Plants

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).

10 recommended reads for summer 2015

Summer is the perfect time to simply sit and enjoy a good a book. We've reviewed some great gardening titles over the last few months, here are just a few of our favourites. 

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Recommended reads

Summer is the perfect time to simply sit and enjoy a good a book. We've reviewed some great gardening titles over the last few months, here are just a few of our favourites. 

RHS GROW FOR FLAVOUR

By James Wong

'The world of an ethnobotanist; where scientific research lies at the heart of innovative garden advice.'

Review by Jodie Jones, Mitchell Beazley, RRP £20, offer price £17*, ISBN 978-1845339364

 

 

 

 

Hebes

Hebes - Although increasingly popular, hebes have never really been in vogue, but their flexibilty and contemporary good looks suggest that could be about to change. Here we've picked out some of Noel Kingsbury's recommendations. 

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Hebes

Hebes - Although increasingly popular, hebes have never really been in vogue, but their flexibilty and contemporary good looks suggest that could be about to change. Here we've picked out some of Noel Kingsbury's recommendations. 

 

 

Noel says, 'the best way to use hebes is to mix them with similar sized plants so when you do need ti replace on, the gap won't be too large. The good news is they work with many different styles of planting.'

Provençal courgette tian

In our August issue, Jojo Tulloh defies the summer heat with recipes that make the most of the plentiful produce with quick, simple dishes. Here she shares her courgette tian. 

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Courgette tian

In our August issue, Jojo Tulloh defies the summer heat with recipes that make the most of the plentiful produce with quick, simple dishes. Here she shares her courgette tian. 

Courgette tian

By Jojo Tulloh

A tian is a Provençal dish made of egg and vegetables that is ideal for summer picnics. It takes its name from the shallow terracotta dish it is traditionally cooked in. I use a cast iron skillet instead. The basic mix of vegetables is greens, herbs and potato; use what is cropping. You can add flavour with olives, capers, anchovies, a thickish tomato sauce and switch courgettes for spinach or chard, for instance. My recipe is inspired by Elizabeth David’s. 

Small gardens

Take inspiration from these five compact gardens that make the most of their limited garden space. 

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Small gardens 2015

Take inspiration from these five compact gardens that make the most of their limited garden space. 

You don't need to scale down your design ideas because the space you have to work with is small. In our August issue, we take a look at five small gardens that have been transformed by innovative ideas that make the most of the outdoor space, whether that's working with original features, playing up to the existing landscape, or using clever planting. Think outside the box, and let the following gardens inspire you to make the right choice for your garden. 

Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys

In a new four part series, TV Gardener Carol Klein looks at the botanical history of four of Britain's favourite garden plants. First on the list is the rose. 

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Carol Klein

In a new four part series, TV Gardener Carol Klein looks at the botanical history of four of Britain's favourite garden plants. First on the list is the rose. 

In a new four part series for BBC Two, TV Gardener Carol Klein explores the botanical history of four favourite garden plants: the rose, the tulip, the iris and the water lily.

Throughout the series, she will trace each plant's epic journey through time, revealing how evoloution and mankind have conspired to create unique characteristics. 

Jojo Tulloh makes redcurrant jelly

For our July issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED, Jojo Tulloh follows a traditional recipe by cookery writer Eliza Acton (1799- 1859) from her book, Modern Cookery for Private Families and makes redcurrant jelly.    

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Redcurrant jelly

For our July issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED, Jojo Tulloh follows a traditional recipe by cookery writer Eliza Acton (1799- 1859) from her book, Modern Cookery for Private Families and makes redcurrant jelly.    

 Redcurrant jelly

 

The currant is a real asset in any kitchen garden. They are heavy croppers, require low maintenance and the berries can be expensive to buy in any quantity. Most importantly, the flavour of jellies, tarts, jams, cordials and puddings made with currants is superb. 

9 Fruit cages

We select 9 different fruit cages that provide a made-to-measure solution to protect your fruit and vegetables. 

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9 fruit cages

We select 9 different fruit cages that provide a made-to-measure solution to protect your fruit and vegetables. 

Attractive designs that will add character to your garden as well as protecting your fruit and vegetables. 

 

 

 

 

SEASONED OAK

Oak fruit cage, from £8,000-£9,000,

Sellick & Saxton,
sellickandsaxton.com

 

 

 

 

Easy ways to welcome wildlife into the garden

Our own gardens offer an invaluable opportunity to encourage and nuture wildlife. Here are 6 tips on how to share your garden with wildlife visitors in search of food and shelter.

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Chalupka gardens

Our own gardens offer an invaluable opportunity to encourage and nuture wildlife. Here are 6 tips on how to share your garden with wildlife visitors in search of food and shelter.

Attracting wildlife

 

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