Tips for growing plants in containers

If you only have a balcony or small courtyard, here's some tips to help you create a flower-filled garden using only container-grown plants. 

July plants

With summer in full swing, gardeners are spoilt for choice when it comes to colourful blooms and luscious foliage. Here are 10 recommended plants to grow for July, chosen by nurserywoman Fleur van Zonneveld. Photos by Maayke de Ridder. 

Baptisia  c. Jason Ingram

Originating from North America, baptisia have been grown in gardens in the UK since the end of the 19th century. Baptisias are hardy plants with beautiful foliage and eye-catching flowers and although they are often mistaken for lupins, baptistia are less susceptible to pests and disease and will last much longer. Photographs by Jason Ingram. 


Why plant lovers should visit the Cornwall

Horticulturist Hannah Gardner is fascinated by the English Coastline, all 7,000 miles of it. But she has a particular affection for the Cornish Coast, where childhood holidays fostered a love of open horizons, dramatic cliff tops and diverse native flora. Here she explains why Cornwall is a top holiday desination for plant lovers and she shares the best places to find facinating native plants and flowery meadows. 

Pomona Fruits 15% off

Growing your own blueberries and vines will add appeal to your plantings as well as a welcome harvest of summer fruits. 

June plants

This month, nurserywoman Fleur van Zonneveld selects plants for wildflower meadows and prairie plantings, plus a gentle self-seeder that is favoured by butterflies. 

Gardens Illustrated 25th

DAY 24: To celebrate our 25th anniversary we are offering 25 prizes - one a day. It's our second to last day and our prize today is a choice of photographic print from garden photographer Jason Ingram

Woottens of Wenhaston hardy geraniums offer

It’s possible to have hardy geraniums in flower in the garden from May to November - no herbaceous border is complete without at least one. Here's an offer with some of the best hardy geraniums to choose for your garden.

Take a look inside the June issue of Gardens Illustrated

The June issue of Gardens Illustrated is full of beautiful and useful planting ideas for summer. We ask the experts how they grow show-stopping peonies and take a close look at baptisia. Plus, there's a great list of self-reliant plants for pots. Here you can take a look inside the issue. 

Gardens Illustrated 25th

DAY 23: To celebrate our 25th anniversary we are offering 25 prizes - one a day. Today we have a stylish copper watering can from Haws as the prize, worth £49.99

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