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Noble fir - which Christmas tree should you choose

If you're setting out to buy your Christmas tree you might be torn between which type to go for. Here's a guide on how to buy the best Christmas tree.

The best winter-flowering heathers
Plants

Winter-flowering heathers are inexpensive, evergreen plants that provide colour in the coldest months. They are perfect for containers and mix well with a host of other garden plants. Here are some of the best winter-flowering heathers to grow in your garden. 

5 tips for planting hedges
Design

Hedges can be one of the most versatile design tools in your garden. Here are five tips for planting hedges with ideas on how to make the most of them in your garden design. Photographs by Sietske De Vries. 

Making heritage rakes
Design

Operating out of an ancient workshop in the Cumbrian village of Dufton, Rudd's Rakes, now run by the fourth generation of the Rudd family, is the last commercial wooden rake maker in Britain. 

Personalise your gifts this Christmas with wrapping ideas that have natural charm - and won't cost the earth. Designer Ali Bell heads into the garden to find some materials. Here are her ideas, with downloadable templates included

Gardens tour to Denmark
Gardens

If you're intrigued by the current trend for all things Danish from Nordic noir dramas to cosy hygge-style living, why not experience the country through its gardens on our tour to discover Danish garden excellence. 7-11 July 2017.

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017 Charlie Ryrie
Plants

Charlie Ryrie is a gardener and florist. She started The Cut Flower Company by growing the flowers she loved in a small field next to her house. Charlie will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

Book review of Plant

Our book of the month for November is Plant by Phaidon editors. Here you can read the review, written by Anna Pavord. 

How to age your garden
Design

Left to nature, a garden can take many years to reach maturity and feel fully established. Here, Kristy Ramage suggests ways of hastening the process and shows how to age your garden. 

November plants
Plants

As winter begins to bite, plantswoman Marina Christopher suggest colourful stems and foliage, graceful grasses and delicate flowers to brighten light-starved days. Photography by Jason Ingram. 

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