Plants

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.

Visiting pollinator c.David Murray

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’ c.Jason Ingram

GALLERY: Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses some of her favourite plants that brighten her September garden, even as summer draws to a close. Browse through our gallery of images for inspiration. (Images by Jason Ingram)

Late summer container combination from Kristy Ramage c.Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

Pollinator friendly plants c. Elke Borkowski

Plantswoman Marina Christopher of Phoenix Perennial Plants recommends 12 plants that will help bring beneficial pollinators to your garden, as well as colour and interest to your borders.

Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’ c. Jason Ingram

Nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’ as the perfect plant for a sense of cool summer freshness. Plus 9 other recommendations of top summer plants and places to visit.

 

Butterflies and flashbacks c Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage plants up a stunning urn with a splash of gorgeous summer flowers. Here's how to recreate the look yourself.

Centaurea atropurpurea c. Jason Ingram

As spring gets into its stride,nurserywoman Derry Watkins highlights Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ as one of the plants takes a starring role in your garden right now. Plus 8 other recommendations of plants late spring impact and seasonal places to visit.

 

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