Plants

10 ways to improve your garden

Winter is the perfect time to think about your garden and how it can look even better next year. Award-winning designer Jinny Blom gives us her 10-point plan of things to consider.

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Sumptuous garden flowers

Winter is the perfect time to think about your garden and how it can look even better next year. Award-winning designer Jinny Blom gives us her 10-point plan of things to consider.

I’ve lived in my current house for the last 26 years. My garden has changed at least four times in that period as time, energy and budget permitted, and currently is undergoing a major overhaul, the biggest yet!

Nurseryman's favourites – December

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries chooses Vinca difformis for its grace and long season of interest – with the occasional flower right through to December. Plus her pick of other top plants for the winter months.

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Vinca difformis c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries chooses Vinca difformis for its grace and long season of interest – with the occasional flower right through to December. Plus her pick of other top plants for the winter months.

 

Ring O' Roses - inspirational weekend garden breaks 2013

Join us on a series of long weekend breaks to visit a hand-picked selection of the finest gardens and nurseries in some of Britain's best-loved rural areas, each centred on a hotel with excellent food and accommodation. 

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Stone House Garden - part of the Cotswolds tour

Join us on a series of long weekend breaks to visit a hand-picked selection of the finest gardens and nurseries in some of Britain's best-loved rural areas, each centred on a hotel with excellent food and accommodation. 

We are delighted to announce the launch of a series of exciting weekend garden breaks that offer the chance of personal introductions and tours by owners and gardeners to inspiring gardens, many privately owned and not easily accessible to individuals.

15% discount on Red Mud Hut pots and containers

If you've been to the Columbia Road Sunday flower market you might already be familiar with Red Mud Hut. If you haven't, here's your change to discover the range of pots and containers they produce for plants and gardens large and small. And they're offering a 15% discount too. 

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Red Mud Hut offer discount on pots and containers

If you've been to the Columbia Road Sunday flower market you might already be familiar with Red Mud Hut. If you haven't, here's your change to discover the range of pots and containers they produce for plants and gardens large and small. And they're offering a 15% discount too. 

 

Nurseryman's favourites – November

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries chooses the swamp cypress Taxodium distichum for its fiery autumnal colours. Plus eight other plants to bring interest to the garden in November.

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Taxodium distichum c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries chooses the swamp cypress Taxodium distichum for its fiery autumnal colours. Plus eight other plants to bring interest to the garden in November.

 

 

Missing clue to October crossword

We're sorry but we've just noticed a mistake in the October issue crossword. We hope this hasn't been too frustrating for you.

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Crossword

We're sorry but we've just noticed a mistake in the October issue crossword. We hope this hasn't been too frustrating for you.

Unfortunately we missed off the clue to 17 ACROSS for the October issue (190) crossword. Apologies to anyone who has been trying to complete it. Here is the clue:

17 Across: Open to the elements, seed pox developed (7)

Japanese anemone offer

Take advantage of our reader offer. Plant these recommended Japanese anemones now and you'll enjoy fine, late summer displays for years to come.

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Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

Take advantage of our reader offer. Plant these recommended Japanese anemones now and you'll enjoy fine, late summer displays for years to come.

Japanese anemones start blooming in late summer and carry on well into the autumn, providing a show of interest late in the season. This offer chooses three of our favourites (featured in our Plant Profile of the October magazine, issue 190). 

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