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WIN two sets of illustrated Herbarium cards

Enter our competition to win a set of Thames & Hudson illustrated Herbarium: Notecards and Herbarium: One Hundred Herbs to Grow, Cook & Heal

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WIN a set of Herbarium notecards

Enter our competition to win a set of Thames & Hudson illustrated Herbarium: Notecards and Herbarium: One Hundred Herbs to Grow, Cook & Heal

Enter our competition for your chance to win a set of Thames & Hudson Herbarium: Notecards and Herbarium: One Hundred Herbs to Grow, Cook & Heal, both illustrated by award-winning designer Caz Hildebrand.

Our competition

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How to identify trees: native deciduous trees

In the first of a new four-part series on identifying trees, Lia Leendertz outlines the key features of common, native deciduous trees so you can learn how to recognise them, even out of season. Here she takes a closer look at oak, ash and beech. 

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How to identify trees

In the first of a new four-part series on identifying trees, Lia Leendertz outlines the key features of common, native deciduous trees so you can learn how to recognise them, even out of season. Here she takes a closer look at oak, ash and beech. 

Knowing the difference between oak and ash, beech and hornbeam, feels like the sort of basic knowledge we should all have under our belts, like the ability to tie a slip knot and the setting point for jam.

Here we will show you the key features of native deciduous trees that you are likely to encounter on your own winter woodland walk to help you learn how to spot them. 

 

Spiced parsnip and apple muffins

The perfect cold-weather treat that is both seasonal and delicious. 

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Apple and parsnip muffins

The perfect cold-weather treat that is both seasonal and delicious. 

Spiced parsnip and apple muffins

Serves 12

Favourite seedheads for winter structure

Seedheads glistening with frost play an important part in bringing structural winter interest to the garden. Here's five plants that can be happily left to provide a eyecatching display

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Favourite seed heads - Foeniculum vulgare c. Lynn Keddie

Seedheads glistening with frost play an important part in bringing structural winter interest to the garden. Here's five plants that can be happily left to provide a eyecatching display

Five favourite seedheads

Plant structure in the winter garden can be as striking as anything formal or built – walls, hedges or gates – with as much interest to be found in the seedheads of smaller herbaceous plants as there is in the soaring branches of bare trees or the skeletons of leafless shrubs. Rimed with frost and faded to dusty shades of brown and grey, and almost unrecognisable from their heyday in summer, they bring a different sort of architectural drama in winter. 

 

Make your own origami seed packet

Organise your seeds ready for sowing and make your own origami seed packets – simply follow our fold-by-fold guide. 

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Make your own origami seed packet

Organise your seeds ready for sowing and make your own origami seed packets – simply follow our fold-by-fold guide. 

If you have favourite plants you like to grow every year it makes sense to harvest your own seeds to sow. These pretty envelopes are fun to make and make thrifty use of old issues of Gardens Illustrated. Simply follow our fold-by-fold guide below to create your own origami seed packets. 

 

Book of the month - The Almanac by Lia Leendertz

The Almanac by Lia Leendertz is a seasonal guide to 2018 and it's our book of the month for November. Here you can read our review of the book.

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The Almanac by Lia Leendertz

The Almanac by Lia Leendertz is a seasonal guide to 2018 and it's our book of the month for November. Here you can read our review of the book.

The Almanac: A seasonal guide to 2018

by Lia Leendertz
Unbound, £9.99

ISBN 978-1783524044

Keep this guide close at hand and you will start to appreciate the little joys each month of the year can bring.

Reviewer Alys Hurn is staff writer for Gardens Illustrated.

 

 

Key plants for an ornamental meadow

In the November issue we visit Susy and Coleman Townsend in Delaware, USA and here you'll find 12 key plants used to create their series of magical meadows.

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Key plants for an ornamental meadow

In the November issue we visit Susy and Coleman Townsend in Delaware, USA and here you'll find 12 key plants used to create their series of magical meadows.

When Susy and Coleman Townsend decided their 18th-century former farmhouse in Delaware, USA, deserved more than a neat lawn, they engaged plantsman and designer David Culp to create a series of magical meadows. Here they list 12 of their key plants.

 

Try this tulip combination

As Parham House in West Sussex prepares to plants out bulbs for next spring, head gardener Tom Brown considers one of his favourite tulip combinations. 

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Try this tulip combination

As Parham House in West Sussex prepares to plants out bulbs for next spring, head gardener Tom Brown considers one of his favourite tulip combinations. 

Try this tulip combination from Parham House

There are some 10,000 tulip bulbs to be planted at Parham House in West Sussex this autumn in readiness for a spectacular display next spring. A display that not only has to look good in the garden, but also provide ample cuttings for the fine, Elizabethan house. “There’s a 100-year-old tradition of cut flowers here at Parham,” says head gardener Tom Brown, “with flowers chosen specifically to complement the decor in each room of the house.”

How to make a floral Advent calendar

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

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How to make an Advent calendar

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

Sonya Patel Ellis promotes the beauty of dried flowers by creating herbaria with a traditional wooden herbarium press she made herself. She has produced a collection of more than 100 pressed and mounted plant and flower specimens, collected over the course of a year from her garden in east London.

How to create stylish, indoor container displays

In the last of his series on creating containers with impact, gardener Thomas Unterdorfer keeps the colder weather at bay with hothouse and conservatory favourites. Here he uses Geoppertia crocata 'Tassmania' to echo the fire and light that is synonymous with the time of year. 

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How to create indoor container displays

In the last of his series on creating containers with impact, gardener Thomas Unterdorfer keeps the colder weather at bay with hothouse and conservatory favourites. Here he uses Geoppertia crocata 'Tassmania' to echo the fire and light that is synonymous with the time of year. 

November is the time to indulge in some luscious planting, with the memory of warm autumn colours still fresh in the mind. The inspiration for this scheme came from the flowers of Goeppertia crocata ‘Tassmania’, which reminds me of burning torches.

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