Widely regarded as the Vogue of the gardening press, Gardens Illustrated aims to inspire you with an eclectic and international editorial mix of remarkable places, plants and people. With superb photography, authoritative journalism and exceptional design, this award-winning magazine is a style bible for garden designers, garden lovers and enthusiasts alike.
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READER HOLIDAYS 2021 • Gardens Illustrated joins with some of the best names in contemporary gardening to open up a world of exciting, inspiring and influential international gardens. Discover how culture and climate inform how we view our gardens today
Garden shows 2021 • Flower shows, festivals and plant fairs are wonderful sources of inspiration for the garden. Here is our roundup of the top shows in the UK and further afield for 2021
Dig in • What’s happening, what’s in flower and what to buy this month
3 FOR THE GARDEN… SEED STORAGE BINS
KITTED OUT • For propagating
DEAN CHARLTON • Now one of the team at Great Dixter, Dean has been able to learn from key mentors throughout his journey to becoming a gardener
GOOD INTENTIONS • A new year heralds a new growing season and the promise of crops to come. For Aaron, January is also the month for resolving to take fruit trees in hand, which offers him both the satisfaction of seeing neat rows of pruned trees and the chance to work up an appetite for hearty soups and stews
100 THE ECO SELECTION BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL PLANTS • Our changing climate is already changing the way we garden. But what plants should we grow in this changed world? Must we sacrifice lushness for toughness? We asked five leading designers whose gardens have sustainability at their core for their ideas. Their choices are robust and adaptable plants that will protect soil, lock up carbon and provide food and shelter for wildlife. They range from low-maintenance groundcovers to the evergreen sub-shrubs dry gardening guru Olivier Filippi grows for their allelopathic effects. How amazing that they are all beautiful too.
Perfectly on point • In leafy west London, designer Charlotte Rowe has used clever textural planting in a green palette to transform an awkward triangular space into a stylish garden
ERYTHRONIUM • Their dainty flowers with swept-back petals and often mottled leaves make erythroniums one of the highlights of a woodland garden
Where to see and buy
First love • After falling for cyclamens in a local garden, Jo Hynes has amassed a National Collection and filled her Devon garden with these and other bright early delights
White magic • In their Cumbrian garden Margaret and David MacLennan have built up a collection of more than 2,000 snowdrop cultivars, with their success due in part to the deftness of Margaret’s nimble fingers when it comes to propagation
ELIZABETH MACGREGOR • The nurserywoman famed for her anemones, violas and clematis on being bitten by the hybridising bug and the joy of exhibiting. Just don’t ask her about pansies
Force of nature • At once works of art and functional objects, Cécile Daladier’s portable gardens rely on the forces of nature to create them, and on natural materials – f lowers – to complete them
Still waters run deep • A watery oasis garden intentionally out of kilter with the surrounding Californian climate and landscape bears all the hallmarks of its individualistic designer, Ron Lutsko
DESIGN TRENDS 2021 • Like many of us, garden designers are having to respond to the fast-paced world we are living in, while also considering the environment and our wellbeing....