Plants

Exclusive artist's print – just a few remaining

12 April 2013 - 3:39pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Golden Beetroot and Purple Carrot by Natasha Clutterbuck

Don't miss your chance to buy an exclusive GARDENS ILLUSTRATED print of one of Natasha Clutterbuck's charcoal artworks of root veg.

 

 

The brightest and best wallflowers

23 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Erysimum 'Ruston Royal' c. Sharon Pearson

Busy, long-lasting and often sweetly scented, the erysimum can brighten your garden, bridging the months from spring through to summer. Read about the legend behind their name and expert Val Bourne's pick of the best to grow

The best wallflowers to grow for spring display

Nurseryman's favourites – April

23 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva' c.Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the April garden with spring finally holding sway. Here we highlight the showy forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'.

Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'

Buy your copy of The Yellow Book 2013 for less

22 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
The Yellow Book 2013

With the long Easter weekend just ahead of us, make sure you have this year's National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book to hand - there's a selection of early gardens open for visiting, or spend some time planning your visits for the year ahead. We have a special reader discount offer, too.

 

 

Book review – The Speedy Vegetable Garden

5 March 2013 - 3:14pm
Submitted by Mark Blackmore
The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz

Lila Das Gupta reviews The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz and learns that there are plenty of obscure but delicious vegetables she hadn't tried yet.

The Speedy Vegetable Garden
by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz
Timber Press, £14.99

ISBN 978-1604693263

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013

4 March 2013 - 4:15pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Penstemon Sunrise c. Dennis Frates

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013 have just been announced. Take a look at the winning picture, view a slideshow and find out more about the exhibition.

The winners have been announced for 2013's International Garden Photographer of the Year. This is the sixth international competition with this year's top prize going to American photographer Dennis Frates.

Low maintenance gardening

3 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Well thought-out design for a garden c. Annie Guilfoyle

Gardening can be a balancing act between your desired looks and the time you are able to spend on maintenance. So how do you get impressive results without devoting your whole life to your garden? Designer Annie Guilfoyle gives some tips

Let’s start by correcting a common misconception: there is a difference between low maintenance and no maintenance. As part of a design brief, clients will generally ask for a low maintenance garden – never yet have I been asked to design a high maintenance garden! But how low is low? In truth, what they are imagining is probably little or no maintenance at all, but unless you want a garden that is completely devoid of plant life there is always going to be some level of care required.

9 of the best lawnmowers

2 March 2013 - 8:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Mowing the lawn

Our Design Sourcebook picks out nine of the best lawnmowers to get your grass looking perfect - whatever the size of your lawn

You could consider cutting the lawn a chore but if you have the right kit for the job then there's no reason for it not to be enjoyable. Here's some 2013 mower recommendations that we like the look of .

 

MOWING BY HAND

 

 

 

 

Chiswick House Camellia Festival

19 February 2013 - 12:37pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Chiswick House Camellia Festival. Design by Marthe Armitage

Chiswick House springs to life this month in the beautifully restored conservatory with the Camellia Festival. There's 33 historic camellias to enjoy from 16 February to 17 March.

Nurseryman's favourites – March

19 February 2013 - 11:50am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare' c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the March garden. Here we highlight Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'.

Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'
A first-class clump-forming lungwort with glittering long basal leaves 25cm long and covered in a silver wash. The leaf midrib and leaf edges remain a contrasting green. Produces clusters of shallowly lobed funnel-shaped flowers held in purple brown calyxes on elongated stems, which are decorated with small silver spotted stem leaves. The flowers open rosy purple and change colour to violet and violet blue. The whole plant is covered in bristly hairs. Benefits from a haircut after flowering.