Plants

Buy a collection of 3 maiden fruit trees from Branch Nurseries

Branch Nurseries is offering readers a bespoke collection of three fruit trees – an eating apple, a cooking apple, and an eating pear. Each tree will be a maiden tree (one year old) making it perfect for training into the shape you choose.

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Palmette verrier fruit tree c. Andrew Montgomery

Branch Nurseries is offering readers a bespoke collection of three fruit trees – an eating apple, a cooking apple, and an eating pear. Each tree will be a maiden tree (one year old) making it perfect for training into the shape you choose.

 

Fruit tree experts Branch Nurseries is offering readers a bespoke collection of three fruit trees – an eating apple, a cooking apple, and an eating pear. Each tree will be a maiden tree (one year old) making it perfect for training into the shape you choose. (Please note: It takes a minimum of three years to train a maiden (one-year-old) tree into the shape of a palmette verrier [pictured here]). 

Nurseryman’s favourites – November

Make the most of autumn’s richly coloured foliage and the abundance of bright, ripe berries before winter frosts really begin to bite. Fergus Garrett selects Crataegus orientalis for its rich orange edible haws. 

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Crataegus orientalis c. Fergus Garrett

Make the most of autumn’s richly coloured foliage and the abundance of bright, ripe berries before winter frosts really begin to bite. Fergus Garrett selects Crataegus orientalis for its rich orange edible haws. 

 

3 for 2 and FREE p&p on Carbon Gold’s biochar Soil Improver

Make the most of this offer from Carbon Gold on their biochar Soil Improver and get your trees, shrubs and fruit trees off to a great start this autumn.

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Carbon Gold Soil Improver

Make the most of this offer from Carbon Gold on their biochar Soil Improver and get your trees, shrubs and fruit trees off to a great start this autumn.

 

Get your trees, shrubs and fruit trees off to a good start this autumn by adding biochar to the planting hole. Tests with Bartlett Tree Experts using Carbon Gold's biochar products have shown trees to establish successfully and maintain good health, with improved root growth and more efficient take up of soil nutrients.

Nurseryman's favourites – October

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.

 

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Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' c. Sharon Pearson

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.

 

 

Nurseryman's favourites – September

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter suggests extending the summer season with Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' - a showy star that brings colour, stature and structure to your garden

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Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter suggests extending the summer season with Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' - a showy star that brings colour, stature and structure to your garden

Viburnum opulus ‘Compactum’

Book review – The Wildlife Gardener

Rory Dusoir reviews The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury to learn more about how to garden both with wildlife in mind.

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The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury

Rory Dusoir reviews The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury to learn more about how to garden both with wildlife in mind.

The Wildlife Gardener
by Kate Bradbury
Kyle Books, £16.99

ISBN 978-0857831576

 

Discount from The Balcony Gardener

If you garden in a small space, you’ll be interested to know that online retailer The Balcony Gardener offers a range of containers, furniture, tools, seeds and other products and accessories perfect for a garden with limited space. PLUS this month GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers get a 10% discount.

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The Balcony Gardener

If you garden in a small space, you’ll be interested to know that online retailer The Balcony Gardener offers a range of containers, furniture, tools, seeds and other products and accessories perfect for a garden with limited space. PLUS this month GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers get a 10% discount.

 

 

 

 

Spot the Gnome competition

Here's an update on our 'Spot the Gnome' competition that appeared in our special Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the June digital edition.

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GI gnome

Here's an update on our 'Spot the Gnome' competition that appeared in our special Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the June digital edition.

 

Our Spot the Gnome competition (found on our June digital edition) is now closed. Thank you to those who entered. Unfortunately no one got the answer correct (admittedly it was quite tricky to spot all of the gnome's appearances!). So, we're going to keep back the prize of a Haws copper watering can and copy of Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury's Planting: A New Perspective for a future competition.

Butterflies in the garden

Do your bit to help our pollinators. We've got details of this summer's Big Butterfly Count PLUS a list of 10 garden plants chosen by butterfly experts Sally and Matthew Oates that will encourage and sustain pollinators.

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Comma c.Matt Berry for Butterfly Conservation

Do your bit to help our pollinators. We've got details of this summer's Big Butterfly Count PLUS a list of 10 garden plants chosen by butterfly experts Sally and Matthew Oates that will encourage and sustain pollinators.

Nurseryman's favourites – July

Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett selects the rich red Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' to fire up summer planting  plus 8 other summer recommendations of plants to grow and places to go.

 

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Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' c. Sharon Pearson

Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett selects the rich red Tagetes patula 'Dixter Strain' to fire up summer planting  plus 8 other summer recommendations of plants to grow and places to go.

 

Tagetes patula ‘Dixter Strain’