Plants

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’

Even in December there are still plants that will illuminate your garden. John Hoyland chooses a selection including this delightful witch hazel.

Autumn leaves c. Tim Sandall

Every garden needs some vibrant colour in autumn – but which trees offer the most sensational display? Tony Kirkham of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew lists some of his favourites.

Chasmanthium latifolium c. Rachel Warne

Fill your garden with colour and scent as autumn turns to winter. John Hoyland picks the grass Chasmanthium latifolium as just one possible plant highlight.

Parahebe 'Snow Clouds'

There are still plants in the garden flowering their hearts out as autumn arrives. John Hoyland extols the virtues of Parahebe 'Snow Clouds', plus gives ideas of places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

Andrew Chatto

Andrew Chatto, the late husband of influential gardener Beth Chatto, made extensive notes during his botanising travels around the world. Andrew's knowledge and the detailed notes he made informed much of Beth's own approach to 'right plant, right place'. Now those papers have been made available online as a fantastically rich resource for all plant enthusiasts.

Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop' c. Rachel Warne

John Hoyland enjoys the last splashes of summer colour with the cheery Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop'

Flower meadow on Hogarth roundabout c. Brita von Schoenaich

Guerilla gardeners are celebrating a floral success this summer. If you've been travelling into London along the Great West Road you might have noticed a fantistic display of meadow flowers right in the middle of a busy roundabout.

Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Red Thunder’ c. Rachel Warne

John Hoyland refreshes his summer planting with a tall and elegant Sanguisorba that flowers through to the end of September

Jinny Blom's pots c. Andrew Montgomery

Designer Jinny Blom created a series of easy-to-achieve planting schemes for containers, so that you can freshen up your garden with instant displays of vibrant plants. Here's her idea for a simple yet effective tabletop collection of pots.

Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’ c. Rachel Warne

John Hoyland selects a Sidalcea as one of his choice plants for July - a miniature version of a hollyhock in soft pink.

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