Plants

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

 

Book of the month: The book of pears

Garden writer and allotmenteer, Lia Leendertz delves into The Book of Pears: The definitive history and guide to over 500 varieties by Joan Morgan. 

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Book of the month

Garden writer and allotmenteer, Lia Leendertz delves into The Book of Pears: The definitive history and guide to over 500 varieties by Joan Morgan. 

 

The book of pears: The definitive history and guide to over 500 varieties
By Joan Morgan, illustrations by Elisabeth Dowle

Ebury Press, £45
ISBN 978-1785031472

'Everything you could ever want to know about the pear in one beautifully constructed and satisfyingly detailed volume'.

 

 

 

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. 

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.'

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. 

 

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.

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