Plant combinations from a university garden

Sichtungsgarten Weihenstephan is Europe's leading research and teaching garden with beautiful and exemplary planting displays. Here are four plant combinations from the garden.

Recommendations for salvias. Photo c. Maayke de Ridder

Tuingoed Foltz is one of the Netherland's most renowned nurseries with a collection of 140 different forms of salvia. Here, owners Bob Foltz and his partner Andries Bierling choose their favourites. 

Blackcurrant steamed pudding. Illustration c. Sarah Young

Jojo Tulloh shares a recipe for a blackcurrant steamed pudding, otherwise known as a top hat. 


Feast your eyes on these beautiful daylilies, recommended by plantsman John Hoyland and pick a few favourites to grow in your garden. Photographs by Dianna Jazwinski. 

July 2016 plants

This month, plantswoman Marina Christopher is drawn to loose, airy, meadow-style plants that look beautiful all summer, attract insects and last well into autumn. 

Planting expert Noel Kingsbury considers the importance of the trials garden at Weihenstephan in helping to define contemporary Germany planting.

Plant-filled garden

In Portland, Oregon, Nancy Goldman finds joy in filling her garden with plants. Here you can find which are her favourites. 

Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we use hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.


Often thought of as tall, airy plants with finely cut foliage and a froth of flower, meadow rues are, in fact, much more varied. Here are Val Bourne's recommendations. 

Bring back the buttonhole

In the June issue we asked Gardens Illustrated readers to join our campaign to bring back the buttonhole by creating a buttonhole bouquet and posting a picture of it on our social media pages using the hashtag #bringbackthebuttonhole. We had an amazing response and as a thank you we have put together a gallery of some of those images. 

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