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BBC Gardeners' World

BBC Gardeners' World July 2019

Gardeners' World Magazine is the authoritative voice in gardening, the clear market-leader since it launched in 1991. The award-winning editorial includes topical, practical advice in the readers' favourite 'what to do now' section, and regular contributions and features from the top names in BBC gardening. Packed with fresh ideas and clear advice - the innovative approach offers creative, practical and problem-solving solutions to all keen gardeners.

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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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12 Issues

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1 min
discover more

Read us on the go Keep up to date while on the move with our digital edition, made for iPhone and iPad. You’ll find extra content plus videos from Monty and the team, and access to the subscriber-only Secret Garden area of our website. From £3.49 per issue. See bit.ly/GW-digital Growing for health Discover more ways to garden with your health in mind, through our extra online projects and ideas that link to our feature on p53. Go to gardenersworld.com/gyh GW plants for pots Meet our July collection of container plants, chosen by the magazine editors for readers who love pots with impact. Find out more about our exclusive range by turning to p69. Lose yourself in roses Love to grow a rose but unsure what to plant? Puzzled over why your roses aren’t flowering? We have…

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The giddy escapism of holidays ripples through July – regardless of how many years it’s been since you last heard that school bell chime for summer! It’s rooted in us, and with it, comes the irresistible urge to escape outside, into a green space for eating, entertaining, relaxing, and living outdoors – like the best holidays when we were kids. Outdoor living can seem just a dream to so many, tied to long hours in work or juggling family life. But when we planned this issue back in the depths of last winter, we knew the good mood that a summer garden can put you in, when it’s the only place you want to be. So we set out to make outdoor living an easy reality for everyone, and to show that,…

4 min
we love july for bold borders and swelling veg

STAR OF THE MONTH Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’ Help, help...the reds are coming! Not since the last tulips fell beneath the onslaught of May weather have we been blessed with such glorious reds. June is a bit pastelly, but the next couple of months will be lit up with a bonfire of flaming colours. This is a glorious example, with claret coloured foliage topped by flowers as scarlet as a regimental sergeant major in full sail. It is one of the many plants named after Queen Victoria – there are even more than are named after Alan Titchmarsh (which is saying quite a lot). One for a hot, flashy border. Best in damp soil – edge of a pond or stream works well. Sun or part shade. Propagate from seed when ripe. Height…

2 min
expert's choice english lavender

Though it originally hails from more southerly parts of Europe, lavender has been cultivated in England since the 1500s. Surrey, Hertfordshire, and even Yorkshire, became important centres for its cultivation, with it becoming used as flavouring and perfume, and even antiseptic. Such was the quality of English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) that it commanded a large premium over lavender from other sources – it’s believed to produce the best oil. Between the two world wars, urban development and disease took its toll on the lavender fields, but recent decades have seen a revival, with lavender farms now flourishing in many parts of the country. Easy to grow, lavender thrives in sunny sites and free-draining soil, but annual pruning is essential to prevent the plants becoming straggly. Prune hard every spring, or in August,…

4 min
the full monty

I am often asked – usually before the start of the flower shows in spring – what are the ‘trends’ or new fashions in gardening. As if I would know! (I don’t get out much). I can tell you a lot about Longmeadow and quite a lot about a number of gardens around the world but zilch about the horticultural fashions of the day. I do, however, go to the shows and inevitably start to see trends, or at least changes, but only with hindsight because they are measured by how they differ from what came before. Sometimes this can be dramatic. For example, somebody pointed out that at last year’s Chelsea there was a distinct dry, drought-tolerant theme, whereas this year we all noticed a tendency towards woodland, shade and…

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safety first

With regard to the question of flea treatments for pets (Clippings, May issue), our dog is given a monthly tablet to prevent fleas which we obtain from our veterinary practice. Therefore, there is no need for an external spot-on treatment. Elizabeth Kirk, Northumberland A recent edition of GW Magazine carried a feature about veterinary flea medicines and the potential for environmental risk. Before being approved by independent regulatory authorities, veterinary medicines undergo an Environmental Risk Assessment that establishes if the product poses any environmental safety risks. If a veterinary medicine is likely to have an unacceptable impact on the environment it will not be approved for use. The essential role these veterinary medicines play in maintaining animal health and welfare should be borne in mind. Donal Murphy, National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)…