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Modern Gardens Magazine

Modern Gardens Magazine

June 2021
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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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United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
celebrate outdoor living

I’ve just booked a week’s staycation break in my garden. It was so, so easy, I honestly don’t know why I’ve never done it before. There was no frantic online checking of flight prices, no mini-panic to locate my passport, no plucking up the nerve to ask neighbours if they’ll pet-sit. Instead of all that faffing about, I quietly plumped for a still-empty week in my diary and wrote ‘in the garden’ on the calendar – job done. Of course there will be barbecues and drinks with friends and maybe a little post-sunset dancing on the patio, but what I’m most looking forward to is simply having the time to sit in my garden, guilt-free, and enjoy it at its blooming best. I’ll have all the hours I need to…

5 min.
earthy pleasures

JOYFUL GEUMS How do geums manage to look so beautifully vintage and thoroughly modern at the same time? We think it’s because their contemporary bronze, green or purple stems are topped with Victorianesque ruffled petals in deepest amber, raspberry or mustard. Bind a few loosely together with twine for an enchanting place setting – try Geum ‘El Wano’ (£6.50/9cm pot, east-of-eden-nursery.co.uk). All about the curves Curves have become a strong interiors trend over the last few seasons so it was only a matter of time before they ventured outside. And the new garden furniture range from Next does it best. Echoing the beauty, flow and tranquillity of nature, this Helsinki 3 Piece Set (£350, next.co.uk) makes a perfect fit for an outdoor setting. CHIN, CHIN! A gin & tonic in the garden on a warm…

1 min.
subtle seaside

Ahoy there gorgeous new coastal look! Seaside style has done a cool and contemporary U-turn, swapping bold stripes and ice cream brights for Scandi-style blonde wood and textured weaves. A pale colour palette of soft greys and off-whites suggests a relaxed, grown-up beachside stay, accessories in on-trend rattan, concrete and macramé add shoreline textures, while subtle fish motifs ensure it’s all still unmistakeably ocean. Trend alert! BAREFOOT BENEFITS Plump for a rug in pale grey rather than white or cream which are more likely to show up dirt. Grey Trellis Indoor Outdoor Rug, £30 dunelm.com PUSH THE BOAT OUT This macramé deck chair makes a refreshing change from canvas and is extra soft and comfy! Acacia Macrame Deck Chair, £295 frenchconnection.com CLEAR WATER Transparent balloon vases, displayed alone or with stems, are inexpensive and work a treat…

1 min.
three plants to fill flowerbed gaps fast

AMMI MAJUS Sun-loving false bishop’s weed ‘Graceland’ has lacy clusters of tiny, white flowers floating above ferny foliage throughout summer. Height 1m Spread 50cm. sarahraven.com COSMOS ‘XSENIA’ These bright pink blooms have pale peach centres that become more pronounced as the flowers develop. Height 60cm Spread 45cm. thompson-morgan.com SWEET ROCKET Bees love these deliciously scented, pale lilac flowers too. Hesperis matronalis self-seeds freely for next year’s plants. Height 1m Spread 45cm. gardeningexpress.co.uk FEATURE: CLARE WALKER. PHOTOS: VISIONS, SHUTTERSTOCK, ALAMY…

1 min.
blooming lovely in may

3 PRETTY peonies PEONY ‘SORBET’ £25/5.5L pot If you’ve only room for one peony, make it ‘Sorbet’ as its large, soft-pink flowers with creamy ruffled layers bring unrivalled beauty to a summer border. The blooms smell divine and last for ages in a vase. Height and Spread 1m. primrosehallpeonies.co.uk PEONY ‘SHIRLEY TEMPLE’ £19.99/3L pot Later flowering than many peonies, this variety has large, pale pink, double flowers full of romantic ruffled petals that gently fade to white. Trim off old stems to the ground in autumn. Height 85cm and Spread 85cm. primrose.co.uk PEONY ‘VICTOIRE DE LA MARNE’ £14.99/3L pot If you love colour, then dive into the tones of these deep maroon flowers. This peony thrives in any fertile, moist, well-drained soil with some shade, and it is wonderfully scented. Height 90cm and Spread 50cm. coolings.co.uk PUT…

1 min.
holiday happiness

Capture the feeling of an afternoon lazing in the Mediterranean sun with this cheerful basket packed with bright blooms and heady scents. It’s brimming with knockout summer colour and is perfect for a sunny patio, where it’ll attract the gentle hum of bees on the hunt for sweet nectar. Flowering all summer long, it’ll conjure up memories of past holidays as you soak up the sunshine with a glass of something cool. What are the plants? Extravagant pelargoniums and unashamedly blousy fuchsia vie for attention. Treat them to some potassium-rich fertiliser such as Tomorite (£4, wilko.com) every couple of weeks and snip off fading flowers to keep them blooming for longer. Where do they thrive? Think Mediterranean and you won’t go far wrong. Plant in multipurpose compost and position in a sunny…