Design

Sunken gardens

A sunken garden can provide privacy and a new perspective for planting. Here designer James Alexander-Sinclair lists five key design elements to consider when planning to build your own sunken garden. 

Making natural willow structures

It's time to start thinking about support and protection for new season's growth - here we give you ideas for garden structures made using natural materials, which you can make yourself. 

Weather-watching in the garden

Nine of the best barometers, thermometers and weathervanes to help you keep an eye on the weather. 

How to make natural structures

Hand-crafted garden structures, made from locally sourced materials are back in favour. Here we show you how to make a bean support using coppiced bean poles and withy ties. 

Nine of the best hose reels

Gardens Illustrated pick nine designs to help you tidy away your garden hose.

How to prepare the garden ready for winter

The owners of Hindringham Hall in Norfolk, a historic, moated house, give advice and helpful tips to help you manage the stream, pond or boggy area in your garden. 

Garden design trends 2017

We ask the experts for their gardening insights for 2017. 

Gardens Illustrated 2017 Nigel Dunnett

Nigel Dunnett is a garden designer who regularly designs show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and was part of the team who designed the planting for London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here he talks to Gardens Illustrated about his love of gardening ahead of his talk, 'Layers of colour: creating beautiful long-season planting' at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017. 

Textile sculptures Cabbages and Nettles

From her studio, Rachel Nettles creates textile sculptures that look and feel as though they've come straight from the allotment. 

Gardens Illustrated Festival Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton is an author, gardener and keen forager. He will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival in March 2017 and here you can find out more about his upcoming talk, 'A Wild Life in Gin'. 

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