The well-loved gardening presenter’s new television series ‘Spring Gardening with Carol Klein’ will air this month on Channel 5, offering inspiration and advice from her beautiful garden at Glebe Cottage. Episode 1 of Spring Gardening with Carol Klein airs at 7pm on Thursday 21 April 2022, Channel 5. Carol Klein has been honing her horticultural […]
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To celebrate The English Garden’s 25th anniversary, we’re giving you the chance to win a selection of wonderful prizes. Follow the links below to discover the entry forms for each competition – good luck! Our May 2022 issue marks our quarter-century birthday, our silver jubilee, our 25th anniversary. To toast the occasion, we’re giving our […]
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Enter this prize draw for your chance to win an overnight stay at Gravetye Manor, the beautiful Sussex hotel surrounded by world-famous gardens. Enter our prize draw* for a chance to experience the quintessential beauty of Gravetye’s gardens as well as a stay at Gravetye Manor, where you’ll sample the inspiring seasonal menu of Michelin-starred […]
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Our roundup of prize draws to mark our 25th anniversary includes the chance to win a battery lawnmower from Stiga, the leading manufacturer of garden machinery and equipment. Fill in the form below to enter. Enter our prize draw* to win a battery lawnmower worth £852. Good luck! What’s the prize? The robust and powerful […]
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Enter the prize draw for your chance to win plant supports and a decorative wall trellis panel from reputed UK garden manufacturer Harrod Horticultural. We’re giving a lucky winner the chance to receive some beautiful garden additions, worth £566 from Harrod Horticultural. Fill in the form below for your chance to win* plant supports and a […]
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Enter the prize draw to win tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. This year, the Show will take place in May for the first time since 2019, and some of the gardens and plant displays have been three years in the making. Complete the entry form below for your chance to win* tickets to […]
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Capturing everyone’s attention in April, wisteria is the glamorous climber we all covet. Jacky Hobbs guides would-be growers through variety selection and plant care. Wisteria has universal appeal, embellishing elegant town houses and thatched country cottages alike. Bursting into bloom before the lime-green, pinnate foliage emerges, facades are covered with a wash of dangling, fragrant, […]
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Sweet, crunchy carrots are a favourite on dinner plates across the UK. They also happen to be one of the easiest vegetables to cultivate – follow this simple guide by Nicola Clements on how to grow carrots for a successful harvest. The humble carrot (Daucus carota) is an excellent choice for novice gardeners and seasoned allotmenters alike. […]
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This year, Cat & Mouse Landscapes celebrates 25 years of providing both landscaping services and Scotts of Thrapston’s range of stylish summerhouses, throughout East Sussex and Kent. It was in 1997 that David Granger left his job as a graphic designer to set up his landscaping business, Cat & Mouse Landscapes. Based near Hailsham in […]
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What separates Bloms Bulbs from other bulb suppliers? Brothers Paul and Chris Blom, who run the family business, say it’s the high quality of the bulbs and the collection they offer. Established in Holland in 1860 by Walter Blom, Bloms Bulbs has a long history of supplying top quality bulbs. To be sure of spectacular […]
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Award-winning garden and landscape designer Ruth Willmott is designing the Morris & Co. Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Discover her first blog about the process below. Ruth Willmott and her team will showcase the ‘Morris & Co. Garden’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Follow her progress in a blog series written […]
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Now’s your chance to win the protective and flattering Louise Khaki Wax Jacket from Welligogs. The lucky winner will also receive a £300 gift voucher to spend with this family-owned sustainable clothing and footwear business. British brand Welligogs has teamed up with The English Garden and our sister title The English Home for your chance to win a stylish wax […]
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We catch up with the grower, educator and author Celestina Robertson about her Norfolk-based cut-flower farm, Forever Green Flower Company, her new book on cut flowers and her passion for sustainable growing. “Cut flowers should celebrate the natural world, rather than be produced to its detriment,” says Celestina Robertson. “Seasonality is key and it’s the […]
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Growing fresh produce shouldn’t be reserved for those with an allotment or vegetable patch. With a little imagination, it’s surprisingly simple to create a balcony vegetable garden. Nicola Clements recommends eight easy balcony vegetables to cultivate in your growing space, however high up it may be. On account of their altitude, some balconies may be […]
