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Top tips for wildlife friendly gardening

Wild About Gardens Week - here's 9 tips to help make your garden more wildlife friendly. Even the smallest corner of 'happy chaos' will help.

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Sticky Wicket nectar garden c. Jason Ingram

Wild About Gardens Week - here's 9 tips to help make your garden more wildlife friendly. Even the smallest corner of 'happy chaos' will help.

Wildlife gardening expert Pam Lewis from Sticky Wicket garden in Dorset offers some dos and don'ts on making your garden as wildlife friendly as possible.

Monty Don - a gardening life

We asked gardener and television presenter Monty Don to tell us about his passion for gardening.

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Monty Don

We asked gardener and television presenter Monty Don to tell us about his passion for gardening.

Every month in the magazine, in our Gardening Talent spot, we ask an up-and-coming gardener what their gardening passions and influences are. Ahead of our talk with Monty Don on 10th October at the Royal Geographical Society, we thought we'd ask him - as one of the UK's most recognisable gardeners - the same questions to find out a little more about his own gardening passions.

Here's what he said:

12 pretty plants for wildlife lovers

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

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Attracting insects to your garden c. Jason Ingram

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

Plants for wildlife

'Down to Earth - My Garden Story’ with Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

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Monty Don

Join us at our Autumn Lecture with Monty Don as he reflects on his passion for gardens and gardening and tells us how his approach has developed throughout his gardening life. Royal Geographical Society, 10 October 2014.

 

Monty Don's passion for gardens and gardening, organic practices and home-grown vegetables encompasses a deep respect for rural living and traditional skills. We are delighted to welcome him as the speaker at our first GARDENS ILLUSTRATED Autumn Lecture, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, when he will talk about his life in gardening, his passion for growing and his Herefordshire garden in a talk entitled 'Down to Earth - My Garden Story'.

Book review - The English Country House Garden

We review this well-researched exploration of 25 English country house gardens, which includes quintessential examples such as Great Dixter and Hidcote, each considered through the people, landscape and history that make these gardens stand out.

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The English Country House Garden

We review this well-researched exploration of 25 English country house gardens, which includes quintessential examples such as Great Dixter and Hidcote, each considered through the people, landscape and history that make these gardens stand out.

The English Country House Garden
by George Plumptre, Photographs by Marcus Harpur

Frances Lincoln Publishers, £25
ISBN 978-0711232990

Create this gorgeous planting combination

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

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Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Helen Lewis from Ferdinandushof nursery in the Netherlands creates a gorgeous planting scheme for dahlias and complementary grases and perennials. She calls this one 'Fireball' - oranges, yellows, reds and limes combine with rich purples to dramatic effect.

Take these dahlias

 

 

 

 

 

Save 10% on exclusive dahlia combinations

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

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Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

Dahlias make fantastic focal points and work well when grown as part of a combination. The vibrancy of colour and boldness of form means they need carefully chosen companions - as shown by dahlia expert Helen Lewis in the September issue (213, page 68). To help you create fantastic displays of your own Helen is offering four unique collections to buy that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grass partners.

Why do some flowers smell?

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

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Visiting pollinator c.David Murray

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains some of the science behind why flowers smell.

Late summer planting combination for pots

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

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Late summer container combination from Kristy Ramage c.Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

Lilac beauty

9 of the best long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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Long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

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We pick out nine of the best long-handled bulb planters, ideal for when you have a large number of blulbs to plant and don't want to spend hours on your knees.

 

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