Plants

How to force bulbs for winter displays

Forcing bulbs allows you to introduce a much-needed burst of colour to your home at a time when very little is happening in the garden. Here, Hannah Gardner explains how to force bulbs and suggests a colourful woodland plant combination. 

How to make your own ginger beer

Alotmenteer Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for ginger beer. 

The best winter-flowering heathers

Winter-flowering heathers are inexpensive, evergreen plants that provide colour in the coldest months. They are perfect for containers and mix well with a host of other garden plants. Here are some of the best winter-flowering heathers to grow in your garden. 

Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017 Charlie Ryrie

Charlie Ryrie is a gardener and florist. She started The Cut Flower Company by growing the flowers she loved in a small field next to her house. Charlie will be speaking at the Gardens Illustrated Festival 2017, 25-26 March. 

November plants

As winter begins to bite, plantswoman Marina Christopher suggest colourful stems and foliage, graceful grasses and delicate flowers to brighten light-starved days. Photography by Jason Ingram. 

Plants with Halloween inspired names

'Pointed Finger', 'Spider's Web'...The Gardens Illustrated team has come up with a selection of plants with creepy cultivar names to get into the spirit of Halloween. Photography by Torie Chugg, Rachel Warne, Maayke de Ridder and Jason Ingram. 

Winter squash recipes for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, look beyond the large, bright-orange, carving pumpkins and find green, white or yellow winter squash. Each with a unique flavour, these seasonal fruits are delicious to eat and wonderfully autumnal. Gardener cook, Jojo Tulloh shares three of her favourite recipes.  

Why you should celebrate apple day this year

Apple day is an event dedicated to celebrating Britain's apple cultivars and orchards. The tradition, started by the charity Common Ground over 30 years ago, is still growing and it's easy for you to get involved. 

Garlic to grow

Allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh explains why growing your own garlic is so rewarding and suggests some of the best garlics to plant now, plus find out how you can save 15% on buying garlic bulbs with our reader offer. 

How to cultivate nerines c.Sietske de Vries

Nerines and amarines flower when most other flowers have faded, so how do you go about cultivating them for yourself? 

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