Tools & Equipment

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.

9 potting benches

Whether you want to add style or space to the potting shed, our Design Sourcebook picks out nine workstations to help improve your planting process.

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Metal-topped potting bench. Cox & Cox

Whether you want to add style or space to the potting shed, our Design Sourcebook picks out nine workstations to help improve your planting process.

Make better use of small spaces and bring order to sowing, potting on and transplanting with one of these workstations. 

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.”

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