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Flowering veg bouquet c. Peter Bauwens
Plants

The kitchen garden is back, and with it the complete experience of sowing, growing and eating. Yet vegetables can be so much more than just food; they can improve ecology, encourage birds and bees, offer colour and seeds. You could even take it one step further and bring flowers from the vegetable plot inside. 

Prairie planting
Design

We asked ten of the top garden designers to give us their thoughts on what the latest garden trends will be in the year ahead.

Hunting Brook c. Jimi Blake

Join our exclusive Gardens Illustrated tour of the gardens of Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains in the company of Jimi Blake of Hunting Brook, 23-26 September, 2013

 

Christmas Crossword 2012

It's time to put your horticultural knowledge to the test with our bumper crossword in the December issue. Answer all the clues, decipher the code word and you could win a magnum of champagne Taittinger

Festive foraging c. Kristy Ramage and Jason Ingram
Gardens

Your garden can help provide a very merry Christmas, if you know what you’re looking for and how to use it. Here's some stylish decoration suggestions to make yourself from designer Kristy Ramage.
 

Sumptuous garden flowers
Design

Winter is the perfect time to think about your garden and how it can look even better next year. Award-winning designer Jinny Blom gives us her 10-point plan of things to consider.

RHS Harlow Carr in winter c.RHS
Gardens

The poetic beauty of many landscapes is particularly affecting in winter, so it’s worth making the effort to enjoy some of the finest scenery the country has to offer. What better way to enjoy a winter’s day? 

Vinca difformis c. Jason Ingram
Plants

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries chooses Vinca difformis for its grace and long season of interest – with the occasional flower right through to December. Plus her pick of other top plants for the winter months.

Midnight Brambling - Lia Leendertz

Writer and regular magazine contributor Lia Leendertz tells us about her own blog - Midnight Brambling.

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