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Gardens Illustrated Magazine May 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

1 min
editor’s letter

The garden is at that wonderful balance point: the first flush of spring is past; the intensity of summer is yet to come. The garden in May has a determination and energy all of its own. Vibrant, green foliage and blousy flowers have a fresh, restorative appeal. Bearded irises are one of the true stars in May, and on page 74, designer Dan Pearson reveals his passion for those bred by artist gardener Cedric Morris back in the mid-20th century. Growing as many as 1,000 seedlings a year, Morris selected those that he was drawn to for their ‘elegance, pride and delicacy’. It has become the life’s work of former Sissinghurst head gardener Sarah Cook to find and re-establish a collection of Benton Iris (named after Morris’s home Benton End in…

1 min

Eva Nemeth Eva photographs Alison Jenkins’ container planting ideas, page 48. “Alison’s eye for detail, her choice of plants and containers always impresses me. I’m sure readers will be equally inspired.” Marina Christopher Marina recommends the best umbellifers, page 54. “Essential for insect biodiversity, the Apiaceae family includes many favourite root vegetables and herbs.” Rebecca Bernstein Rebecca photographs a beautiful Oxfordshire garden, page 84. “Castle End was a delight to photograph. The walled garden, full of umbellifers, had a touch of fairy-tale magic.”…

1 min
contributing 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 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 an expert 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 the garden’s seasonal highlights and his approach to plant combinations. The tour continues with Jimi taking you on to his sister June Blake’s small but painterly…

1 min
dig in

Crowning glory You may feel you need little excuse to spend time in your garden, but if like many gardeners you can sometimes get so caught up in the joy of creating a garden you don’t always take the time to sit back and enjoy your creation, then Garden Day on 9 May is your excuse to do exactly that. For three years now, the organisers of this spring event have been encouraging everyone to put down their tools, don a flower crown and spend a relaxing Sunday with family and friends in their garden – an idea that this year seems especially welcome. “Now more than ever, we’ve all seen how gardens can make a powerful difference to our wellbeing. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’ve got window boxes,…

4 min

Pamper your plants Just as more of us are now choosing to share our homes with an increasingly exotic array of houseplants, a new range of care products from Plantsmith has arrived to make it easy to keep them happy and healthy. Offering five specialist formulations, including Fortifying Houseplant Food & Tonic, Beautifying Leaf Shine Spray and Invigorating Orchid Care Mist, the care system will keep even the most demanding of houseplants looking their best. All are available from John Lewis and selected garden centres, with prices starting at £14.99. plantsmith.co.uk SUMMER BLOOMS Few flowers are quite as evocative of early summer as peonies, and if you’re looking to add some of their blousy beauty to your garden then it is worth heading to Primrose Hall Peonies. The Bedfordshire nursery has the largest…