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Betula utilis jacquemontii c. Jason Ingram

The textural bark of birch trees has a haunting beauty and comes in many more colours and textures than you might think. Horticulturist Christina Jones gives her recommendations. 

Books favourites 2014

If you're looking to top up your gardening knowledge over the winter months, take a look at our round up of gardening books that caught our eye during 2014. Great ideas for Christmas gifts and we're offering all 12 to readers at a special price.

Eucalyptus growhouse from

Our Design Sourcebook picks out nine interesting mini greenhouses, so that whatever the size of your garden, you still have the option of getting the benefits of growing under glass

Pumpkin recipes c. Sarah Young

Use up your stored pumpkins by cooking them down slowly with a variety of aromatics – garlic, ginger, lemongrass – and use either as a purée or as a base for soup thinned with stock. Follow our two recipes


Christmas decorations for door c. Andrew Montgomery

Celebrate the festive season with natural style by using foraged berries, seeds and leaves to decorate your front door. Designer Kristy Ramage creates some gorgeous wreaths and garlands 

Green walls c. Jason Ingram

From the smallest of gardens to the swankiest of city hotels, vertical planting is helping to bring walls to life and offers surprising benefits. Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle gives advice on how to go about planning your own

Favourite seed heads - Foeniculum vulgare c. Lynn Keddie

Seedheads glistening with frost play an important part in bringing structural winter interest to the garden. Here's five plants that can be happily left to provide a eyecatching display

December plants - Malus transitory c. Jason Ingram

GALLERY: In the last of her year-long series Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath picks ten plants that will help see the year out in style (Images by Jason Ingram)

Gardens Illustrated DIY seed packet templates

Download our template to make your own seed packets for seed collected from plants in your garden, perfect for passing on to friends.

December issue

Take a sneak peak at the December issue - on sale Friday 21 November. We celebrate the season with stylish ideas of how to create natural decorations for festive front door, plus our 'Gifts for Gardeners' guide. There's winter planting ideas and while you're browsing the seed catalogues, designer Sarah Price gives you some inspiration with her list of favourite flowers to grow from seed.

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