Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride, Derry Watkins of Special Plants selects the charming blue flowers of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' to light the way to sunnier days.

Spring scheme for pots c. Andrew Montgomery

Plant up a pot - designer Kristy Ramage makes the most of spring's early charmers to create a container with the appeal of the woodland edge.

Anemone x lipsiensis c. Jason Ingram
Derry Watkins of Special Plants Nursery chooses a selection of her favourite flowers and foliage to introduce some much needed colour into early spring gardens.


Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' c. Jason Ingram

GALLERY: Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses some of her favourite plants to cheer us through the final days of winter. Browse through our gallery of images for inspiration. (Images by Jason Ingram)

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Bob's Best' c. Jason Ingram

In the first of her new series, Derry Watkins of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Bob's Best' as one of her favourite plants for the winter garden. Plus 8 other plants that look good in February and places to visit at this time of year.


Chimonanthus praecox c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, chooses the deliciously scented Chiomonanthus praecox plus a selection of eight other plants to bring interest to the garden even in the depths of winter. 

Palmette verrier fruit tree c. Andrew Montgomery

Branch Nurseries is offering readers a bespoke collection of three fruit trees – an eating apple, a cooking apple, and an eating pear. Each tree will be a maiden tree (one year old) making it perfect for training into the shape you choose.

Crataegus orientalis c. Fergus Garrett

Make the most of autumn’s richly coloured foliage and the abundance of bright, ripe berries before winter frosts really begin to bite. Fergus Garrett selects Crataegus orientalis for its rich orange edible haws. 

Carbon Gold Soil Improver

Make the most of this offer from Carbon Gold on their biochar Soil Improver and get your trees, shrubs and fruit trees off to a great start this autumn.

Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' c. Sharon Pearson

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.


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