Plants

Quiz 2: Name this plant

Test your gardening knowledge in our GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week we'll post a new quiz and you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, give its origins, history, cultivation and indicate how best to propagate 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.

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Plant quiz: Name this plant?

Test your gardening knowledge in our NEW GARDENS ILLUSTRATED quiz. Each week we'll post a new quiz and you'll be asked to identify a seasonal plant, give its origins, history, cultivation and indicate how best to propagate 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.

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. 

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)

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.

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.

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.

Clematis paniculata c. Jason Ingram

If you thought you'd have to wait until next spring/summer to enjoy clematis, think again. There are plenty of evergreen and semi-evergreen forms that flower in winter and will add extra sparkle - and scent too. Plantsman John Hoyland picks some favourites 

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