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Gardens Illustrated Magazine December 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

Jupiter Artland is Scotland’s foremost contemporary sculpture park. Nestled within its 22 acres, through a heavy wooden gate, is its most recent installation. A collaboration between the artist Joana Vasconcelos and gardener Thomas Unterdorfer, Gateway is a whimsical pool garden created in the shape of a splash where the space is part of the art. Graphic topiary in beech, box, laurel and yew work in contrast to the dynamism of the pool and look mesmerising in winter’s frost. With crisp winter walks in mind, gardener Hannah Gardner considers the subtle beauty of lichens. Lichens thrive on rock, wood and tree bark, and are most visible when trees are not in leaf. In a practical spotters’ guide, Hannah identifies those most commonly found. On page 21 we highlight the best Christmas presents for…

2 min

Thomas Unterdorfer Thomas reveals the art of creating a pool garden, page 62. “The garden became part of Gateway, and the story of a drop of water falling from the heavens.” Hannah Gardner Hannah offers a guide to spotting lichens on winter walks, page 86. “As we enjoy the skeletal beauty of wintery days it’s worth tuning in to the miniature wonderland of lichens.” Patrick Morgan Patrick illustrates our houseplant column, page 114. “Plants within the environment have always been at the forefront of art, from David Hockney to Ellsworth Kelly.” CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 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, he was awarded Best in…

1 min
funding stream

The RHS is now a huge step closer towards meeting its funding target for RHS Garden Bridgewater thanks to a generous individual donation. The £1.8 million gift from retired Hong Kong businessman Dr Lee Kai Hung DL will go towards the development of the garden, in particular Bridgewater’s Chinese Streamside Garden, which has been designed in a horticultural knowledge exchange with experts from the China Flower Association and which will celebrate the many contributions to British horticulture from native Chinese plants such as Acer davidii. The 154-acre garden in Salford, which is due to open in May 2021, also includes an 11-acre walled garden (left) that features a Paradise Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, and a Kitchen Garden by Harris Bugg Studio. rhs.org.uk/gardens/bridgewater…

4 min

Bright ideas Winter may feel like the end of the growing season, but for those with a greenhouse, the opportunities are just beginning. Many cut flowers can be grown under glass over winter. Freesias, for example, flower naturally in late winter and thrive in a cool greenhouse. Or you could try the stalwart of many a wedding bouquet Eustoma. Also known as lisianthus or prairie gentians, these gorgeous flowers from the warm climes of Central America offer a broad and subtle colour palette and have a long vase life. With a frost-free greenhouse you can sow from November to March in a heated propagator then pot on ready for summer. If you already have a greenhouse now could be time to move out the tomato plant pots and make way for…

1 min
gifts for gardeners

6 min
december plants

PSEUDOWINTERA COLORATA An uncommon, slow-growing and usually compact, small, evergreen shrub that ought to delight flower arrangers more for its unusual colour combinations. There are several forms of this plant in the trade, varying mainly in the degree of purple speckling on the leaf. This one has a more jade-green base colour (turning more ochre with age or in full sun) with some speckling and a very narrow, purple, picotee edge. All forms though have the dark stems and the distinctive silver-grey undersides to each 5cm-long leaf. Height 1m. Origin New Zealand. Conditions Well-drained soil; full sun to part shade. Hardiness RHS H3, USDA 8a-10b† . Season of interest Year round. JUNIPERUS RECURVA ‘CASTLEWELLAN’ A very graceful conifer with soft blue-grey foliage. This is a small, quite slow-growing tree that has upright primary branches, secondary branches arching out…