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Ideas for small gardens

Designing and planting up small gardens is the focus of the August issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED. Here we gather together designers' thoughts on how to create an inspiring outdoor space even in the smallest of gardens.


Kaye Stout's Inchbald winning design for a roof garden

We are delighted to announce the winners of competition with the Inchbald School of Design, ran at the beginning of the year, offering a scholarship on one of the college's online garden design courses

Villa Barbarigo c. Alex Ramsay/Alamy

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK Join our reader holiday and travel over land and water to discover the rich history and fine gardens of Italy’s Serenissima region, 4-8 September 2012.

Sedum 'José Aubergine' c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries highlights Sedum 'José Aubergine' for its intensity of colour in the August garden. PLUS places to visit to enjoy the fruitfulness of summer

Take pelargonium cuttings c. Stephen Hamilton

Gardener and writer Lia Leendertz reminds us that now is the time to propagate pelargoniums for successful plants for free next year. PLUS other practical tasks to keep on top of this month

Gardens Their Hidden Life by Colin Spedding

Garden columnist Francine Raymond reviews Colin Spedding's book Gardens: Their Hidden Life and discovers that his aim is to get us thinking about our gardens as important wildlife habitats with all the flora and fauna they support (even the pests and weeds).

Floriade World Horticultural Expo

The horticultural expo is staged once every ten years and showcases a world of flowers, plants, trees, fruits and vegetables allowing visitors to see, feel and experience nature in an entertaining and informative way.


Badger Beer Garden RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
Plants is offering GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers the chance to win a plant collection worth £65, made up of 18 plants as featured in the Badger Beer Garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.


Pierre Diamantopoulo's Arch at The Grove

This summer there’s a great selection of garden art and sculpture events and exhibitions taking place in some of the country’s finest garden locations. Here’s a selection to look out for.

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries highlights Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ for its gorgeous golden flowers that brighten the garden in July. PLUS places to visit to enjoy summer plantings at their best

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