Rare and historic tulips c. Andrew Montgomery

GALLERY: In the 17th century it was rare and exquisite tulips that sent a nation near crazy with 'tulip mania', and even today a painterly display of these beauties can melt the heart of dsigner Arne Maynard. Here's a selection to fall head over heels with. For the full feature see the October 2014 issue (214).

Clematis Picardy (='Evipo024')

Early autumn is the perfect time to plant clematis. In case you missed it back in 2010, we asked top clematis grower Raymond Evison to tell us what his all-time favourite clematis are. Here's his list again. 

Salvia leucantha ‘Purple Velvet’ c. Jason Ingram

GALLERY: Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath finds plenty of warm colour in October autumnal foliage and flowers to complement the shortening days. (Images by Jason Ingram)

October 2014

Take a look at some of the gorgeous features inside October's Gardens Illustrated - on sale Friday 26th September. We're celebrating Apple Day with family and friends, indulging in sumptuously coloured tulips, ensuring there's interest in the garden well into autumn and helping you create the perfect work studio.

Unknown yellow dahlia

Celebrating dahlia season - here's 10 facts you might not have known about these gorgeous late season blooms

Jacques Amand bulb offer

Order this gorgeous collection of richly coloured, rare, historic tulips at a special price from bulb expert Jacques Amand.

Sticky Wicket nectar garden c. Jason Ingram

Wild About Gardens Week - here's 9 tips to help make your garden more wildlife friendly. Even the smallest corner of 'happy chaos' will help.

Attracting insects to your garden c. Jason Ingram

It's Wild About Gardens Week (15-21 September). Here wildlife garden expert Pam Lewis gives us some ideas. She has been experimenting with plants for over 25 years to find those that are the most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. She picks 12 of her prettiest favourites that will help get your garden humming.

Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

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