Plants

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.

Things to do in London during Chelsea week

The gardening extravaganza that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in a matter of days. Make the most of your time in London and consider some other horticulturally themed activities. Here's a selection of things we've noticed taking place at the same time that might be worth a visit.

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The Pothole Gardener is taking part in the Chelsea Fringe c. Kate McAuley

The gardening extravaganza that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in a matter of days. Make the most of your time in London and consider some other horticulturally themed activities. Here's a selection of things we've noticed taking place at the same time that might be worth a visit.

If you’re spending time in London during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show (whether you're attending the show or not), here are some garden-related treats to enjoy.

Nurseryman's favourites – May

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants can't resist Papaver orientale Goliath Group 'Beauty of Livermere' for the stunning red impact it brings to the garden in May. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

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Papaver orientale Goliath Group 'Beauty of Livermere' c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants can't resist Papaver orientale Goliath Group 'Beauty of Livermere' for the stunning red impact it brings to the garden in May. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

 

Growing geums

National Collection holder Sue Martin gives her tips on how to grow geums. The image here is of Geum 'Lady Stratheden' a favourite of Sue's and an excellent long flowerer.

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Geum 'Lady Stratheden' c.Leigh Clapp

National Collection holder Sue Martin gives her tips on how to grow geums. The image here is of Geum 'Lady Stratheden' a favourite of Sue's and an excellent long flowerer.

In the April issue of the magazine (issue 184) we feature the garden of plant enthusiast and Geum National Collection holder, Sue Martin. Here are some of her tips to consider when growing these lovely bright garden jewels.

GROWING GEUMS:
• The key to growing geums is moisture retentive soil but the pH of soil is not an issue. Sue Martin’s heavy clay soil has been enriched by years of manuring by the previous owner. Sue adds both grit and compost to the soil when planting a new area of Geum and continues to mulch annually with garden compost.

International Garden Photographer of the Year

Take a look at some of the winning images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 

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Upside Down c.Magdalena Wasiczek

Take a look at some of the winning images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 

Here's a selection of images from this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year. You can find out more about each of these images shown at International Garden Photographer of the Year.

Vote for your environmental hero

The shortlist for the Octavia Hill Awards have been made. Now the National Trust are asking the public to cast their vote and decide who the real green heroes in our communities are.

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Octavia Hill - green pioneer c.NTPL

The shortlist for the Octavia Hill Awards have been made. Now the National Trust are asking the public to cast their vote and decide who the real green heroes in our communities are.

Organised by the National Trust, in partnership with BBC Countryfile Magazine, the awards mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and environmental campaigner who helped found the National Trust, who died in August 1912.

Gardens of Scotland - 31 August to 6 September

Join our trip and visit some of Scotland's finest gardens, plus an invitation to stay at the private homes of some of the garden owners

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LIttle Sparta c. Noel Kingsbury

Join our trip and visit some of Scotland's finest gardens, plus an invitation to stay at the private homes of some of the garden owners

Join this one-off trip and not only will you discover some of Scotland’s great historic and contemporary gardens, you are also invited to stay at the private homes of some of the garden owners, giving you a unique view of these properties not normally experienced by visitors.

Nurseryman's favourites - March

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants picks Fritillaria michailovskyi as one of her March plant highlights PLUS places to visit to see plants at their early spring-time best

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Fritillaria michailovskyi c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants picks Fritillaria michailovskyi as one of her March plant highlights PLUS places to visit to see plants at their early spring-time best