Welcome to the July issue of Gardens Illustrated: The Plant Issue

Discover the beauty of perpetual flowering carnations. Get the best herbaceous clematis. And dive deep into our pick of 77 dazzling plants for summer. Welcome to The Plant Issue.


With our gardens now in full swing we’re here to help you on your way to achieving something great. In the July edition of Gardens Illustrated we highlight the plants and gardens nurtured so thoughtfully by passionate gardeners and plantspeople.

Firstly, our kitchen-garden columnist Aaron Bertelsen lists vegetable plots that offer him food for thought.

We admire the dedication and expertise Jim Marshall has shown in propagating and collecting the once-fashionable perpetual carnation.

Our plant profile this month are herbaceous clematis which will prove a boon to any border.

Dan Pearson guides us through the newly developed garden at Sissinghurst Castle, channelling the spirit of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, inspired by the planting and feel of the Greek island of Delos.

All this, plus all the latest gear and our famous seasonal explorations of the world’s most beautiful gardens.

Don't forget to enter this month's competition (for free) here.

And get this month's recipe here.

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Daniel GriffithsDigital Editor

Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.