Tools & Equipment

NEW series: A year at Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

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Allt-y-bela

The first in a new four-part series with garden designer Arne Maynard at his Monmouthshire home, Allt-y-bela. In the series he will explain how the changing seasons shape his gardening year, beginning as winter approaches, with the importance of structure. 

 

How to lay a hedge

The art of hedge laying is a centuries-old skill for creating living, stock-proof fences – and although it requires hard work and patience, practice invariably makes perfect. Here we give you a step-by-step guide on how to lay a hedge, as well as some styles of traditional county hedging styles for inspiration. 

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Hedge laying c. Andrew Montgomery

The art of hedge laying is a centuries-old skill for creating living, stock-proof fences – and although it requires hard work and patience, practice invariably makes perfect. Here we give you a step-by-step guide on how to lay a hedge, as well as some styles of traditional county hedging styles for inspiration. 

Hedge laying is a country skill that has been practised for centuries. Although a well-laid hedge looks beautiful, the original aim was to create a fence to stop sheep, cattle and other stock from straying. Styles vary across the country (see below), but the principles of hedge-laying remain the same. By laying the hedge you not only create a living fence, you also help to encourage new growth, making it an excellent way of regenerating an old, overgrown hedge without replacing it.

9 garden taps

Nine ways to bring water into the garden. 

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9 garden taps

Nine ways to bring water into the garden. 

 

Bringing water into the garden is an essential must-have for any discering gardener. However, sometimes, taps can become a dull addition or an eye-sore. Here we've picked out nine practical garden taps that don't compromise on style. 

 

DECORATIVE

Looking after your tools

We often forget to look after our garden tools. But with a bit of love and care, they can maintain their efficiency and become much longer lasting. Here we give you a few tips on maintaining and sharpening your garden tools. 

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Looking after your tools

We often forget to look after our garden tools. But with a bit of love and care, they can maintain their efficiency and become much longer lasting. Here we give you a few tips on maintaining and sharpening your garden tools. 

We often forget to look after our garden tools. But with a bit of love and care, they can maintain their efficiency and become much longer lasting. Here we give you a few tips on maintaining and sharpening your garden tools. 

Maintenance

Daniel Back is a gardener and designer who knows that a well-tended garden requires well-kept tools. Dan takes a craftsman's approach to gardens and it follows that he keeps his tools in meticulous order. In peak condition they are a pleasure to use; efficient and sharp and long lasting. 

9 garden chairs

We've picked nine garden chairs, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. 

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Garden chairs

We've picked nine garden chairs, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. 

Find a style that will complement your garden design. 

 

MOULDED POLYPROPLENE

Vitra Eames DAR armchair,
£304, John Lewis,
03456 049 049, johnlewis.com

 

 

 

9 Fruit cages

We select 9 different fruit cages that provide a made-to-measure solution to protect your fruit and vegetables. 

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9 fruit cages

We select 9 different fruit cages that provide a made-to-measure solution to protect your fruit and vegetables. 

Attractive designs that will add character to your garden as well as protecting your fruit and vegetables. 

 

 

 

 

SEASONED OAK

Oak fruit cage, from £8,000-£9,000,

Sellick & Saxton,
sellickandsaxton.com

 

 

 

 

Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 5-20 September 2015

Be part of the international cultural gathering, held in the historic Italian city of Bergamo, to celebrate natural landscapes and how we can use garden design, architecture, ecology, art and education to better connect to our environments

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International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden, c.Leonardo Tagliabue

Be part of the international cultural gathering, held in the historic Italian city of Bergamo, to celebrate natural landscapes and how we can use garden design, architecture, ecology, art and education to better connect to our environments

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 of the best climbing plants

Things are looking up - choose fom our selection of best climbing plants and add vertical interest to walls and trellises or scrambling over other plants in borders. Gardener Rory Dusoir gives his recommendations. 

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Best climbers

Things are looking up - choose fom our selection of best climbing plants and add vertical interest to walls and trellises or scrambling over other plants in borders. Gardener Rory Dusoir gives his recommendations. 

Climbing plants all share the successful strategy of relying on the support of other plants or objects to reach the sunlight. This obviates the need to invest much in producing supportive tissue, such as the wood in trees, and means climbers aren’t subject to the usual restraints on growth. By planting them we bring  a mercurial, buccaneering spirit into our gardens. Of course, luxuriant growth brings its own problems – vigour must be matched carefully to the appropriate space and abundance restrained where necessary.   

 

9 Outdoor ovens

Whether you want to cook pizza, bake bread, grill vegetables or barbeque meat, an outdoor oven is a perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer. 

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Outdoor ovens

Whether you want to cook pizza, bake bread, grill vegetables or barbeque meat, an outdoor oven is a perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer. 

A perfect way to enhance your al fresco dining experience this summer

 

 

COMPACT

Earthfire ceramic pizza oven, £249,
Grenadier

grenadier.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

10 essentials for visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

10 must-have items, as recommended by the Gardens Illustrated team, that will ensure your visit to Chelsea Flower Show is a treat from start to finish. 

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Top 10 tips for Chelsea

10 must-have items, as recommended by the Gardens Illustrated team, that will ensure your visit to Chelsea Flower Show is a treat from start to finish. 

Don't let the excitement of a ticket for the Chelsea Flower Show let you forget the essentials - those little, simple, obvious bits and pieces that will help to make your day at Chelsea run as smoothly as possible.

The Gardens Illustrated team got together to create a list of items we think are Chelsea Flower Show visiting essentials, which will mean you can focus on the gardens and plants all day.

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