Tools & Equipment

FREE postage pelargonium offer from Sarah Raven

Take advantage of this offer from Sarah Raven on two of her carefully selected pelargonium collections, giving you free postage and packing worth £4.95*.

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Pelargonium offer from Sarah Raven

Take advantage of this offer from Sarah Raven on two of her carefully selected pelargonium collections, giving you free postage and packing worth £4.95*.

“Pelargoniums are durable, beautiful and easy. They make some of the best-ever summer pot and garden plants. Kept frost-free, plants will come back year after year, looking bigger and better each time and you can propagate from them, too,” says Sarah.

Order your collection and get free p&p worth £4.95

The collections on offer include:

12 favourite narcissus

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

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Narcissus at Berchigranges. c. Sabrina Rothe

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

“When I first saw how the wild daffodils," says Thierry Dronet of Le Jardin de Berchigranges, "particularly the species daffodil Narcissus jonquilla, transformed the meadows here in the mountains into a sea of yellow petals, I knew I wanted to have lots and lots of them in our garden,” he says.

Perfect planting ideas for beautiful containers

Get your copy of our special edition Pots of Style with 44 fabulous designs for container combinations ranging from collections of dainty alpines to tubs of meadow-inspired plants. ONLY A FEW PRINT COPIES LEFT

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Pots of Style

Get your copy of our special edition Pots of Style with 44 fabulous designs for container combinations ranging from collections of dainty alpines to tubs of meadow-inspired plants. ONLY A FEW PRINT COPIES LEFT

Pots of Style gives you inspiration for creating beautiful containers from spring through to late summer

• Our second special edition from GARDENS ILLUSTRATED offers 44 fabulous designs for plant combinations for pots, containers and hanging baskets.

Avon Bulbs snowdrop collection offer - exclusive to Gardens Illustrated

Get your snowdrop collection off to a great start with this selection from bulb expert Avon Bulbs. Save £5.50 on four different cultivars - supplied ‘in the green’ in February when the plants have finished flowering and it is a good time for establishing new plantings. 

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Avon Bulbs snowdrop offer

Get your snowdrop collection off to a great start with this selection from bulb expert Avon Bulbs. Save £5.50 on four different cultivars - supplied ‘in the green’ in February when the plants have finished flowering and it is a good time for establishing new plantings. 

Get your snowdrop collection off to a great start with this selection from bulb expert Avon Bulbs. Four different cultivars are supplied ‘in the green’ in February when the plants have finished flowering and it is a good time for establishing new plantings. 

The collection includes:

Sarah Raven diary and calendar for FREE - just pay p&p

Did you miss out on a calendar or diary this Christmas? Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat 2015 diary and slim calendar for FREE - just pay £4.95 p&p.

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Sarah Raven reader offer diary/calendar

Did you miss out on a calendar or diary this Christmas? Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat 2015 diary and slim calendar for FREE - just pay £4.95 p&p.

2015 is well under way now, so make sure you've noted all your important dates for the year ahead and keep up with essential jobs in the garden. To help with this Sarah Raven is offering Gardens Illustrated readers her Grow Cook Eat diary AND a slim wall calendar for free. Pay just £4.95 for p&p.

 

 

 

Why is Rousham England’s most influential garden?

Designed by William Kent in the 18th century, the landscaped gardens at Rousham House in Oxfordshire continue to inspire leading designers today. We asked five designers to tell us why. Pictures by Andrew Lawson

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Rousham c. Andrew Lawson

Designed by William Kent in the 18th century, the landscaped gardens at Rousham House in Oxfordshire continue to inspire leading designers today. We asked five designers to tell us why. Pictures by Andrew Lawson

“Rousham is an intensely psychological landscape and one that provokes as many different emotional responses as there are individual visitors, and this is an important part of its extraordinary appeal; that within the confines of this relatively small plot there is scope for such myriad interpretations.”

How to clean your tools

At the end of a day's gardening there's one final job you need to do - clean your tools. If you've been a bit lax, winter is the perfect time to give your tools some care and attention. Here's what to do

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Clean your garden tools c. David Loftus

At the end of a day's gardening there's one final job you need to do - clean your tools. If you've been a bit lax, winter is the perfect time to give your tools some care and attention. Here's what to do

Our recent feature on vintage tools was the perfect reminder of how important it is to look after your tools to keep them in top working order for years - and even generations.

So, the perfect time to bring to the fore this article we published back in 2009.

 

Collecting classic and vintage tools

Wht could be nicer than using a garden tool that has stood the test of time and is perfectly fit for purpose. Collector Louise Allen of Garden & Wood shares a few of her favourites and gives tips on starting your own collection

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Vintage gardening tools c. Andrew Montgomery

Wht could be nicer than using a garden tool that has stood the test of time and is perfectly fit for purpose. Collector Louise Allen of Garden & Wood shares a few of her favourites and gives tips on starting your own collection

Tools for the flower border

Antique tools often highlight the ingenuity of previous generations. This early 20th-century tool, known as the Little Gripper flower picker (1), both cuts and grips flowers, allowing you to pick flowers in the back of the border with ease.

12 pumpkins and squash to grow

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

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Pumpkins and squash c. Paul Debois

As Halloween approaches you can't help but notice the increasingly popular range of winter squash and pumpkins in shops and harvest display. So how about growing your own, ready for this time next year? Alys Fowler suggests some favourites.

Pumpkins and the increasingly popular winter squash offer a rainbow of colours to the garden and culinary delights to the kitchen. They are easy to grow and can be used as ground cover or as climbers, and range in all manner of size, so there’s one for every garden. Here Alys Fowler lists some favourites:

Growing quince - PLUS recipe for baked quince

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

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Quince c. Jason Ingram

Quinces are perfect garden trees that bear pretty blossom in spring and heavy golden fruits in October. Once you’ve planted one, bring some zing to your autumn table by trying this delicious recipe.

In the October 2011 issue of the magazine, garden writer Lia Leendertz explains why we should grow quince and how. Not only is it an attractive tree with pretty blossom but the golden fruits it bears in October are a culinary delight. Plus there's a recipe here to try.

 

Growing quince

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