Plants

Sow your free seeds

How to sow your free packet of Dianthus Carthusianorum, found on the cover of the March issue. 

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Sow your free seeds

How to sow your free packet of Dianthus Carthusianorum, found on the cover of the March issue. 

Sow your free seeds

It's always a treat to find a beautiful packet of seeds attached to an issue of Gardens Illustrated. All seed packets are illustrated by Hannah McVicar and past issues have featured Daucus carota 'Dara' or Wild Carrot, Digitalis lutea and Nigella damascena 'Persian Rose'. 

Pots of style: Hellebores

Gardener Jacky Mills celebrates the start of spring by using seasonal planting in her container displays. 

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Container planting ideas

Gardener Jacky Mills celebrates the start of spring by using seasonal planting in her container displays. 

I was inspired to use grape vines after seeing some beautiful creations in the wine regions of southwest Germany. Rather than wait for our local Herefordshire vineyards to prune their vines, I used prunings from a wall-trained Vitis coignetiae instead. Interwoven with trailing ivy, these helped to soften a rather bulky terracotta pan, creating a nest effect.

Root vegetable purée

Jojo Tulloh cooks up the last of the winter harvest to make a warming root vegetable purée. 

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Root vegetable puree

Jojo Tulloh cooks up the last of the winter harvest to make a warming root vegetable purée. 

It's hard to summon up enthusiasm for root vegetables at the end of winter but if treated properly they can still delight. A purée is one good way to deal with them. You can use this basic recipe to make combinations of the following vegetables: Celeriac, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes and swedes.

 

Any root vegetable purée (serves 4)

 

Buy your copy of The NGS Gardens to Visit 2016 now

The National Gardens Scheme's Gardens to Visit is the must-have annual guide to thousands of gardens open for charity throughout the year in England and Wales. Use our reader discount to save 25% and start planning your outings now.

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NGS Gardens to Visit 2016

The National Gardens Scheme's Gardens to Visit is the must-have annual guide to thousands of gardens open for charity throughout the year in England and Wales. Use our reader discount to save 25% and start planning your outings now.

Each year thousands of private gardens open to the public on behalf of The National Gardens Scheme - raising money for charity. Last year a record £2.6m was donated to the NGS's chosen nursing beneficiaries.

Discount on online garden courses

MyGardenSchool is the world's first online gardening school, offering certified gardening courses for enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike. Gardens Illustrated readers can take advantage of two special offers on forthcoming 2016 courses.

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MyGardenSchool

MyGardenSchool is the world's first online gardening school, offering certified gardening courses for enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike. Gardens Illustrated readers can take advantage of two special offers on forthcoming 2016 courses.

MyGardenSchool is the world’s first online gardening school, offering certified gardening courses for enthusiasts and professional gardeners alike. Students can access world-class tutors and study whenever and wherever they like.

Tasty culinary ideas for herbs

Herbs are an essential ingredient in everyday cooking, adding depth and flavour to any dish. Here, gardener cook Jojo Tulloh shares some of her favourite uses for common herbs. 

 

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The best uses for common herbs

Herbs are an essential ingredient in everyday cooking, adding depth and flavour to any dish. Here, gardener cook Jojo Tulloh shares some of her favourite uses for common herbs. 

 

Top culinary ideas for herbs

 

A herb garden should be more than aromatic window dressing. It should be a key part of your everyday cooking. But how can you know which herbs you will find most useful before you have planted them? Here are some of my favourite uses for common herbs, so print this out, stick it on the fridge and wait for summer.

 

Book of the month: Planting in a Post-Wild World

Book of the month: Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

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Planting in a Post Wild world

Book of the month: Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

Planting in a Post-Wild World:
Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

By Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

Timber Press, £25
ISBN 978-1604695533

'This thought-provoking book from two of the leading voices in ecological landscape design combines passion with practical how-to'

 

 

Download our designer border plan: Ravishing beauty

Award-winning garden designer Jinny Blom creates her planting plan for a blissfully romantic flower border. Download the planting plan here.

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Jinny Blom's romantic border plan

Award-winning garden designer Jinny Blom creates her planting plan for a blissfully romantic flower border. Download the planting plan here.

"I am hopelessly unfashionable," says garden designer Jinny Blom. "So being asked to create an unashamedly romantic border was a delight."

http://content.bbcmagazinesbristol.com/gardensillustrated/pdf/ravishing%20beauty%20pdf%20to%20download.pdf
Download the pdf file.

Ferns

The story of a stumpery garden near Seattle, Washington, a list of the tempting fern varieties plus the best stumpery gardens to visit in the UK and the USA. 

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Ferns

The story of a stumpery garden near Seattle, Washington, a list of the tempting fern varieties plus the best stumpery gardens to visit in the UK and the USA. 

On an island in Puget Sound, in the far northwest corner of the USA, is one of the world’s largest stumperies, created as part of a private garden. UK fern expert Martin Rickard helped owners Pat and Walt Riehl design and plant their 10,000 square foot stumpery on Vashon Island, a short ferry ride west from Seattle.

 

Garden tasks: February

It may be cold outside but there's plenty to be getting on with in the veg patch. Alys Fowler takes you through what to do this month in your kitchen garden.

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Alys Fowler

It may be cold outside but there's plenty to be getting on with in the veg patch. Alys Fowler takes you through what to do this month in your kitchen garden.

For the gardener, February may not be the greatest month, but at least the first primroses arrive to brighten the garden. Those with polythene and cloches can get ahead and warm soil for early March sowings, and some will have plenty of winter greens hanging on. Check under cloches for slugs and open to the air on warmer days to stop moulds and botrytis on young seedlings. Start sowing broad beans and peas in succession, protected sowings of rocket, oriental greens for cut-and-come-again, leeks and lettuce.
 
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