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.

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 

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. 

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