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BBC Gardeners' World

BBC Gardeners' World October 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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discover more from gardeners’ world magazine

Our award-winning app Keep up to date while on the move with our digital edition, made for iPhone and iPad. Get extra content plus videos from Monty and the team, and access to our subscriber-only, online Secret Garden. Pay from £3.49 an issue in iTunes or go to bit.ly/GW-digital Have your say Share your views in a BBC survey of this magazine and you could win a £250 Amazon voucher – see p19. And join our Insiders panel for monthly prize surveys, at immediateinsiders.com Easy ways to mow If you love grass but hate the maintenance, explore our extensive test of robotic mowers in this issue – and watch video guides and extended reviews at gardeners world.com/reviews Your best-ever year! Never miss a sowing or planting date again, with our 132-page guide to your gardening year. On…

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Can there be a gardener out there who doesn’t have the nosy gene? I see it as a healthy curiosity, borne not of envy but wonder at how fellow gardeners achieve such variety using just the same tools and techniques. It’s what makes gardening so addictive and universal – no barriers to entry, no limits to creativity and no taste but your own to please. So, when Alan offered us an exclusive peek over his garden wall, not just once, but for a whole year, we couldn’t resist! This private garden, forged away from the unblinking lens of the cameras, has been his pleasure and refuge for 17 years. It’s also been a melting pot for his ideas, formed over decades of working among plants and nature, creating not only a…

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we love october for celebrating fading glamour

STAR OF THE MONTH Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ Look at that fabulous burst of bubble-gum pink in borders where the colour is beginning to dwindle: grasses look great but at this time of year they need a bit of extra fizz. Not that long ago Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ was called sedum: simple but not exactly exotic, and I think that a plant as spankingly spectacular and useful as this one deserves special treatment. Mind you, Hylotelephium is a bit of a mouthful and I would have been much happier if its new name was, for example, Zuleika or Esperanza – glamorous and easy to remember. Botanists sometimes like to complicate life for the average gardener. Can flop under the weight of its flowers. To discourage this, cut back every other stem to the ground at the…

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expert’s choice nerines

Many of our gardens have a strip of soil at the base of a sunny wall where most plants fail to thrive. We improve the soil with organic matter, and I’ve even seen seep hose watering installed. But wait – why not plant something that actually enjoys those hot and dry conditions? Step forward nerines. Nerines are bulbs from South Africa that flower about now. The stems are topped by clusters of up to a couple of dozen wavy-edged, lily-like flowers opening in succession. These are followed by long, slender leaves that sail through winter undamaged. Pink is the predominant colour, and there’s no getting away from the fact that the colour range is limited. But they cover just about every shade of pink and there are some beautiful pure white varieties,…

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the full monty

“Gardeners are the minority almost everywhere other than Britain” I am two-thirds of the way through making a new series about American gardens. It is fascinating, exhausting and delightfully surprising. Having done a lot of research ahead, I set out to find the evidence that fitted my pre-formed theories – but within a day or two the facts on the ground challenged every preconception. I think of it like a jigsaw where I am gathering individual pieces in the hope that, at some point, all the pieces of the puzzle will fit together to make a coherent picture. But America is complex. The picture has many components, some of which, so far at least, hardly seem to fit together at all. I still have a long trip to make to the West…

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wild about wildlife

I felt very sad when I read Allen Clamp’s comments about wildlife gardens (Have your say, September issue). The key, as with most things, is to compromise or strike a balance. I love our garden – not because it’s perfect with everything in the right place, but because it’s a relaxing space shared between us and the visiting wildlife. If you don’t want caterpillars in your garden, you can’t expect to have butterflies. If you get rid of all the snails and slugs, you won’t have song thrushes visiting it. You can’t have it both ways. Michelle Martin, North Yorkshire I agree wholeheartedly with Allen Clamp on the current obsession of many gardening experts with wildlife gardening. A garden does not have to be a weed patch in order to attract wildlife. I am…