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Modern Gardens Magazine

Modern Gardens Magazine

October 2020

Modern Gardens is the exciting new magazine that helps today’s busy professional create fresh, exciting outdoor spaces… without having to expend too much time and effort! Each month the magazine will feature new garden ideas and keep you up to date with gardening trends, as well as give you tips on the plants to grow, the tools to buy and landscaping to inspire. Our key focus is to help you create the garden you want in the space you have, for a price that’s right. - The trends: create the garden that’s perfect for you, no matter how much space you have - Inspirational features: we reveal fabulous gardens, hints and tips from readers & experts alike - Family: create an outdoor space that’s perfect for you and your children - Flowers: the best plants and how to grow them - Vegetable tips: grow your own food! - Shopping: where to go, what to buy, where you’ll find the best prices for you garden plants, tools and anything else you need We look forward to welcoming you on board our exciting journey!

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2 min.
celebrate outdoor living

How can it possibly be autumn already? I’m revelling in the last of the warm sunshine and relishing the final flushes of Japanese anemones, listening out for the clatter of the back gate heralding the arrival of a friend for a quick garden drink and wondering how on earth the gas canister on the barbecue is still going. And I’m not ready to retreat indoors just yet! So, I’ve been busy with a few tweaks to transform my patio into a cosy hideaway where I can sit beneath the stars on chilly evenings, toasty-warm in front of a fire with a blanket wrapped around my shoulders. A bare wall in a corner that’s far too shady for anything at all to grow is now home to a sheltered log stack…

7 min.
earthy pleasures

VERSATILE VERBENA Dense clusters of small but perfectly formed bright purple blooms perch on strong, towering stems, bestowing purpletop vervain Verbena bonariensis with a unique charm. So, don’t relegate this stunner to a filler, the fate of so many small flowers in the quest for a dramatic arrangement. They look stunning alone or teamed with a complementary variety such as American blue vervain Verbena hastata (£5.95/9cm pot, sarahraven. com) and have the versatility to look as pretty in a country setting as they do striking in a contemporary one. The leaves are edible, pinch a few to garnish drinks and dishes. Home harvest Whether you’re gathering a few late blooms or runner beans, this little basket is just the right size and will make harvesting your homegrown treasures all the more joyful. Designed…

1 min.
blooming lovely in october

3 DREAMY roses ‘CHAMPAGNE MOMENT’ £9.90/bareroot plant This sparkling variety bears beautiful blooms with pale apricot centres fading to creamy-white edges. In a sunny, fertile spot it will flower profusely until late autumn. Height 1m Spread 60cm. ashridgetrees.co.uk ‘GOLDEN SHOWERS’ £7.99/bareroot plant With large golden-yellow blooms that fade to creamy-white with age, this climbing rose flowers until the first frosts. It’s ideal for covering a sunny wall. Height 3m Spread 2m. thompson-morgan.com ‘SUPER FAIRY’ £12.60/bareroot plant A gently rambling rose, it bears clusters of perfect fairy pink flowers. Tolerant of shade and poorer soils, let it work its magic in a tricky corner. Height 2.4m Spread 1.2cm. cantsroses.co.uk PREPARE TO FALL IN LOVE TOAD LILY £6.95/9cm pot Quite the contrary to its name, this is certainly no toad! The beautiful, small, lily-like flowers of this Tricyrtis formosana are kissed…

1 min.
tickled pink

With many fabulous plants saving their best until autumn, it’s easy to create this modern yet quirky container using an old colander and, unusually for autumn, gorgeous soft pinks, whites and purples. It’s a great talking point when soaking up those last warm rays of sunshine with friends. What are the plants? The delicate, pink, starry chrysanthemums contrast in texture, yet blend effortlessly with the pale pink gaultheria ‘Pearls’. Nestled with cheery violets, it’s a perfect recipe for an irresistibly pretty container. Where do they thrive? To make the most of your colander, hang it in a sunny spot where you can see it from your house. Well-drained compost that isn’t overwatered will help the plants thrive well into winter. HORNED VIOLET ‘WHITE JUMP UP’ £8.99/12 plants Flowering from autumn to spring, these lovely white blooms…

7 min.
embrace autumn

We’ve all used our gardens so much more this year but don’t let the dropping temperatures and darker evenings push you indoors. Fill your outside space with fire-bright shades, cosy materials and autumn textures that will boost your mood as the days get shorter. From the toastiest blankets to use outdoors to the most vibrant no-fuss blooms to plant right now, simple projects to add seasonal style to the tastiest way to have hot-chocs on tap, here’s how to take your garden into autumn. #1 COSY UP YOUR SEATING SPACE Turn your patio into a comfy spot to snuggle up in and you’re sure to stay outside long after the sun goes down. A woodburning stove, firepit or firebowl is a must-have and there are lots of bargain buys to be had that…

6 min.
“our all-weather garden lets us spend so much more time outside!”

The gardens of new-build properties are often a blank canvas – usually just a big square of lawn with some paving outside the back door. And when Simon and Rachael Lovatt bought their home in Sandbach, Cheshire, off-plan, their south-facing plot was no exception. “The plot was larger than the norm for a new home and it came with the challenge of an unusual triangular shape,” recalls Simon. For the first year, the couple monitored how the space was affected by sun and shade, thinking about what they wanted in their dream garden. “We both like modern garden design,” says Simon. “We like to entertain and be outside, so we wanted different areas and options – sun, shade and cover – for dining and get-togethers, so we could get maximum…