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Lianne Pot's prairie-style garden, the Netherlands c. Robert Mabic

Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers what it takes to grow a North American-style meadow garden in Europe. 

Sarah Raven tulip collections
Plants

Sarah Raven has put together her best, top-size, absolute favourite tulips in three beautiful collections. and you can order your bulbs now at a Gardens Illustrated reader discount of £5.

September issue of Gardens Illustrated
Gardens

In the September issue of Gardens Illustrated; glowing cosmos for late summer splendour, a dynamic planting mix in a Scottish garden, advice for adding a pond or pool to your garden and the couple bringing back the tradition of liquorice growing to the UK. 

How to sharpen garden tools

Keep your secateurs in good condition and there's no reason why they shouldn't last you a lifetime, says Jake Hobson from Japanese tool supplier Niwaki. Get his advice on sharpening garden tools, including a step-by-step video on sharpening secateurs. 

Agapanthus
Plants

Known as African lily or lily of the Nile, architectural agapanthus work well in schemes large and small. In the August issue, horticulturist Andy McIndoe gives his advice on some of the best ones to grow. Here, you can view a gallery of his selection. Photos by Dianna Jazwinski.

Tomato Rasam

If you have a glut of fresh chillies to harvest, food writer and allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh suggests making this spicy Indian soup. 

Orticolario c. Luciano Movio
Gardens

Enter our competition for your chance to win a trip to the Italian Lakes and the inspirational Orticolario garden show, altogether worth over £1,500

No Dig Organic Home & Garden

During the summer holidays, why not find read up on the no dig method. Here, gardener and writer Lia Leendertz reviews the latest book on the matter. 

Festina Lente late summer planting c. Maayke de Ridder
Plants

Esther Schonenberg of Dutch nursery Festina Lente gives her advice on creating a long season of colour in the garden

Things for green fingered children
Design

With the children out of school for the summer, keep them entertained outdoors with this selection of outdoor kit for little green fingers

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