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Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva' c.Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the April garden with spring finally holding sway. Here we highlight the showy forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica 'Bluesylva'.

Opera in the garden - Glyndebourne

Some of the finest gardens in the UK also host some of the best operatic performances. Here’s a selection of note this year

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 Yellow Book 2013

With the long Easter weekend just ahead of us, make sure you have this year's National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book to hand - there's a selection of early gardens open for visiting, or spend some time planning your visits for the year ahead. We have a special reader discount offer, too.


Now is the time to start thinking about getting supports in place ready for the surge in spring growth and gardeners are been urged to choose British grown hazel beanpoles to help increase the demand for coppice woodland management -which in turn will benefit woodland wildlife especially rare woodland flowers. 

The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz

Lila Das Gupta reviews The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz and learns that there are plenty of obscure but delicious vegetables she hadn't tried yet.

Penstemon Sunrise c. Dennis Frates

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013 have just been announced. Take a look at the winning picture, view a slideshow and find out more about the exhibition.

Well thought-out design for a garden c. Annie Guilfoyle

Gardening can be a balancing act between your desired looks and the time you are able to spend on maintenance. So how do you get impressive results without devoting your whole life to your garden? Designer Annie Guilfoyle gives some tips

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

Autumn colours in Japan

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

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