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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine August 2020

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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1 min.
editor’s letter

In this issue of Gardens Illustrated we consider space. We have included the best small gardens that we have seen this year, each designed to optimise the available room in a small plot. From an urban sanctuary with a completely green palette designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg to a tranquil gravel garden, there is plenty to inspire. In East Sussex is the garden of a contemporary art collector that has been thoughtfully landscaped around its art. Trees including Liriodendron tulipifera and Salix alba have been chosen expressly to attract bees, and a meadow in the form of a wildf lower labyrinth offers opportunities to walk through without trampling the f lowers. It is a space in which to become immersed as much as to view. On page 52 Tom Coward,…

2 min.
contributors

RayCox Ray photographs the gardens of Balker Farmhouse in Scotland, page 44. “I had these on my ‘gardens to investigate’ list for a while but wasn’t expecting such striking planting.” Kendra Wilson Kendra visits a beautifully designed small London garden, page 60. “Harris Bugg’s approach to this urban front and back garden is a masterclass in the importance of quality in detail.” Tom Coward Tom shares the secrets of Gravetye’s borders, page 52. “Flower borders can be a challenge towards the end of summer, but with good planning this can be a climax of colour before autumn arrives.” James Basson James lives in the South of France where he runs Scape Design with his wife Helen, specialising in low-maintenance and dry gardens. He is a fervent advocate for creating sustainable landscapes. The winner of four Chelsea Gold medals,…

1 min.
matter of course

Online platform Learning With Experts has teamed up with leading designer Tom Stuart-Smith to offer an exciting new course on designing and creating your dream country garden. Over the course of four modules you will learn the main principles of garden design, get an insight into Tom’s own gardening philosophy, and learn how to achieve the right ‘mood’ for your garden as well as how to choose the best materials and features. The course has two learning options: the Expert option for £109 and the Peer option for £29. The former includes four weeks of tutor access, four assignments and a certificate of completion, all monitored, marked and personally approved for you by Tom. You can start the course now at learningwithexperts.com…

3 min.
news

Seasonal style Step out in French style with a pair of Le Chameau women’s wellies. The new Iris collection is inspired by nature and has a subtle palette, including these dusky blue (bleu clair) and cheerful pink (rose) shades. Handcrafted, the boots are lightweight but have a sturdy sole and more than 90 per cent of each boot is made from sustainable rubber. They’ve even received the royal seal of approval, with the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex both calling themselves fans. The boots cost £100, from lechameau.com Rosy forecast If you are thinking of planting a bare-root rose this autumn, you may want to consider the British Association of Rose Breeders’ newly crowned rose of 2021, Rosa Belle de Jour (= ‘Deljaupar’), a Floribunda rose from the French breeder Delbard. This sunny…

1 min.
kitted out

6 min.
august plants

FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA VAR. MYRTIFOLIA In the past I have sensed a reluctance among some gardeners to grow plants such as fuchsias, perhaps partly because they were once so commonly seen, even becoming naturalised in some Cornish hedgerows. To do so though is to miss out on some really reliable, late summer colour and, viewed without prejudice, quite simply, beautiful plants. Fuchsia magellanica, is the semi-wild species of the South West, but var. myrtifolia is neater, more compact and very floriferous, and appears to be just as winter hardy as any. Height 90cm-1.2m. Origin South America. Conditions Well-drained soil; full sun to part shade. Hardiness RHS H4, USDA 10a-11† . Season of interest All summer. HIBISCUS SINOSYRIACUS ‘AUTUMN SURPRISE’ Maybe I don’t get out as much as I used to, but are there fewer rose of Sharon or tree…