Plants

Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'

The end of summer may be in sight but there are plenty of plants that continue to give the garden impact late into the season. Nurserywoman Chris Marchant chooses nine of the best, including Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (=‘Blotau’)

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Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' c.Jason Ingram     

The end of summer may be in sight but there are plenty of plants that continue to give the garden impact late into the season. Nurserywoman Chris Marchant chooses nine of the best, including Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (=‘Blotau’)

 

The Pothole Gardener in Bristol

The Pothole Gardener visited Bristol to create a tiny garden especially for Gardens Illustrated magazine. We recorded the guerilla gardening event for everyone to enjoy.

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Garden Illustrated's pothole garden c. Jason Ingram

The Pothole Gardener visited Bristol to create a tiny garden especially for Gardens Illustrated magazine. We recorded the guerilla gardening event for everyone to enjoy.

We've been fans of the Pothole Gardener at Gardens Illustrated for a while now, enjoying the updates emailed through when a new miniature garden has been created - take at look at the

Creative containers for late summer

Designer Sarah Price uses plants of different form and scale to create an eye-catching, late-summer container display 

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Sarah Price's combination for late-summer container c. Andrew Montgomery

Designer Sarah Price uses plants of different form and scale to create an eye-catching, late-summer container display 

Late-summer celebration

Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (=‘Blotau’)

The end of summer may be in sight but there are plenty of plants that continue to give the garden impact late into the season. Nurserywoman Chris Marchant chooses nine of the best, including Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (=‘Blotau’)

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Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (='Blotau') c.Jason Ingram

The end of summer may be in sight but there are plenty of plants that continue to give the garden impact late into the season. Nurserywoman Chris Marchant chooses nine of the best, including Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (=‘Blotau’)

Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (=‘Blotau’)

Reader day at Great Dixter – 'Succession Planting' SOLD OUT

Head gardener Fergus Garrett shares his ideas on how to bring colour, texture and form to your garden through the year. Our 'Succession Planting' reader day takes place at Great Dixter, 12 November 2012. Please note this event is now SOLD OUT

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Great Dixter with the Long Border

Head gardener Fergus Garrett shares his ideas on how to bring colour, texture and form to your garden through the year. Our 'Succession Planting' reader day takes place at Great Dixter, 12 November 2012. Please note this event is now SOLD OUT

 

   

 

Nurseryman's favourites – August

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries highlights Sedum 'José Aubergine' for its intensity of colour in the August garden. PLUS places to visit to enjoy the fruitfulness of summer

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Sedum 'José Aubergine' c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries highlights Sedum 'José Aubergine' for its intensity of colour in the August garden. PLUS places to visit to enjoy the fruitfulness of summer

 

Take cuttings of summer bedding plants

Gardener and writer Lia Leendertz reminds us that now is the time to propagate pelargoniums for successful plants for free next year. PLUS other practical tasks to keep on top of this month

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Take pelargonium cuttings c. Stephen Hamilton

Gardener and writer Lia Leendertz reminds us that now is the time to propagate pelargoniums for successful plants for free next year. PLUS other practical tasks to keep on top of this month

August garden tasks 

This is the moment to survey your scented and bedding pelargoniums and decide which ones you’ve fallen in love with enough to want to preserve in perpetuity. For me, this year it is a cerise-flowered stray, bought from a market stall. It may not have a name but I love it all the same.

Visit the World Horticultural Expo - open until 7 October

The horticultural expo is staged once every ten years and showcases a world of flowers, plants, trees, fruits and vegetables allowing visitors to see, feel and experience nature in an entertaining and informative way.

 

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Floriade World Horticultural Expo

The horticultural expo is staged once every ten years and showcases a world of flowers, plants, trees, fruits and vegetables allowing visitors to see, feel and experience nature in an entertaining and informative way.

 

Perhaps your garden isn’t quite as pristine this year after all this rain.

Art in the Garden

This summer there’s a great selection of garden art and sculpture events and exhibitions taking place in some of the country’s finest garden locations. Here’s a selection to look out for.

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Pierre Diamantopoulo's Arch at The Grove

This summer there’s a great selection of garden art and sculpture events and exhibitions taking place in some of the country’s finest garden locations. Here’s a selection to look out for.

This summer there’s a great selection of garden art and sculpture events taking place in some of the country’s finest garden locations. Here’s a selection of events to look out for.

 

Nurseryman's favourites – July

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries highlights Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ for its gorgeous golden flowers that brighten the garden in July. PLUS places to visit to enjoy summer plantings at their best

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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries highlights Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ for its gorgeous golden flowers that brighten the garden in July. PLUS places to visit to enjoy summer plantings at their best