The English Garden August 2021

Enjoy over 60 beautiful gardens a year with The English Garden. Every issue features country, city, cottage and coastal gardens, with advice on how to recreate them. Be inspired by articles written by the country's top garden designers and discover the best plant varieties for your garden, chosen by expert nurserymen and plantspeople.

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This issue marks a milestone for me, because it’s the first we’ve completed since I moved into a new house. I had completely forgotten just how exciting it is when you take on a new garden, and my mind has been a blur of ideas these past few weeks: things I’d like to do and plants I’d like to grow. If anything, there are way too many ideas and there definitely needs to be a period of living with the garden as it is, mostly so I can calm down and refine all those swirling thoughts. It’s made me even more grateful for being able to work on this magazine, which has kept the ‘garden’ section of my brain so well stocked with inspiration and motivation over the years –…

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David Hurrion David grew up gardening and has been growing plants for more than 50 years. An RHS Plant Committee member and show judge, David also gardens in Dorset. He visits Mulberry House on page 58. Sian Williams Sian has written and styled for interiors and garden magazines for more than 22 years. Her passion for nature and gardens stems from her rural upbringing in Powys. She explores the Old-Lands estate on p109. Brent Darby Brent is a lifestyle and interiors photographer who was born and raised in New Zealand. He has always had a love of the outdoors and his work regularly features in magazines. See his photos of Old-Lands on page 109. IMAGE NEIL HEPWORTH; BRENT DARBY PHOTOGRAPHY…

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people to meet

Alasdair Mitchell A commercial diver turned plant pot entrepreneur, Alasdair has just won an RHS award for his pots made from recycled ocean plastic I have worked as a commercial diver for 13 years. My job shows me incredible things, but it has also exposed the amount of plastic waste in our oceans. One million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. I’ve spent years confronting the evidence of this first-hand. Last year I was asked to join the salvage operation of a ship that had hit a reef in the Outer Hebrides. Three months earlier, a whale had washed up on a nearby beach with 100kg of plastic in its belly. Meanwhile, this ship was carrying 1,937 tons of shredded plastic, and it had spilled out into the surrounding environment.…

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out & about

Plant Hunters Weekend 28-30 August, Kent The creation of modern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke, the World Garden at Lullingstone Castle contains rare and important plants from around the globe. Throughout this special weekend, the garden will also offer a unique glimpse into the past to celebrate some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters. Visitors will experience an authentic plant hunter’s expedition camp, featuring plant presses, porters, canvas tents and a roaring fire. Adults £10; Children under 16 go free. For more information, visit Eythrope Walled Garden Tour Every Wednesday until 13 October, Buckinghamshire Discover the four-acre walled garden, orchard and glasshouses at Eythrope, the private Rothschild garden near Waddesdon Manor. The garden produces vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut flowers on an impressive scale. Visits are by guided tour only, lasting approximately 90 minutes,…

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things to do

Mindful WATERING Changes in our climate, in particular the increasing summer drought, mean our gardens are becoming essential refuges for plants and animals, and the way in which we garden can have a dramatic effect on this rich biodiversity. The most valuable of natural resources is water, and understanding the needs of plants will help reduce water loss from them and from the soil. There is a wealth of plants that are able to put up with dry conditions, continuing to do their thing when others have long since withered and died. We are fortunate that the plant palette at Iford is mainly from those areas of the world with a Mediterranean climate, meaning that most of our plants are adapted to coping with drought. Yet watering is still crucial, particularly for the…

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august checklist

Extend summer’s colour with late-flowering perennials Without a doubt the late-season floral stars are the asters, and the brightest star in the firmament is Aster x frikartii ‘Mönch’ with its large, lavender-blue flowers that continue for months. Another plant I would not be without is Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’, its silky white petals surrounding golden stamens. I like it for threading through planting schemes without looking like you are trying too hard. Equally hard to resist are the sedums, or hylotelephium. On the Great Terrace at Iford I grow ‘Purple Emperor’; from fleshy purple leaves and stems emerge wide, flat heads made up of myriad tiny flowers that persist until felled in spring. Give yews their annual prune Harold Peto used various evergreens to form the living architecture of the garden, including…