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Gardens Illustrated Magazine March 2021

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

2 min
editor’s letter

In this early spring issue of Gardens Illustrated we ask five leading designers to choose their favourite plants to grow from seed. For most gardeners the pleasure of growing from seed is unbeatable. ‘Each time a speck of something that looks like dust turns earth into a haze of green the seed sower has conjured a tiny, private spring,’ writes contributor Mary Keen. Growing plants from seed offers experimentation on a limited budget, an opportunity to grow plants that are difficult to find and the chance to grow a favourite plant in number. Some plants, such as zinnias and poppies, are simply better when seed grown. Among others, Mary recommends, the specked-leafed chicory Cichorium intibus ‘Variegata di Castelfranco’, a winter salad to eat every day; designer Charlotte Harris chooses the large…

1 min

Alice Pattullo Alice illustrates Aaron Bertlesen’s kitchen gardening column, page 30. “I enjoy getting a sneak preview of Aaron’s column, as it lets me know what veg to look forward to in the coming months.” Alison Jenkins Alison begins a new container-planting series, page 44. “I loved the creative challenge of putting together this series and it was such a delight working with Eva on the photo shoots.” John Grimshaw Yorkshire Arboretum director John looks at the wealth of garden-worthy scillas, page 50. “This reminded me just how delightful scillas are, and makes me want to order a few thousand for the arboretum.”…

1 min
contributing contributing editors 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 Show in 2017. Fergus Garrett Fergus was appointed head gardener at Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd in 1993. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge through student programmes at Dixter and worldwide lectures. He was awarded an RHS Associate of Honour in 2008 and an RHS Victoria Medal of Honour in 2019. Anna Pavord Anna’s books include her bestseller The Tulip and most recently Landskipping. For 30 years she was The Independent’s gardening correspondent. In 2000 the RHS awarded her the Veitch Memorial Medal. She lives and gardens in…

2 min
contemporary irish gardens

TOUR HOSTS Jimi Blake is a renowned gardener and plantsperson, whose own garden expresses a dynamic approach to planting. This years he’s also our plant expert selecting his Plantperson’s Favourites each month. He will be accompanied on the tour by host Sophie Piebenga, whose knowledge and love of gardens stems from her training with Kew and the National Trust. Jimi Blake is the owner and enthusiastic gardener at Hunting Brook Gardens in Co Wicklow. The garden is renowned for its modern and inventive plantings, and Jimi’s plant choices always excite and delight. This is where you’ll start your tour and Jimi will talk you through his approach and seasonal highlights. The tour continues with Jimi taking you on to his sister June Blake’s small but painterly garden in Tinode, and then…

1 min
dig in

The show must go on The 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, originally scheduled for May this year, has been postponed to the autumn in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The show will now take place from 21 -26 September, still at its traditional venue of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. This is the first time the event has been postponed in its 108-year-old history. Taking inspiration from its historic Great Autumn Show and celebrating the best of autumn horticulture., visitors can expect seasonal highlights such as salvias, asters, dahlias and grasses, as well as spectacular autumnal gardens and displays. “I am excited by the opportunity to see what the designers do with another colour palette and the different groups of plants,” commented garden writer and broadcaster Matthew Biggs. “It will also…

3 min

Scrubs up well If you feel like sowing something a little different this month, why not try Suttons’ Luffa Seeds? The Luffa aegyptiaca is a fruit similar to the climbing courgette, but when left to mature on the vine, it turns into a luffa sponge, more commonly named a loofah. You can create your own eco-friendly pan scourer or bath luffa by allowing the fruit to turn dark yellow or brown, then submerging it in a bucket of water until the skin can be easily peeled away from the sponge-like texture inside. Give the sponge a few washes to remove any seeds or sap, and then it is ready to get scrubbing. The luffa fruit is also edible when young and tender (up to 15cm) and can be cooked and eaten…