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Daylily Plant Profile in July

Daylilies are a mainstay of summer herbaceous planting and, despite their name, their charms endure

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Picking a Garden Posie in January

It may be deepest winter, but there are a number of fragrant flowers to pick for indoors

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Plant Profile – Perennial Violas

With their smiling faces, violas are a sweet-natured perennial that no garden should be without

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Step-by-Step Planting an Autumn Pot

A container of September flowers quickly gives a new lease of life to patios and terraces

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Mother’s Day Posie Step-by-Step

With spring bulbs in flower, it’s an ideal time for the kids to pick a fresh garden posie for their Mum

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Linden Barn in July

A small village garden planted to peak in late summer with herbaceous perennials and roses

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A Town Garden in June

A clever design with pergola, sunken potager and summer flowers creates a space for entertaining

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Trough Step-by-Step Planting Alpines

Alpine troughs, with their tiny flowering plants in spring and summer, are ideal for small gardens

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Woodmansterne in July

Resting between town and countryside, this family garden integrates play areas and summer flower borders

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Woodbines Avenue Garden in August

A long, thin town garden planted for year round interest, with abundant flowering in late summer

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The Crest Garden in June

A suburban garden where a collection of salvage finds is transformed into unusual plant containers

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St Regis Close in April

An imaginative city garden filled with spring tulips, humour, mirrors, follies and unique garden structures

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Flower Pressing

Flower pressing is making a comeback, not only as a children’s hobby, but also as a craft

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Cut Summer Flowers

Easily grown annuals and perennials provide fresh cut flowers for posies and bouquets well into autumn

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Rosebery Road in May

This is a true family town garden, but behind the thoughtful layout and plants lies a strong design

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Quarry Cottage in May

An informal, quarter-acre hillside plot that, come spring, abounds with spring bulbs and frothy perennials

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Perfect Lawns

A beautiful lawn is a joy, not only to walk on barefoot, but also as a tranquil space or foil to plants

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Old Mill House in September

In autumn, a riverside country garden which combines tradition with contemporary design

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Late Summer Family Garden

A town garden planted for late summer herbaceous planting around lawns where children play

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Garden Lodge in Spring

On a crisp April morning, this garden shines with the beauty of tulips, daffodils and new leaves

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Field House Garden in May

A walled town garden where a long rectangular pool reflects flowers from late spring into summer

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Brooke Cottage in August

A late summer garden that envelops a cottage in herbaceous, shady and container planting areas

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Snowdrop Plant Profile

As one of winter’s most enduring flowers, snowdrops unfurl as early as January, with later cultivars in February and March

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Mark Lloyd Chef and Forager

Mark Lloyd loves to forage for the wild berries, hips, fungi and nuts growing free in hedgerows

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Flowering Trees in April and May

There’s no surer sign that spring is in the air than blossom and blooms on boughs and branches

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Garden Rooms with a View

Every garden, urban or rural, large or small, has potential for an eye-catching view: it just requires imagination

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Adding Drama

Well designed gardens include focal points created from foliage, flowers, furnishings and features

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Up The Garden Path

A path links, leads and lures, not only serving a practical purpose, but offering scope for imaginative designs & planting

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Wilkins Pleck in February

A stunning country garden with a strong framework of hedges and topiary that is brought alive by winter’s frost

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Manor House in July

A riverside garden with prairie style borders of grasses and perennials that peak in summer

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Planting an Alpine Trough in May

Alpines are a charming miniature plants, flowering in troughs and rock gardens in spring and summer

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Alexandra Drive in June

In summer this small town garden is alive with roses and perennials amongst salvage finds

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Scent From Heaven

The scents in a garden can have as profound an effect as the beauty of the flowers

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Abbeywood Gardens in August

Late summer colour and exotic planting add a special charm to this beautiful rural family garden

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Belle Vue in May

A winding, decked path between packed borders makes a long narrow summer plot appear wider

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Clematis All Year Round

Small, dainty, big or blowsy, clematis come in such a range as to suit any garden, flowering in every month

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Garden Buildings

Practical, ornamental or whimsical, a garden building is one of the largest, most dominant features in a garden

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Cottage Garden Style

This decorative style inspires gardeners willing to experiment with a broad palette of plants and give nature a free rein

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Garden Lighting

Outdoor lighting adds a touch of magic to the simplest of gardens, infusing the space with depth and style, adding drama

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Colour in the Garden

Colour is an exciting and inspirational element of a garden, a powerful tool for creating different effects and moods

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Topiary For All Seasons

Amidst an unpredictable climate and fleeting flowers, topiary is a constant presence in the garden

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Perfect Parterres

Infinitely adaptable, parterres are equally at home in tiny courtyards as in large spaces, ancient or modern

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Moleshill in February

This walled garden is magical in snow, its structure highlighted as individual plants cast their spell

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Winter Structure

By new year, gardens are mostly stripped of flowers, relying on permanent features and evergreens for interest

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Hellebore Plant Profile

Hellebores, with their exquisite winter flowers and long flowering season, have enchanted generations of gardeners

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Down House in February

Come midwinter, and carpets of winter bulbs add drama beside newer contemporary areas

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Spring Containers

Nothing heralds spring better than flowers, with many of the brightest thriving in pots for weeks on end

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Snowdrops – What’s in a Name?