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Very often when we think of spring planting, our eyes turn downwards to the ground, towards all the glorious spring bulbs and pretty potted perennials. But hanging baskets, Nicola Clements argues, have the ability to elevate our outside spaces. Here she recommends eight of her favourite hanging basket flowers. A well-dressed basket adds immediate interest […]
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Neil Miller, head gardener at Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent, shares his guide to deadheading daffodils and explains how you’ll know when it’s the right time to cut them back. With over 60,000 daffodils blooming on the Estate at Hever Castle & Gardens, there will be plenty of golden trumpets to deadhead this March and […]
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With advice taken from his first online gardening course with Create Academy, Arthur Parkinson shares his top 10 tips for planting up summer containers to create a show-stopping display over summer. With his expert container gardening knowledge and flair for creating vibrant arrangements, Arthur Parkinson has quickly become one of the most influential young gardeners working […]
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In spring, there’s plenty of interest at ground level from bulbs and early flowering perennials, but borders need structure and height, too. Create the prettiest spring scenes with our top 10 early flowering spring shrubs. If you notice your garden’s lacking flowers and structure this spring, our selection of spring shrubs can all be planted […]
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Once the spring container displays are planned out and the vegetable patch is ready to go, designing a herb garden should be next on your to-do list. Follow this simple guide by Nicola Clements on how to grow herbs in pots. Add fragrant herbs to your outdoor space to welcome in colour, texture and invigorating […]
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Evergreen shrubs provide structure across the seasons and set the scene perfectly for showy perennials to shine. Charles Carr, head of wholesale nurseries at Hillier, provides a guide to incorporating evergreen shrubs in your garden. As well as providing a striking green background all year round, some evergreen shrubs offer a grand show of their own […]
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The legacy of Capability Brown is tangible in the gardens at Bowood House in Wiltshire, says Helen Billiald. Over the years, these have been maintained and added to by the Marquesses of Lansdowne. Stand on the terraces of Bowood House on a golden autumn day, and you’ll find a timeless English landscape laid out beneath your […]
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Evergreen gardens are timeless and stylish, providing colour and texture even through the bleakest of seasons. Award-winning designer Kate Gould is bringing the verdant ‘Out of the Shadows’ garden to Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Here, she advises on how to design an evergreen garden in your own outdoor space. Kate Gould’s ‘Out of the Shadows’ […]
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They say “great oaks from little acorns grow”, and the same could be said for sunflowers. With their glorious, gigantic golden faces, some the size of dinner plates, it’s incredible what can be achieved from a tiny seed. Nicola Clements advises on growing sunflowers and recommends some eye-catching and unusual varieties. Nothing speaks ‘summer’ quite so well […]
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Strong winds are a gardener’s worst nightmare but there are precautions you can take to protect your plants from stormy weather. Emma O’Neill, head gardener at Garden Organic, shares five windy garden solutions to keep your garden thriving and happy, even in tempestuous winds. Horticultural charity Garden Organic is on a mission to promote the benefits […]
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Discover tips from editor-in-chief Clare Foggett and the expert glasshouse gardeners at Hartley Botanic on preparing your greenhouse for spring and what to grow in it through the months of March, April and May. When there are fewer jobs to do in the garden during winter, it’s a great time to get to grips with […]
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Nothing evokes a balmy summer’s day quite like pots leaden with juicy, plump strawberries tumbling heavily from their edges. To help turn this vision into a reality in your own garden, Nicola Clements provides an easy guide to growing strawberries in pots below. Oh, the English strawberry! Could anything else be more quintessentially British than […]
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The trend for terrarium gardening grows each year, with more people than ever creating miniature greenhouses to enjoy at home. Terrariums are simple to make, easy to care for and rewarding to have. Nicola Clements advises on how to make a terrarium with just a few basic materials and a little spare time. The intriguing […]
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Chris Collins, former Blue Peter gardener and head of organic horticulture at Garden Organic, shares his balcony garden ideas for spring. Horticultural charity Garden Organic is on a mission to promote the benefits of organic gardening for the planet. Balcony gardening expert Chris Collins shares some top balcony garden ideas to make the most of […]
