Often thought of as tall, airy plants with finely cut foliage and a froth of flower, meadow rues are, in fact, much more varied. Here are Val Bourne's recommendations. 

Bring back the buttonhole

In the June issue we asked Gardens Illustrated readers to join our campaign to bring back the buttonhole by creating a buttonhole bouquet and posting a picture of it on our social media pages using the hashtag #bringbackthebuttonhole. We had an amazing response and as a thank you we have put together a gallery of some of those images. 

Colourful plant combinations

Here are five inspiring plant combinations from a romantic Dutch garden, planted in English style, that focus on bringing colour and vibrancy into the garden. Photography by Sietske de Vries. 

Plant combinations for borders

Four plant combinations to add colour and drama to your summer borders. 

Win gardening products from Scotts Miracle-Gro

Enter our competition to win a box of practical garden goodies from some of the UK's favourite gardening brands. 


A gallery of some of the best wisteria for flower, scent and overall dramatic effect, chosen by nurseryman and wisteria expert Chris Lane. Photographs by Annaïck Guitteny

Bring back the buttonhole

Join us in our campaign to bring back the buttonhole. 

Flowering dogwoods

Flowering dogwoods are often overlooked but their glorious early summer flowers are a delightful addition to the garden. Horticulturist Andy McIndoe recommends some of the best. 

Culinary herbs

From spearmint to French tarragon, herb expert Jekka McVicar lists the essential culinary herbs that no gardener cook should be without. 

May plants

Plantswoman and ecologist Marina Christopher finds plants for May that provide interesting features, colours and sweet aromas - and will also keep bees busy. 

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