How to identify trees

In the first of a new four-part series on identifying trees, Lia Leendertz outlines the key features of common, native deciduous trees so you can learn how to recognise them, even out of season. Here she takes a closer look at oak, ash and beech. 

Favourite seed heads - Foeniculum vulgare c. Lynn Keddie

Seedheads glistening with frost play an important part in bringing structural winter interest to the garden. Here's five plants that can be happily left to provide a eyecatching display

Make your own origami seed packet

Organise your seeds ready for sowing and make your own origami seed packets – simply follow our fold-by-fold guide. 

November plants

As cold weather approaches, head gardener Mat Reese looks to plants that keep flowering or hold on to their russet foliage, into the last embers of autumn. Here is his selection of November plants. Photos Jason Ingram. 

Key plants for an ornamental meadow

In the November issue we visit Susy and Coleman Townsend in Delaware, USA and here you'll find 12 key plants used to create their series of magical meadows.

Try this tulip combination

As Parham House in West Sussex prepares to plants out bulbs for next spring, head gardener Tom Brown considers one of his favourite tulip combinations. 

How to make an Advent calendar

Gardens Illustrated has joined together with The Herbarium Project to show you how to make your own floral Advent calendar for Christmas. 

The best winter stems for late season colour

As flowers and foliage fade in the approaching winter months, these trees and shrubs offer fiery colour. Andy McIndoe chooses the best winter stems for late-season colour. Photographs by Dianna Jazwinski. 

How to create indoor container displays

In the last of his series on creating containers with impact, gardener Thomas Unterdorfer keeps the colder weather at bay with hothouse and conservatory favourites. Here he uses Geoppertia crocata 'Tassmania' to echo the fire and light that is synonymous with the time of year. 

Unusual vegetables to grow in your garden

Mix things up in your vegetable garden and try growing a few unusual varieties among your traditional crops. Jojo Tulloh recommends a few of her favourites. 

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