Plants

Gardens Illustrated 25th

DAY 2: To celebrate our 25th anniversary we are offering 25 prizes - one a day. Today it is useful plant supports from Plant Belles

Sarah Raven sweet pea seedlings

Get your sweet pea seedlings planted now and you'll be picking blooms come summer. Here's an offer from Sarah Raven on some gorgeous choices. Offer valid until 31 May 2018.

Woottens of Wenhaston plant offers

There’s still time to sort out your spring planting now to ensure a colourful display later in the year. Award-winning nursery Woottens of Wenhaston offers a great range of perennials including a good selection of Iris sibirica and Hemerocallis. Here are two collections put together especially for Gardens Illustrated readers.

The best yellow magnolias for gardens of all sizes

Magnolias are most commonly seen in shades of pink, purple and white. Grown for their flower colour, yellow magnolias can be an attractive alternative and their variable habit allows them to be grown in gardens of all sizes. Here you'll find growing advice for yellow magnolia trees and shrubs, the best magnolias to grow and where to buy them.

Why plant lovers should visit Mani, Greece

A top holiday destination, Greece is a magnet for sun-seekers but the Mani, the central and most dramatic of three peninsulas in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece, is the perfect spot for plant-lovers as it is home to rare tulips, both pained and wild. Hannah Gardener visits the region in search of its plants.

Create a simple spring display

Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent creates a simple container display to celebrate spring, and gives his advice for styling plants in the garden. 

April plants

Fleur van Zonneveld chooses her favourite plants for April, a month that marks longer days and warm soil. Photo by Maayke de Ridder. 

Wood anemones

There is charm in the simple form of an anemone, and the diversity of plants in the wild has provided rich pickings for enthusiasts. Here, plantsman John Hoyland picks out his favourite wood anemones. Photography by Lynn Keddie. 

Advice for growing bulbs

Rod and Jane Leeds have created a garden that brims with life and colour in spring. It's packed with large collections of bulbs and here they share some advice on growing bulbs successfully in the garden. 

Backhouse daffodils

Backhouse daffodils have been bred by three generations of the Backhouse Family, starting with William Backhouse (1807-1869). Here is a gallery of these daffodils, tracked down by Caroline Thompson, founder of the Backhouse Heritage Exhibition & Education centre in Fife and a direct descendent of the family. Photos by Jason Ingram. 

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