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Hortus Loci reader day

Join us for a behind-the-scenes preview of the plants destined for Chelsea’s top show gardens, with a private tour of growers Hortus Loci and a talk from award-winning designer Matt Keightley - Friday 20th April 2018   SOLD OUT

Ideas for decorating the dinner table for Christmas

Brighten up your Christmas table with these festive arrangements using evergreens and winter-flowering shrubs. 

Clematis Montana

Although renowned for their vigour, Clematis montana can be compact plants suitable for growing in smaller gardens - or even large pots. Here is a gallery of some recommended cultivars from the National Collection, held by Val Le Neville-Parry. Photographs by Dianna Jazwinski.


In the second of our four-part series on identifying trees Lia Leendertz explains how to identify conifers. Here she takes a closer look at the Scots pine, yew and larch. 

An aerial view of Lowther Castle

Enjoy a unique aerial view of the castle and garden at Lowther Castle in Cumbria. 

The best gardening books 2017

Gardens Illustrated pick 14 favourite gardening reads from 2017

Hardiness ratings

You may have seen plant descriptions followed by a coding of numbers and letters. Here's an explanation of the plant hardiness systems used here and in the USA.

Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

Take a look inside The Plant Issue 2017

Take a look inside The Plant Issue 2017 – our end-of-year special edition includes the new planting at Lowther Castle, details of 26 top nurseries where designers source their plants and our favourite gardening books of the year. 

Banks' Florilegium

Receive a 10% discount on Banks' Florilegium - a treasure trove of botanical discovery.

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