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This month

Escape to the Country

We celebrate the return of autumn and all it has to offer. From impoverished farmland to thriving estate, we visit a Normandy garden revived with panache to flow effortlessly into its surroundings.

As we pass the autumn equinox – and to help immerse ourselves in the season and all it has to offer – we ask gardener Jacky Mills to give us some bulb-planting ideas for autumn. She’s put together some alternative ways of displaying bulbs and encouraging them to flower earlier so they can be used indoors when winter is at its darkest.

Out in the world of gorgeous gardens we visit Parcevall Hall in North Yorkshire, flanked by mature trees and displaying established plantings that enhance the garden’s wonderful structure.

Meanwhile, our ongoing seasonal highlights from Malverleys in Hampshire goes down the lush, tropical route that reaches a peak this month. Our plant profile reveals the best evergreen ferns.

And, as our cover star, we ask designer Adam Shepherd to reveal the secrets behind his striking plant spheres. Move over the hanging basket...

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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.