As intriguing as these enchanting flowers, many a snowdrop’s name has much more to it than first appears

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Mill House in May

Spring in this traditional garden brings fresh foliage, blossom and the flowering of 2000 tulips

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Child Planting Herb Bowl

A step-by-step of a child planting a miniature herb garden in a wooden bowl.

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Woodpeckers in September

Come early autumn, and this 1.5 acre country garden sparkles with perennials, informally planted in garden rooms

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Bretforton Manor in October

A walled country garden with long herbaceous borders full of autumn flowers, lake, ancient follies, rose parterre and pool

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Vine Road in June

Charming 15m x 29m town garden with summer roses and cottage garden planting embracing a Victorian house

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The Winter Blues

During January, February and March, celebrate nature’s blues with baby bulbs, plucky perennials and showy shrubs

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Gosselin Road in September

Lawn-free suburban garden with autumn borders relaxing onto winding gravel path punctuated by topiary and pots

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Midwinter Colour and Fragrance

Pared down, a winter garden’s interest lies in texture, shape, perfume, structure and flowers of a rare delicacy

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Bewitching Witch Hazels

A hard January frost is sure to awaken the fragrant, spidery flowers on witch hazels to glow in the brittle winter sunshine

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Going for Winter Gold

Even the darkest winter day cannot fail to be lightened by the sight of golden flowers on trees or fences, in pots and beds

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Big Ideas Tiny Spaces

A pint-sized outdoor space needs gallons of imagination if it is to avoid feeling cramped and claustrophobic

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Daffodil Plant Profile

There’s a wide range of daffodils, with different varieties flowering from January until April, in pots, drifts, borders or beds

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Winter Pots

Bringing welcome colour from winter into early spring, many flowering plants are easy and rewarding to grow in pots

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Tough Winter Flowers

Come winter, and look out for a select group of doughty flowers that, surviving snow and frost, lift the spirits

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Redston Road in August

Modern town garden, designed on the diagonal, with raised deck over water, lawn, pots, pergola and seating

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July Posie

A step-by-step flower arrangement using dahlias, verbena, nicotiana and pimpinella

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Spring Tulip Spectacular

Come April, and a small but brilliant splash of colour on a bare hillside reveals a garden of massed tulips

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Rollscourt in May

Summer contemporary town garden of terrace, lawn, mini woodlandand kitchen plot, linked by a curving path

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Pitt Crescent in May

Long, narrow town garden in early summer, a shady, private, secret space with terraces, borders and mystery door

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One Brook Cottages in April

A terraced cottage garden full of spring bulbs, narcissus and tulips, with auricula theatre, deck, summerhouse

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Stoke Albany in June

English country garden with herbaceous borders, walled garden, roses, potager, summer flowers and gravel area

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Springhead in Autumn

Springhead is magical as autumn colour tints trees, and reflections play on the ancient lake by a gazebo and mill

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Sheepdrove Organic Farm in August

Summer country garden, with potager, herbs, hens and reedbed system, is at the heart of Sheepdrove Organic Farm

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Chiswick Garden in May

Small, informal town garden with gazebo of spring wisteria, summer flower beds, pool, bridge, lawns and terrace

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Topiary Garden in August

Modern topiary garden of giant yew and box shapes, a parterre with standard holly and gravel, and pool in summer

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Maryfield in September

Pool reflections of autumn dahlia and canna, a kitchen garden brims with vegetables and prairie style borders peak

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Lincoln Road Garden in May

Town garden in May when collections of hostas and maples fill pots or salvage containers on a patio, pergola, deck

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Lily Plant Portrait

Lilies are spring and summer bulbs with stunning lily flowers in white, pink, orange, cream, deep red or yellow

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Kitchen Garden Styles

Kitchen garden styles vary from potagers or parterres to traditional rows of vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers

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Holt Organic Farm in summer

In August at Holt Organic, the gravel garden of herbaceous perennials, kitchen garden and wildflower meadow peak

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Killieser in Spring

By April, this small London garden of borders, pots, woodland and parterre is full of tulips and spring flowers

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Holt Organic Farm in Spring

By April, the gravel garden at Holt Organic Farm has blossom and spring bulbs — tulips, allium and meadow camassias

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Hitchin Lavender

Fragrant and purple in the summer sun, Hitchin Lavender fields peak in August with long rows of flowers to pick

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High Beeches in Spring

High Beeches is a historic woodland garden where spring sees leaves unfurl on old trees and azaleas in flower

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Heritage Seed Library

The Heritage Seed Library at Ryton Organic Gardens saves rare or threatened heirloom vegetables from extinction

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Great Pecks

Contemporary country garden with prairie style, autumn beds of grasses and perennials, kitchen garden and terrace

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High Summer Garden

Summer garden peaks in August with herbaceous perennials, roses and clematis in beds, borders and a parterre

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Front Garden Design

First impressions count at a house entrance, so front garden design must balance paths, flowers, parking and bins

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Exbury Garden in Autumn

Autumn tree colour, woodland, exotic plants, late perennial borders and lakes make Exbury a must for October walks

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Muswell Hill Garden

Small town garden with early summer pots, terrace, lawn and herbaceous borders of cottage garden style planting

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Dial Park in Winter

In a country garden, winter brings hellebores, crocus and snowdrops in light woodland filled with February flowers

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Celebrity Gardeners’ Tips

Tips from top designers and celebrity gardeners Chris Beardshaw, Raymond Blanc, Rachel de Thame, Alys Fowler, Andy Sturgeon, Kim Wilde