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Follow these tips from expert London florist Judith Blacklock to create a spring tablescape that will elevate lunch and dinner parties over Easter. Judith Blacklock of Judith Blacklock Flower School in Knightbridge, London, shares tips on how to create a beautiful tablescape this spring: As we emerge from winter hibernation, with the days lengthening out, […]
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A specialist in escorted sightseeing holidays to Italy, Spain, Croatia and Austria, Mistral Holidays is an independent tour operator with 30 years of experience. Mistral Holidays has three decades of experience in planning and arranging memorable holidays so you can be sure you are in safe and competent hands. Smaller groups, better experiences Every moment of […]
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Find the final piece to complete your garden with the help of J’s Garden Antiques, a family-run garden antiques business based in Worcester. Gardens in the UK have a unique quality to them. We benefit from a moderate climate, soft light, rain, sunshine and good soil – the perfect ingredients for a wonderful garden. It […]
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The March 2022 issue of The English Garden magazine is on sale, full of inspirational ideas to help you create your dream garden. This issue is filled with gardens featuring daffodils. Just the ticket to hasten winter on its way and welcome spring with sunny optimism. In Kent, Hever Castle features opulent drifts of the […]
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February is the month for galanthophiles and snowdrop lovers. Each year, during the shortest month, many of England’s most beautiful gardens are covered by a pure white blanket of the delicately drooping flower. We’ve rounded up our top snowdrop gardens to attend in 2022. Remember – like buses, snowdrops are sometimes early and sometimes late! […]
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The striking Old English cultivar of holly, Ilex aquifolium ‘Flavescens’ (moonlight holly) is highly regarded for its brilliant variegated yellow foliage. Adrian Evans provides growing and caring tips for moonlight holly. A mainstay of the British countryside, Ilex aquifolium (common holly) is unmistakable with its spiny leaves and red berries in winter. Meanwhile, the canary-yellow, […]
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Winter needn’t leave your garden looking bereft. Nicola Clements picks her top five winter flowering bulbs to plant for a colourful display early in the year. The long, cold days of winter can often mean gardeners lay down their tools to take a much-needed break. But the coldest of our seasons offers plenty of opportunity […]
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Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ is a compact evergreen shrub that brings structure to the winter garden and fragrant flowers in early spring. Adrian Evans provides growing tips for its successful establishment and maintenance. Native to China and Japan, the broadleaved Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ is known as winter daphne because of it is one of the first shrubs to […]
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Family-run business Torc Pots makes everything by hand from its studio in the British Isles, creating beautiful pots and planters to enhance any outdoor or indoor space. Working alongside a talented team of artisans, Torc Pots specialises in texture, scale and bespoke pot design. The result is a range one-off designs that are beautifully crafted […]
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Gardener and writer Adrian Evans shares his modern garden ideas to transform your outdoor space into the sleek and sustainable garden of your dreams. Not everybody longs for a cottage garden with wispy edges and a seasonal colour palette. Modern gardens instead combine elements of geometric design with bold materials and functionality – heed these […]
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Enter our competition for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two, worth up to £5,000 and including free international flights. Luxury holiday competition: win a holiday to Britain Would you like the chance to stay in five-star luxury in London, taking in the capital’s most famous sights? How about a trip to the […]
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Anna Feeney from the RSPB tells us about the nuthatch, our bird of the month for January. Our Bird of the Month for January is the nuthatch. Did you know that no other British bird goes head-first down a tree? Numbers of this sturdy spy bird declined in the 19th century but have since risen and […]
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As we enter a new year, top designers from the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) share their predicted garden design trends for 2022. With the continued drive for sustainability as the overriding theme, these are the plants, materials and design styles to expect in gardens in 2022. Think pretty patchwork paths, luxury wild swimming pools […]
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An understated snowy colour scheme makes for a stylish seasonal white container that banishes winter gloom with its display of early blooms. Pot up a winter white container The common name of pure white flowered Helleborus niger may be the Christmas rose, but in truth, its flowers normally appear once the festive season is over. […]
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