Plants

9 plants for autumn interest

Nine autumn plants from a traditional-style Dutch farmhouse garden. 

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9 plants for autumn interest

Nine autumn plants from a traditional-style Dutch farmhouse garden. 

Having collected rare plants for years, Ineke Lambregts has finally succeeded in creating the garden of her dreams; one that captures the atmosphere of the farmhouse gardens of her youth. De Jorissenhoeve, a listed 1930s farmhouse in the village of Schijf, close to the Belgian border, proved to be a mighty challenge for Ineke but with an intensive programme of soil improvement and the planting of 27 lorry loads of her most precious plants, the garden is a tranquil, beautiful place that, just as Ineke wanted, looks as if it has been here for years.

LAST FEW SPACES REMAINING: 12 October 2015 Garden photography workshop at Great Dixter

Reader event: Spend a day at Great Dixter with photographer Jason Ingram improving your garden photography. Monday 12 October 2015.

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Reader event: Photography workshop

Reader event: Spend a day at Great Dixter with photographer Jason Ingram improving your garden photography. Monday 12 October 2015.

 

Garden photography workshop at Great Dixter
with guided garden tour and practical session

 

NEW series: A year at Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

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Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

 

Crab apples

Kew-trained garden writer, blogger and photographer Graham Rice shares his recommendations for picking the perfect crab apple tree from blossom to foliage; fruit and flavour. 

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Crab apples

Kew-trained garden writer, blogger and photographer Graham Rice shares his recommendations for picking the perfect crab apple tree from blossom to foliage; fruit and flavour. 

 

Designers' favourite spring-flowering bulbs

Five highly regarded designers share their choice of the spring-flowering bulbs they love best to help inspire your spring displays. 

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Designer's favourite spring-flowering bulbs

Five highly regarded designers share their choice of the spring-flowering bulbs they love best to help inspire your spring displays. 

Dan Pearson

Dan is a Wisley and Kew-trained garden designer and plantsman. At RHS Chelsea this year his show garden was awarded ‘Best in Show.

 

 

Save 20% on spring-flowering bulbs from Avon Bulbs

Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated [issue 226], Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

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Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated [issue 226], Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated, Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

Hard working plants

We all want our gardens to provide interest for as long as possible, but some plants are more obliging than others. Nurserywoman Derry Watkins selects the plants that are willing to go that extra mile. 

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Hard working plants

We all want our gardens to provide interest for as long as possible, but some plants are more obliging than others. Nurserywoman Derry Watkins selects the plants that are willing to go that extra mile. 

 

Derry says, 'We think we work hard in our gardens, but the plants do most of the work. And we are all looking for the hardest working plants of all: those that provide the most pleasure for the least amount of input. These are the plants that form the backbone of our gardens'. 

Design ideas: Outdoor play areas

Do you always need to sacrifice style to create space for children to play? Not if you use the right plants and a little child-like imagination. Designer Sarah Price gives ideas that celebrate play in the garden.

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Outdoor play areas

Do you always need to sacrifice style to create space for children to play? Not if you use the right plants and a little child-like imagination. Designer Sarah Price gives ideas that celebrate play in the garden.

 

8 imaginative outdoor play areas for children

 

 

5 plant combinations from Hermannshof

Five plant combinations from Hermannshof, a German public park that has bloomed from a trial garden to the forefront of planting design. 

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Hermannshof planting combinations

Five plant combinations from Hermannshof, a German public park that has bloomed from a trial garden to the forefront of planting design. 

It's easy to think of Hermannshof as merely a nice public park, with lawns, borders and big trees. But those borders are heaven for plant lovers, notable not only for the many wonderful and unfamiliar plants they hold, but for the way those plants are arranged in striking combinations at all times of the year. Even non gardeners might soon notice there's an awful lot going on in those borders.

Three classic plum and almond tarts

The last few weeks of summer bring with it an abundance of fruit. This month, Jojo Tulloh looks at how you can use your new harvest of plums to create three slightly different, but all delicious, tarts. 

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Plum and almond tart

The last few weeks of summer bring with it an abundance of fruit. This month, Jojo Tulloh looks at how you can use your new harvest of plums to create three slightly different, but all delicious, tarts. 

Three classic plum and almond tarts

 

'I should sugar and preserve like fruit', wrote Sylvia Plath in her poem Last Words. It's a good motto for this time of year when both hedgerow and garden plot are equally full to bursting with fruits that need to be transformed into something longer lasting. Try these three classic plum and almond tart recipes if you have lots of plums or pluots (juicy apricot/plum hybrid).

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