Plants

The best books for plant lovers

We consider the best horticultural books that all discerning gardeners need on their bookshelves. 

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Plant lover’s library

We consider the best horticultural books that all discerning gardeners need on their bookshelves. 

There are plenty of books that specialise in planting, whether their focus is on planting schemes, garden design or the botanical properties of the plants themselves. As there is so much literature to choose from, Gardens Illustrated put together a list of the best books for plant lovers - the titles any discerning gardener should have in their library. 

 

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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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.

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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

 

5 inspiring winter garden walks

Don't let the cold, wet weather put you off from visiting gardens over the winter months. Here are five spectacular gardens to that are worth a visit, whatever the weather. 

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5 inspiring garden walks

Don't let the cold, wet weather put you off from visiting gardens over the winter months. Here are five spectacular gardens to that are worth a visit, whatever the weather. 

During the colder months, it's tempting to stay indoors and keep warm by the fire but winter gardens can be a great source of inspiration so it is well worth taking the time to visit. We've picked five winter garden walks that show off stunning garden structure and offer a great day out, whatever the weather. 

 

Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

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Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

In the run up to Christmas, the garden is often forgotten while the house fills up with festive decorations. In the December issue, Kristy Ramage brings the joy of Christmas lighting to her garden in Monmouthshire and creates six enchanting designs that help to lighten up gloomy winter nights. 

 

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