Tools & Equipment

Special subscription offer at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

14 May 2013 - 1:23pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Subscription gift - Haws copper watering can

If you're going to the Chelsea Flower Show, visit the Gardens Illustrated stand and sign up to our special subscription offer. Save 40% on the shop price* and choose from either Piet Oudolf's latest book or a Haws copper watering can as your free gift.

Subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May). You'll save 40% on the shop price* and you can choose a FREE gift as part of your subscription package. Choose from either:


Nurseryman's favourites – May

25 April 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' c. Sharon Pearson

With summer finally in our sights, head gardener Fergus Garrett suggests the gorgeous poppy Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' for adding depth of colour. Plus other favourite plants choices for May.

Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird'

Pots for pollinators

23 April 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Tuscan holiday inspired planting c. Andrew Montgomery

This year make sure your planting gives something to pollinating insects. Here, gardener Julia Wylie, who specialises in naturalistic planting schemes, designs a Tuscan-inspired flower feast for a container.

Tuscan holiday






















The brightest and best wallflowers

23 March 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Erysimum 'Ruston Royal' c. Sharon Pearson

Busy, long-lasting and often sweetly scented, the erysimum can brighten your garden, bridging the months from spring through to summer. Read about the legend behind their name and expert Val Bourne's pick of the best to grow

The best wallflowers to grow for spring display

9 of the best lawnmowers

2 March 2013 - 8:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Mowing the lawn

Our Design Sourcebook picks out nine of the best lawnmowers to get your grass looking perfect - whatever the size of your lawn

You could consider cutting the lawn a chore but if you have the right kit for the job then there's no reason for it not to be enjoyable. Here's some 2013 mower recommendations that we like the look of .







Reader Holiday: Discover the gardens of Japan 12-23 November 2013

19 February 2013 - 4:43pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Autumn colours in Japan

Discover the tranquil beauty and rich autumn colours of Kyoto and its surrounding garden attractions 

Come with us to Japan next autumn, when colours blaze across the forested hills surrounding the city of Kyoto.

Nurseryman's favourites – March

19 February 2013 - 11:50am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare' c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the March garden. Here we highlight Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'.

Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'
A first-class clump-forming lungwort with glittering long basal leaves 25cm long and covered in a silver wash. The leaf midrib and leaf edges remain a contrasting green. Produces clusters of shallowly lobed funnel-shaped flowers held in purple brown calyxes on elongated stems, which are decorated with small silver spotted stem leaves. The flowers open rosy purple and change colour to violet and violet blue. The whole plant is covered in bristly hairs. Benefits from a haircut after flowering.

Win one of ten tubes of GroChar Soil Improver

18 February 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
GroChar soil improver

Have you heard about GroChar? It’s a form of biochar that helps the environment in two ways – it locks away carbon dioxide normally released by decomposing plant matter, and when added to soils it acts as an effective improver. Here's your chance to win a tube to try it for yourself.



Biochar is a form of charcoal that is made specifically for use as a soil improver. Carbon Gold’s GroChar is a special recipe that helps biochar work quickly and effectively to stabilise nutrients in your soil – and improve plant health. Enter our competition for your chance to try GroChar for yourself.

Never mind the weather

28 January 2013 - 5:55pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Wood-fired ‘Dutchtub’ c. Sean Malyon

It may be a little chilly out there but given a sunny day, there's still reason enough to get outside. Here's a few items to help keep you warm once you are out and about. 

This wood-fired ‘Dutchtub’ by Welvetree can be used anywhere you have access to water. In a range of colours, £4,500. Accompanying ashtray and chimney, priced £135 and £595 respectively, all available from bigfire, tel 01395 275300 

Reader offer: 10% off 'must-have' plants at the Beth Chatto Nursery

22 January 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Must-have plants

The Beth Chatto Nursery is offering a 10% discount on plants, including a selection of those mentioned in Piet Oudolf's  100 must-have plants featured in the February 2013 issue.