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25 of the best English gardens to visit

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, why not make the most of what remains of summer and visit a garden. Garden designer and historian Penelope Hobhouse chooses 25 of her favourites, which will be looking at their late summer best.

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Coleton Fishacre c. Carole Drake

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, why not make the most of what remains of summer and visit a garden. Garden designer and historian Penelope Hobhouse chooses 25 of her favourites, which will be looking at their late summer best.

 

26 of the best scented plants

Choose scented plants to give your garden extra appeal. Val Bourne picks 26 favourite plants to give you fragrance right through the seasons.

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Scented flowers

Choose scented plants to give your garden extra appeal. Val Bourne picks 26 favourite plants to give you fragrance right through the seasons.

Here's our guide to choosing scented plants throughout the year. Val Bourne lists a selection of her favourites.

 

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Extra Extra! Another recipe from Great Dixter’s kitchen garden

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

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Great Dixter’s larder c. Andrew Montgomery

Have you tried and enjoyed all the recipes that we featured in the August issue (212) from Great Dixter's vegetable gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen? If you have, you might be interested in this extra recipe for redcurrant jelly that Aaron has picked out as one of his regular favourites from the late Christopher Lloyd's book Gardener Cook.

Great Dixter's kitchen gardener/cook Aaron Bertelsen chooses redcurrant jelly as a favourite recipe from the late Christopher Lloyd's Gardener Cook.

Redcurrant Jelly

12 great plants for encouraging beneficial insects

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

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Pollinator friendly plants c. Elke Borkowski

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

"It all started with a visit to Box Hill one hot June afternoon. After a vigorous climb, I threw myself on the ground, closed my eyes and became aware of much noise and activity around me. I opened my eyes and stared. A few inches from my face were bees, covered with pollen supping nectar, butterflies flitting from one flower to another, ants and beetles lugging food to their nests, and a multitude of other beasties I didn’t recognise.

Recipes from Great Dixter’s vegetable garden

Aaron Bertelsen is the vegetable gardener/cook at Great Dixter in Sussex. Here he gives us some of his - and the late Christopher Lloyd's - favourite recipes that make the most of fresh garden produce.

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Dixter tomato harvest c. Andrew Montgomery

Aaron Bertelsen is the vegetable gardener/cook at Great Dixter in Sussex. Here he gives us some of his - and the late Christopher Lloyd's - favourite recipes that make the most of fresh garden produce.

‘We have always grown a lot of fruit and vegetables in the garden,’ wrote Christopher Lloyd. ‘What could be more natural than to want to use them effectively in the kitchen?’ When Christopher’s parents, Nathaniel and Daisy Lloyd, bought Great Dixter in 1910, growing your own food (or having it grown for you), was the norm for anyone with access to an appropriate plot of land.

Reader Day - The Kitchen Garden: A New Experience EXTRA DATE ADDED

Spend a day with Aaron Bertelsen, Great Dixter’s vegetable gardener, looking at the tradition of the kitchen garden and its 21st-century purpose and appeal. 29 September 2014 sold out. New date added 6 October.

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Great Dixter Kitchen Garden c. Andrew Montgomery

Spend a day with Aaron Bertelsen, Great Dixter’s vegetable gardener, looking at the tradition of the kitchen garden and its 21st-century purpose and appeal. 29 September 2014 sold out. New date added 6 October.

 

Container combination - Butterflies and flashbacks

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

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Butterflies and flashbacks c Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

Butterflies and flashbacks

Nurseryman's favourites – July

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

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Centaurea atropurpurea c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

Centaurea atropurpurea
The fat buds emerging above the intricately cut grey leaves are so beautifully patterned with shiny dark-edged, overlapping scales that there seems almost no need for any flowers. But soon the top of the bud is forced open by the dark, wine-red thistle flowers spreading outwards like a stain of blood. Flowering
all through July and August, they add a touch of drama to the garden.

15% off wild flower plugs from British Wild Flower Plants

Take advantage of this 15% discount from British Wild Flower Plants on their extensive range of wild flower plug plants. 

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Sticky Wicket meadow c. Jason Ingram

Take advantage of this 15% discount from British Wild Flower Plants on their extensive range of wild flower plug plants. 

Wild flowers and more naturalistic plantings were much in evidence in the show gardens at Chelsea this year showing us how we can all integrate plantings into our gardens – and help preserve native species and support wildlife.

Open Garden - Trematon Castle

Discover the new garden at Trematon Castle, Cornwall. Designers Isabel and Julian Bannerman have created a magical flower-filled garden surrounding a perfect miniature Norman castle. Find out when the garden is open to the public this summer.

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Trematon Castle

Discover the new garden at Trematon Castle, Cornwall. Designers Isabel and Julian Bannerman have created a magical flower-filled garden surrounding a perfect miniature Norman castle. Find out when the garden is open to the public this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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