Plants

Growing Daphne

20 January 2012 - 1:00am
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Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' c. Jonathan Buckley

Expert plantsman Roy Lancaster gives his tips on how to grow Daphnes to fill your garden with scent right through the winter and beyond

DAPHNES
In the February 2012 issue of Gardens Illustrated (issue 182) Roy Lacaster gives his choice of favourite daphnes to grow. Here we bring you his advise to success in growing these worthwhile shrubs.
 

Win a garden design scholarship with Inchbald

10 January 2012 - 1:00am
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Technical drawing as part of courses at Inchbald

Train to be a garden designer with one of the top design schools on an online course worth more than £5,500

Inchbald School of Design is offering an aspiring garden designer a free place on one of its online courses.

Self sowers

20 December 2011 - 1:00am
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Flower border c. Noel Murphy

Every garden needs a few special plants that seed themselves, springing up to fill gaps and make spontaneous combinations. Here plantswoman Derry Watkins gives us her guide to the best

Every garden needs a few special plants that seed themselves, springing up to fill gaps and make spontaneous combinations. Here’s plantswoman Derry Watkins gives us her guide to the best

Papaver rhoeas Mother of Pearl Group
A strain of the wild corn poppy selected by artist Cedric Morris. Subtle grey, lavender, pink and white, the colour appears to be stippled on with a fine paintbrush. It is vital to grow well away from wild corn poppies, or they will all end up red.
Typical height (H) 30cm.

20 ways to transform your garden

17 December 2011 - 1:00am
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20 ways to transform your garden

Inspiring new year’s resolutions that will help you achieve the full potential of your garden in the season ahead.

We asked designer and gardening presenter James Alexander-Sinclair to give us ideas on giving your garden a New Year brush up. He also got some thoughts from well-known gardening friends

Nurserymen's favourite: December

29 November 2011 - 12:33pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’

Even in December there are still plants that will illuminate your garden. John Hoyland chooses a selection including this delightful witch hazel.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’

This witch hazel makes a magnificent shrub that is more compact and less unruly than some Hamamelis. The narrow, twisting petals form spidery flowers with a strong, sweet scent; they look fragile but are tough enough to withstand the iciest weather. This Hamamelis can also put up with a windy location, but it dislikes shallow, chalky soil, and waterlogged conditions will kill it, so it is always worth digging grit into the soil when you plant it.

 

Celebration food – Cooking for Christmas

29 November 2011 - 11:50am
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Christmas food c. Jason Ingram

Here's a taster of some of the delicious recipes in the December issue for wholesome party delicacies made using fresh produce from the garden, along with foraged fruit and nuts
 

Garden writer Lia Leendertz has put together a selection of wholesome party delicacies made with fresh produce from the garden along with foraged fruit and nuts. You'll find the full selection of her dishes in the December issue (180). Here's just a taster of some of the exciting things she came up with .

 

10% off photographic prints

18 November 2011 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Sea Thrift Flowers c. Colin Roberts

Choose your favourite image from a selection of the best International Garden Photographer of the Year entries – at a 10% discount.

Choose your favourite image from a selection of the best International Garden Photographer of the Year entries.

The best trees for autumn colour

26 October 2011 - 11:06am
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Autumn leaves c. Tim Sandall

Every garden needs some vibrant colour in autumn – but which trees offer the most sensational display? Tony Kirkham of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew lists some of his favourites.

Kew's head of arboretum Tony Kirkham chooses outstanding plants for a colourful autumn display.

Papaver 'Ruffled Patty'

24 October 2011 - 12:41pm
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Papaver orientale 'Ruffled Patty'

Take a look at this newly available perennial poppy. Papaver orientale 'Ruffled Patty' has deeply fringed petals in a pinky-plum colour and grows to 75cm. Also note correction to published telephone number for supplier Hayloft.

Papaver orientale ‘Ruffled Patty’, the free-spirited sister to favourite ‘Patty’s Plum’, has deeply fringed petals in a sumptuous pinky-plum colour. It is best suited to full sun and grows to 75cm.

Nurserymen's favourite: November

24 October 2011 - 12:00am
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Chasmanthium latifolium c. Rachel Warne

Fill your garden with colour and scent as autumn turns to winter. John Hoyland picks the grass Chasmanthium latifolium as just one possible plant highlight.

Chasmanthium latifolium