Plants

Recipes from Great Dixter’s vegetable garden

Aaron Bertelsen is the vegetable gardener/cook at Great Dixter in Sussex. Here he gives us some of his - and the late Christopher Lloyd's - favourite recipes that make the most of fresh garden produce.

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Dixter tomato harvest c. Andrew Montgomery

Aaron Bertelsen is the vegetable gardener/cook at Great Dixter in Sussex. Here he gives us some of his - and the late Christopher Lloyd's - favourite recipes that make the most of fresh garden produce.

‘We have always grown a lot of fruit and vegetables in the garden,’ wrote Christopher Lloyd. ‘What could be more natural than to want to use them effectively in the kitchen?’ When Christopher’s parents, Nathaniel and Daisy Lloyd, bought Great Dixter in 1910, growing your own food (or having it grown for you), was the norm for anyone with access to an appropriate plot of land.

Pelargoniums collection from Woottens of Wenhaston

Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a pelargoniums collection at a special price for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.

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Woottens Pelargonium collection offer

Woottens of Wenhaston are offering a pelargoniums collection at a special price for GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers.

Take a look at this offer from pelargonium specialist Woottens of Wenhaston. It has picked out three gorgeous pelargoniums in striking colours that will work well either on their own or in combination.

Offer
Choose from either Collection 1 or 2 - plus there's an additional offer to pre-order Pelargonium 'Ardens' now for when stocks are available.

Container combination - Butterflies and flashbacks

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

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Butterflies and flashbacks c Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

Butterflies and flashbacks

Nurseryman's favourites – July

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

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Centaurea atropurpurea c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

Centaurea atropurpurea
The fat buds emerging above the intricately cut grey leaves are so beautifully patterned with shiny dark-edged, overlapping scales that there seems almost no need for any flowers. But soon the top of the bud is forced open by the dark, wine-red thistle flowers spreading outwards like a stain of blood. Flowering
all through July and August, they add a touch of drama to the garden.

15% off wild flower plugs from British Wild Flower Plants

Take advantage of this 15% discount from British Wild Flower Plants on their extensive range of wild flower plug plants. 

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Sticky Wicket meadow c. Jason Ingram

Take advantage of this 15% discount from British Wild Flower Plants on their extensive range of wild flower plug plants. 

Wild flowers and more naturalistic plantings were much in evidence in the show gardens at Chelsea this year showing us how we can all integrate plantings into our gardens – and help preserve native species and support wildlife.

10 Things To Do at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014 runs from 8-13 July and is set to be a seriously worthwhile visit. We've rounded up 10 reasons why you should go, and how you can make the most of the show.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014 runs from 8-13 July and is set to be a seriously worthwhile visit. We've rounded up 10 reasons why you should go, and how you can make the most of the show.

Are you going to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show? Here's 10 reasons to tempt you, or give you a few pointers of what to look out for when you're there.

 

Tickets on sale for new GROW London garden show

GROW London is the new contemporary gardeners' gathering, taking root on Hampstead Heath this summer: 20-22 June.

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GROW London

GROW London is the new contemporary gardeners' gathering, taking root on Hampstead Heath this summer: 20-22 June.

Perfect for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, GROW London will offer the very best in contemporary gardening – bursting with ideas on how to transform your outdoor space, be it a large garden or a compact balcony.

10% reader discount on Plant Belles

Plant Belles now have an online shop making it easy to buy their practical and decorative plant supports. Make the most of our special pre-Chelsea Gardens Illustrated reader offer, giving you a 10% discount on orders over £50.

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Plant Belles - Gertrude support c.James Corbett

Plant Belles now have an online shop making it easy to buy their practical and decorative plant supports. Make the most of our special pre-Chelsea Gardens Illustrated reader offer, giving you a 10% discount on orders over £50.

 

Nurseryman's favourites – May

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

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Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’
For some reason this is called both fair maids of Kent and fair maids of France. Wherever the maids are from, they’re adorable. Exquisite, double, milky-white pompoms, bounce in the wind on tall stems above a mound of green, lobed leaves. They like some shade with good soil where they won’t dry out. Mine has multiplied gratifyingly, creating slow-growing clumps. The fair maids disappear after flowering, leaving room for later herbaceous perennials. AGM.

Nurseryman’s favourites – April

As spring gets into its stride, Derry Watkins of Special Plants selects the charming blue flowers of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' to light the way to sunnier days.

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Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride, Derry Watkins of Special Plants selects the charming blue flowers of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' to light the way to sunnier days.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Pretty, little, forget-me-not flowers in April. Beautiful silver leaves netted with green get bigger and bigger as summer goes on. Given enough food and water the leaves can be magnificent, making good ground cover, and long outlast the flowers. They need a rich, deep, humusy soil and an ample supply of water to look their best – but are worth it. B. macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ is almost the same, but with solid, silver leaves that shimmer in the shade.

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