Plants

July favourites

GALLERY: As summer reaches its peak, nurseryman Hans Kramer selects 10 favourite plants for providing colour in July (Images by Maayke de Ridder)

Can you identify this plant?

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants. 

Late-flowering clematis

Garden designer and writer, Noël Kingsbury takes a fresh look at late-flowering clematis and lists 15 favourites worth looking out for.

Pots of style

Head gardener Matthew Reese makes the most of unusual foliage shapes and textures of succulents in this container arrangement using a collection of vintage glass. 

Can you name this plant?

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants. 

Best climbers

Things are looking up - choose fom our selection of best climbing plants and add vertical interest to walls and trellises or scrambling over other plants in borders. Gardener Rory Dusoir gives his recommendations. 

Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

Can you name this plant?

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants. 

Can you name this plant?

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant, we'll give you details about how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants. 

Can you guess this plant?

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, plus answer other questions about it. Once you've completed the five questions about this particular plant we'll give you details on how to grow it successfully in your garden. There's no prize but we hope that throughout the year it's a fun way to learn more about a whole host of garden plants. 

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