Plants

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

 

Special subscription offer at 2012's flower shows

Get a free Sneeboer fork when you subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at the Chelsea Flower Show, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Coombe Trenchard's Arts & Crafts Garden Festival, or the Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair.

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Sneeboer Gardens Illustrated-stamped fork

Get a free Sneeboer fork when you subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at the Chelsea Flower Show, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Coombe Trenchard's Arts & Crafts Garden Festival, or the Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair.

Subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May 2012), Coombe Trenchard Arts & Crafts Garden Festival (1-2 June 2012), BBC Gardeners’ World Live (13-17 June 2012), or Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair (22-24 June 2012) and you can choose a FREE gift as part of your su

DON'T MISS OUT 15% off RHS Chelsea designers' plants

With the winners announced and medals awarded, here's your chance to get hold of some of the must-have plants starring in show gardens at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Online plant retailer Crocus is offering readers a 15% discount.

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Centaurea 'Jordy'

With the winners announced and medals awarded, here's your chance to get hold of some of the must-have plants starring in show gardens at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Online plant retailer Crocus is offering readers a 15% discount.

Top designers Sarah Price and Arne Maynard have created stunning planting schemes for their gold award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, full of beautiful combinations and must-have plants.

Nurseryman's favourites – June

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants chooses Gillenia trifoliata as an elegant addition to the summer border. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

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Gillenia trifoliata c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants chooses Gillenia trifoliata as an elegant addition to the summer border. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

 

Gillenia trifoliata
I love the way this adds movement to a planting scheme when caught by even the gentlest of breezes. Don’t be deceived by its diaphanous appearance; it has an iron constitution once established. It is good in association with shrub roses, where it offers a delightful airy contrast to the more weighty blooms. As plants fade, the foliage takes on warm autumnal tones of gold and burgundy and the structure will contribute to a planting group for weeks.