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Alys Fowler

Alys Fowler looks forward to the prospect of hard work as the garden comes alive in March.

Ribes x gordonianum

Bob Brown, one of Britain's most talented nurserymen, chooses nine irresistible plants for spring - Ribes x gordonianum is just one of them. To find out more, look at the March 2010 issue of Gardens Illustrated.


Be inspired by the season. Browse through our gallery of inspirational photographs highlighting some of the most desirable spring plants.


Don't go near a plant with blunt secateurs – cuts must be crisp and clean so you need a sharp blade, writes John Hoyland.

Hayter mower

We’ve three Harrier 48 mowers to be won, worth £870 each!


Get set for the season ahead with the most exciting and worthwhile seeds. Alys Fowler reviews her favourite catalogues.

Carol Klein

Carol suggests beautiful plants to adorn your garden this February, come frost or snow

Snowdrops at Painswick Rococo

The snowdrops have been wonderful this year – I’m not sure if they've been especially numerous, but I tend to think perhaps it’s psychological…

Blog by deputy editor, Sorrel Everton

Jacob's Ladder designed by Jeffrey Hewitt, Chelsea 2009

Don’t forget to book your Chelsea Flower Show tickets

Annuals border design
Design, Plants

Dutch nursery owners and planting designers Helen Lewis and Wilko Karmelk create a stunning chic and cheerful border using mainly annuals. Read the article and download their planting plan here:

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