Plants

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.

(in alphabetical order)

 

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.

No mail order

Poinsettia Day

Have you bought your Christmas poinsettia yet? Poinsettias are as much a Christmas classic as a Christmas tree, and are known as ‘Christmas Stars’ in much of the world. To celebrate International Poinsettia Day on 12 December florists Okishima & Simmonds created a dramatic statement

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International Poinsettia Day

Have you bought your Christmas poinsettia yet? Poinsettias are as much a Christmas classic as a Christmas tree, and are known as ‘Christmas Stars’ in much of the world. To celebrate International Poinsettia Day on 12 December florists Okishima & Simmonds created a dramatic statement

Poinsettias are as much a Christmas classic as the Christmas tree, and are known as ‘Christmas Stars’ in much of the world - and 12 December is International Poinsettia Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 hardy annuals

15 hardy annuals chosen from gardener Philippa Hodkinson's garden on the edge of a windy moor in Northumberland. 

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Hardy annuals

15 hardy annuals 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. 

Maker profile: Laura Youngson Coll

The art of creating intricate leather sculptures

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Leather sculptures

The art of creating intricate leather sculptures

Leather sculptures

 

Golden beetroot soup

Nutritious and full of flavour; nothing beats a bowl of golden beetroot soup on a cold winter's day. 

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Beetroot soup

Nutritious and full of flavour; nothing beats a bowl of golden beetroot soup on a cold winter's day. 

Golden beetroot soup

 

Serves 4

 

Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

Gardeners spend their time digging, weeding, planting and picking. Often the hardest work is done when the weather is cold and even if your hands are covered in a pair of gloves, the bitter weather sneaks through and plays havoc with your hands and can leave skin looking worn, chapped and dry. Although skin can cope with a little toughening up every now and again, in the long term, you need to protect your cells from premature ageing.

All natural and environmentally conscious, here are 10 of our favourite hand creams that we think are especially beneficial for gardeners. 

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