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The English Garden

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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United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
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.…

2 min
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 lullingstonecastle.co.uk 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,…

1 min

Eastern Eats A selection of the best indoor and outdoor kit for delicious, Asian-inspired crops and meals Child’s Play Let little ones make the most of the great outdoors this summer, with special treats just for them…

1 min
perennial beauty

PERSICARIA ‘FIREDANCE’ Clump-forming perennial with carmine-coloured batons produced until early autumn. SALVIA ‘MAINACHT’ Similar to S. ‘Caradonna’ with reliable, indigo-coloured flowers in midsummer. Grow it in sun or dappled shade. VERBENA BONARIENSIS Tall, branched stems offer flowers until autumn. Needs shelter and sun. ASTER X FRIKARTII ‘MÖNCH’ Stalwart of the late-summer and autumn garden. This perennial grows to 90cm tall. ECHINACEA PURPUREA Popular in New Perennial planting schemes and beloved by pollinators. KNAUTIA MACEDONIACA Crimson flowers appear from July to September on this pollinator-friendly perennial.…

1 min
beautiful bells

Because we grow lots of different campanulas they generally don’t come true from seed, but we still collect the seeds and sow them because you can get some interesting and unusual variations. Every couple of years lift and divide mature plants in spring to invigorate them. I cut the border types back hard in late summer and when they start to reshoot in autumn I’ll take softwood cuttings of the fresh growth. After the first flush of flowers, cut the stems back to just above the ground to encourage another display. Taller campanulas will need staking, since their flower spires can easily be damaged by wind and heavy rain. Most campanulas need neutral to alkaline soil to grow well. If you have heavy soil, dig in plenty of grit to help improve the drainage. Slugs and snails…

6 min
secrets of success

Some of the best gardens are those that appear to sit comfortably in their surroundings without dominating them, seeming as if they have always been there. And where the scale and proportion of the planting also looks effortless and natural, then it can be considered a true success – although that may take years to achieve. But at Mulberry House, success has come already. Its owners, Tina and Adrian Barber, arrived in 2006 with a van full of plants and the vision to create a tranquil haven at the heart of a village close to a bend in the River Wye in South Herefordshire. Their previous garden had taken nine years to develop and they left it with a certain amount of sadness, but the thought of creating a new garden…