Plants

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.

Cottesbrooke Hall Plant Finders Fair c. Andrew Montgomery

If you are passionate about gardening, love beautiful plants and garden accessories, then your gardening season isn’t complete without a visit to Cottesbrooke Hall Plant Finders Fair in Northamptonshire, held in association with Gardens Illustrated.

Jekka McVicar's design for a herb border

Jekka McVicar, one of Britain’s leading herb growers, creates a compact scheme that’s both beautiful and full of flavour – so all you have to do is the planting and the picking

Bupleurum longifolium subsp. aureum

 Nurseryman John Hoyland picks Bupleurum longifolium subsp. aureum as one of his top plants to bring that summer-fresh look to the garden in June.

 

Papaver orientale 'Royal Chocolate Distinction'

Online plant nursery Crocus supplied all the plants to top garden designers Cleve West and Luciano Giubbilei for their gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower show this year. Now we're offering readers a discount on their award-winning selection to grow in your own garden. (Hurry - while stocks last)

Paeonia lactiflora 'Karl Rosenfield' c.Jason Ingram

Peonies offer voluptuous blooms to grace your garden from late spring until July. Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall gives tips on how to grow these alluring flowers.

Beans growing up a hazel beanpole support

We’re all being encouraged to live more sustainably and as gardeners we can play our part too. So, as you set up your trellises and wigwams this spring ready for your beans and sweet peas, think for a moment about those imported bamboo canes you’re using and what alternatives there might be.

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