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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

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Crecy Close Garden

Small town garden in June with summer flowers, lawn, pool, bridge, waterfall, courtyard, gravel, mirror and deck

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Climbing Plants

An arch, arbour, pergola, obelisk or wigwam is enhanced by climbing plants such as roses, clematis, wisteria

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Christmas Wreaths

In December the festive season starts as homemade Christmas wreaths and garlands of evergreens are hung on doors

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Bulbs for every month of the year

There are different bulbs to flower in winter, spring, summer and autumn, naturalised or in borders, beds or pots

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Boxwood in high summer

Summer town garden sees cottage style herbaceous borders perennials, a shady pool, hosta walk, lovely pots, greenhouse

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Border Control

Five different herbaceous borders, peaking between late spring and autumn, with portraits of the star plants

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River Test Mill Garden

Autumn view of riverside country garden with streams, bog and gravel areas, herbaceous borders, lake, trees, seat

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Ben’s Acre Garden

This small, steep and narrow town garden is packed with borders of summer flowers, arbours and a summerhouse

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Autumn Colour

Autumn colour comes in the fall, not only in foliage tints or maple leaf colours, but also in late flowers, shrubs, berries and hips

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Aster Plant Profile

New England asters and Michaelmas daisies add late colour and striking plant associations in autumn borders

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John’s Garden

Winter in John Massey’s canal side garden sees vibrant flowers such as hellebores, witch hazels and snowdrops

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Living Willow Structures

Living willow can be woven into a variety of leafy garden structures — arbours, arches and play dens for children

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Allium Plant Profile

Allium, ornamental onions, flower from spring, through summer until autumn, varying from pink to purple, yellow or white

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Barnwood in June

Small suburban garden with herbaceous beds, grass paths, thatched summer house and pond edged in marginals

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About Nicola

I am both photographer and writer, conveying the beauty of gardens and plants through words and pictures that appear in publications all over the world. For 20 years now, I have photographed widely throughout the British Isles, meeting the remarkable people behind lovely English gardens, specialist nurseries and plant collections. A love of nature and gardening runs in the family, and my own garden is a joy.

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Nicola’s Garden

Contemporary garden in winter snow, designed by Andy Sturgeon with a framework of oak cubes leading through borders to a riverside deck