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Gardens Illustrated : Pots of Style

Gardens Illustrated : Pots of Style

Pots of Style 2019

Pots of Style 2019 is brimming with ideas for creating beautiful container displays that celebrate the seasons. This new special issue explains how best to combine plants in pots of all shapes and sizes and for gardens of all styles, with easy-to-follow designs from some of the UK’s leading plants people. Each display comes with a plant list, suggestions for containers and steps on how to achieve the look – with ideas for early spring, spring, early summer, summer and autumn into winter. You’ll also find suggestions for some of the most stylish containers, the best planting kit and practical advice on how best to grow plants in pots.

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This special edition of Gardens Illustrated is full of inspiring ideas for beautiful containers that celebrate the seasons. From spring’s delicate early risers to the intense hues of late summer, it includes plants and planting combinations for gardens of every size and style. The containers have all been created by expert head gardeners and plantspeople, including Troy Scott Smith, Hannah Gardner and Matthew Reese, and each idea includes plenty of practical growing tips. From table-top collections of alpines to meadow-inspired troughs, a good combination relies on a good host. With this in mind, also included is a useful guide to the most stylish containers available, as well as advice on the best new planting kit. I hope you enjoy this Gardens Illustrated special issue,…

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MATTHEW REESE Matthew has worked at Ness Botanic Gardens, RHS Wisley, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Great Dixter, where he became assistant head gardener. He is now head gardener at Malverleys in Hampshire, where for the past seven years he has been designing and building a notable new English flower garden. malverleys.co.uk JACKY MILLS Zoology graduate Jacky used to work with animals, but is now a freelance gardener with a wealth of planting experience. She works with designers including Dan Pearson, Arne Maynard and Sarah Price, and her style is to blur the boundaries between garden and landscape, incorporating as many natural materials as possible. THOMAS UNTERDORFER Thomas trained as a gardener in Schoenbrunn, Vienna before taking the diploma at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He went on to work as head gardener in…

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a hit for the senses

In late winter, it’s therapeutic to indulge in a hit of colour and scent when our senses are at their most deprived. The brilliant purple spikes of Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Woodstock’, with their powerful fragrance, matched with the intensity of the purplish-pink flowers of Viola ‘Kim’, provide both. I’ve used a combination of plants so when these flowers fade, the rest becomes a study in form and texture. The overall effect, placed on a table so you can appreciate the scent, really brightens up a partially shady corner. How to achieve the look This sweet violet is just one of many cultivars available today. Its delicate, little flowers with darker buds are held beautifully above the rounded, spring-green leaves. These contrast with the pewter, veined leaves of Helleborus lividus ‘White Marble’. The creamy,…

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potted gems

With so many plants bursting into flower, I like to grow a range in pots and arrange them on a metal table in the yard to remind me of what I have and how beautiful the flowers are close up. It also reminds me of my training at Kew, where myriad alpines are grown in pots to perfection and displayed in the Alpine House. Sometimes I grow them in plastic pots and transfer them into terracotta ones for the display. How to achieve the look Prunus ‘Okamé’, a cross between P. incisa and P. campanulata, is the centre plant in this display and sets the colour with its carmine-pink flowers. Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ is easy to grow in pots, where you can appreciate its faint scent. I always grow a few Crocus…

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ringing in spring

Helleborus x sahinii ‘Winterbells’ inspired this design, based on reminders of winter and heralds of spring. It flowers for several months and performs as well in a shady border as it does in pots. It feels moody and dark, and with the winter colouring of the ivy, fits perfectly in this old cauldron. Anemones are the epitome of spring and the dainty blue form of Anemone blanda lifts the colour and texture of the scheme while keeping it deep and dusky. How to achieve the look The hellebore displays a beautiful spectrum of colours in its bell-shaped flowers as well as the stems and leaves. I love the way it contrasts with the blue of the anemones. The purple stems and veined leaves also go well with the darker markings of the…

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heaven scent

Being greeted by a cloud of fragrance when you open the front door is a great start to the day. The perfume emanating from this arrangement will welcome you for weeks and the flowers will last equally long. This pot captures some of my favourite scents of early spring, while the strong green of the Sarcococca confusa, the marbled leaves of cyclamen and the purple of the Bergenia cordifolia look great just outside the door. White, pink and purple flowers lift the arrangement and together create a strong planting scheme. How to achieve the look The dark leaves of Sarcococca confusa work well as a backdrop in floral arrangements. The scent of the flowers is an added bonus. Cyclamen provide an attractive contrast, with their exquisite flowers and grey-patterned leaves. You can…