Plants

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.

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.

Pulsatilla vulgaris subsp.grandis ‘Papageno’ c. Maayke de Ridder

GALLERY: Expert plantsman Hans Kramer, owner of De Hessenhof nursery in the Netherlands, highlights some of his own favourites for helping the garden sing in spring. (Images by Maayke de Ridder)

Japanese cherry blossom c. Lynn Keddie

Ornamental Japanese cherry trees are one of the delights of spring with their clouds of blossom and make a wonderful addition to a garden. Val Bourne picks out some favourites from the collection at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire. 

Pelargonium offer from Sarah Raven

Take advantage of this offer from Sarah Raven on two of her carefully selected pelargonium collections, giving you free postage and packing worth £4.95*.

Name this plant  c. Jason Ingram

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.

Name this plant c.De Agostini/Getty Images

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.

Name this plant c.Getty Images

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.

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.

Narcissus at Berchigranges. c. Sabrina Rothe

Thierry Dronet, owner and gardener at Berchigranges garden in the Vosges mountains of northeast France, is infatuated with narcissus. Find out what his 12 recommended varieties are that will bring your garden to life in spring.

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