BBC Gardeners' World February 2020

Gardeners' World Magazine is the authoritative voice in gardening, the clear market-leader since it launched in 1991. The award-winning editorial includes topical, practical advice in the readers' favourite 'what to do now' section, and regular contributions and features from the top names in BBC gardening. Packed with fresh ideas and clear advice - the innovative approach offers creative, practical and problem-solving solutions to all keen gardeners.

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discover more from gardeners’ world magazine

Our award-winning app Keep up to date while you’re on the move with our digital edition, made for iPhone and iPad. Get extra content plus videos from Monty and the team, plus access to our subscriber-only, online Secret Garden. Pay from £4.99 an issue in the App Store. See: Highgrove events Explore the private garden of HRH The Prince of Wales, and be entertained by talks from top gardeners, in the Talking Gardens festival this April. Go to highgrovegardens. com/talkinggardens New Year, new skills Boost your gardening skills through our Masterclasses in March. Choose from seed sowing or pruning, at Savill Gardens, Windsor. Places cost £75: book at gardeners Caribbean dream The gardens of the Caribbean should be on every gardener’s bucket list – so turn dream into reality with our bespoke, 14-night cruise in…

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Has there ever been a better time to be a gardener? We have more plant choices than ever, more gardens open for inspiration, more opportunities to swap ideas online and social media… and more knowledge than ever before of how vital it is that we garden. Vital to all of us – not just for our wellbeing but for our environment. The more we learn about the climate emergency, the clearer it is that tackling the biggest problems starts with the smallest actions – affirmed by David Attenborough, no less, when he called on us all to garden more for the sake of the planet (see Clippings). To highlight this, our key theme this month is gardening for wildlife. Everything we do in our gardens can either harm or benefit the…

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we love for tantalising glimmers of spring

STAR OF THE MONTH Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’ I love all the plants we have on these pages, but it is particularly satisfying when we choose one that I have in my garden. It is quite a new plot and, as a result, I have been doing a lot of plant shopping and moving things around. I am sure that designers should be more methodical and organised, but in my own garden I keep changing my mind. However, one of the unchanged shrubs is this beautiful witch hazel. Scent, zippy colour and great leaves (especially in the autumn) have earned it a permanent place in my sunny border. Easy to grow, as long as it is not too exposed. Propagation is by grafting, so not suitable for beginners. Scented. Height x Spread 4m…

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expert’s choice primroses

The primrose is the iconic spring wildflower that grows across Britain and Ireland – everyone knows and loves it. Hedgerows, woodland, north-facing banks – the primrose thrives anywhere that’s shady and moist. It’s by far the most widespread of our five native primula species and, along with the cowslip, is a parent of the garden polyanthus. The cowslip’s preference for more light and better-drained soils brings an adaptability to the polyanthus and its many cultivated relations, which now come in vast variety – some garish and brash, some subtle and sophisticated, some tough and long-lasting, and some more fleeting. They extend from the gold and silver-laced types, with the bright, wiry edging of their petals – long grown as show plants in the same way as auriculas – to the latest…

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the full monty

In the centre of downtown Seattle are three huge domes resembling overlapping dark bubbles. Light emanates from them and they reflect the skyscrapers looming on all four sides. These are the Spheres that have been built by Amazon for its employees – of whom there are over 53,000 based in Seattle. The idea is that the interior of these domes provides precious and all-too-rare contact with nature, and thus enhances the quality of employees’ lives and, therefore, the quality of their work. Everybody wins. The interior is a cross between a palm house and the vast atrium of a particularly well-heeled bank. Steel hoops, triangles and girders (I am informed that in fact they are pentagonal hexecontahedrons, so there) support the glass dome and have a structural swagger that 19th-century architect…

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have your say the view from your side of the fence

Sowing the seeds of contentment I have looked forward to the start of the vegetable sowing season since I was given a packet of chilli seeds 20 years ago. Those seeds grew into healthy plants, bearing tasty fruit, on the windowsill of my council flat. Not only do I agree with Monty and the other writers that home-grown food tastes great and is good for your physical health (Grow Yourself Healthy, Jan issue), but also, at what can seem like a gloomy time of year, I find that watching the first seedlings emerge is wonderful for improving my mental health. It gives me a sense of achievement, as well as something to look forward to and a feeling of hopefulness. I look forward to using the advice to grow a wide…