of a stunning cut-flower display is all in the mix so we asked florist and plantswoman, Anne Townley to suggest four cut-flower combinations to grow for the ultimate bouquet. 

 

Pink perfection

50 best plant nurseries in the UK

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects some of the nation's finest nurseries.

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c. Hannah McVicar

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects some of the nation's finest nurseries.

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects 50 of the nation's finest nurseries.

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Architectural Plants
Exotic plants with presence sum up the plants here and specialities include bamboos rated for hardiness with a traffic lights system, seaside plants, ‘spikies’ such as agaves and yuccas, topiary and rare evergreen broadleaved trees. Large range of pots too.

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