Plants

Designers' favourite spring-flowering bulbs

Five highly regarded designers share their choice of the spring-flowering bulbs they love best to help inspire your spring displays. 

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Designer's favourite spring-flowering bulbs

Five highly regarded designers share their choice of the spring-flowering bulbs they love best to help inspire your spring displays. 

Dan Pearson

Dan is a Wisley and Kew-trained garden designer and plantsman. At RHS Chelsea this year his show garden was awarded ‘Best in Show.

 

 

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Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated [issue 226], Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

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Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated [issue 226], Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

Order your bulbs NOW. Inspired by spring-flowering favourites chosen by designers, including Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and featured in the October issue of Gardens Illustrated, Avon Bulbs have put together a selection of bulbs offered to readers at a 20% discount.

Hard working plants

We all want our gardens to provide interest for as long as possible, but some plants are more obliging than others. Nurserywoman Derry Watkins selects the plants that are willing to go that extra mile. 

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Hard working plants

We all want our gardens to provide interest for as long as possible, but some plants are more obliging than others. Nurserywoman Derry Watkins selects the plants that are willing to go that extra mile. 

 

Derry says, 'We think we work hard in our gardens, but the plants do most of the work. And we are all looking for the hardest working plants of all: those that provide the most pleasure for the least amount of input. These are the plants that form the backbone of our gardens'. 

Design ideas: Outdoor play areas

Do you always need to sacrifice style to create space for children to play? Not if you use the right plants and a little child-like imagination. Designer Sarah Price gives ideas that celebrate play in the garden.

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Outdoor play areas

Do you always need to sacrifice style to create space for children to play? Not if you use the right plants and a little child-like imagination. Designer Sarah Price gives ideas that celebrate play in the garden.

 

8 imaginative outdoor play areas for children

 

 

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. 

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