Erysimum 'Ruston Royal' c. Sharon Pearson

Busy, long-lasting and often sweetly scented, the erysimum can brighten your garden, bridging the months from spring through to summer. Read about the legend behind their name and expert Val Bourne's pick of the best to grow

The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz

Lila Das Gupta reviews The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz and learns that there are plenty of obscure but delicious vegetables she hadn't tried yet.

Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare' c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, selects his favourite plants for the March garden. Here we highlight Pulmonaria 'Diana Clare'.

GroChar soil improver

Have you heard about GroChar? It’s a form of biochar that helps the environment in two ways – it locks away carbon dioxide normally released by decomposing plant matter, and when added to soils it acts as an effective improver. Here's your chance to win a tube to try it for yourself.

Competition to win a Hayter mower and scarifier

Spring is the perfect time of year to start your lawn-care routine, and here’s the opportunity to win both a mower and scarifier from one of the top lawnmower manufacturers, which will help you keep your lawn in top condition. 

Must-have plants

The Beth Chatto Nursery is offering a 10% discount on plants, including a selection of those mentioned in Piet Oudolf's  100 must-have plants featured in the February 2013 issue.


Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica (c.Sharon Pearson)

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, begins a new series of Nurseryman's Favourites. This month he selects those small, often delicate, plants that bring the February garden to life.

Alitags professional labelling kit

Give your plants smart, clear labels with this professional labelling kit from Alitags. 

Flowering veg bouquet c. Peter Bauwens

The kitchen garden is back, and with it the complete experience of sowing, growing and eating. Yet vegetables can be so much more than just food; they can improve ecology, encourage birds and bees, offer colour and seeds. You could even take it one step further and bring flowers from the vegetable plot inside. 

Vinca difformis c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Nurseries chooses Vinca difformis for its grace and long season of interest – with the occasional flower right through to December. Plus her pick of other top plants for the winter months.

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