BBC Gardeners' World July 2018

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

Island paradise If you’re inspired by our pick of coastal gardens, don’t miss our reader trip of a lifetime, exploring the balmy Scilly Isles in style, this October. See p43. Hoses video guide Watering is a summer essential, so don’t miss our Best Buys, on p84. And for a full picture, watch our video guide to choosing hoses at Small space special Make the most of your outdoor space, however small, with our new, 132-page special edition. It’s packed with creative ideas and space-saving solutions. Find it at Waitrose, Tesco and WHSmith for £6.99. Day out with Adam Meet presenter Adam Frost in our exclusive autumn gardening day at Bowood, complete with his essential bulb masterclass and a tour of the incredible house and gardens. See p67. New ways to contact us We’ve updated our phone lines so…

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When we think back to our earliest gardening memories, I’d bet that most of you recall as much about the mood of the moment as the task in hand? And after hearing Monty share his experiences with a group of readers on our recent trip to Ireland, it was clear that how we’re introduced to gardening can live with us for ever. Monty was set to work in the garden at a young age by his mother, so gardening was a task to be endured – until a ‘road to Damascus’ moment in his teens. He found the connection and gardening just felt right. My introduction was less extreme! Bathed in the carefree days of summer, grandparental indulgence and the ripe tang of tomato vines, I was hooked by the wonder…

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we love july for warm days and hot hues

STAR OF THE MONTH Veronica longifolia ‘Marietta’ Borders, unlike most relationships, need a bit of spikiness to keep them exciting: all that soft, round foliage and those blissful, bowl-shaped roses need contrast. Something like this magnificent veronica, which not only introduces a bit of verticality (design language for spikes) to your garden but has the added advantage of being one of the bluest blues you could possibly imagine. If you look behind it you will see a little blur of orange that I suspect is helenium – any border with blue and orange together will always give a little zip and zing to your garden. If you have a windy garden veronica might need a bit of subtle staking: try and use small branches rather than canes and string. Mulch in spring. Height…

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expert’s choice perennial salvias

There are, at the latest count, almost a thousand species of salvia. These include culinary sages, annual flowers for drying, tuberous patio plants, flamboyant summer bedding, twiggy shrubs and more – that’s a lot of salvias. And they all have different requirements. But the most reliable and perhaps most intensely colourful of the salvias are the herbaceous perennials. Steady clump-formers, they have vertical stems that are packed with two-lipped flowers for many weeks, or even months, and add a welcome concentration of colour while retaining an elegant look. Rich and deep hues predominate, especially violet and deep blue – some pastel shades have been developed, but relatively few of them make effective garden plants. Some perennial salvias are derived from our native meadow sage, while others have been bred from more exotic…

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the full monty

“We need to become water-wise... a wisdom that we should acquire now” As I settle at my keyboard to write this, Longmeadow is being steadily lashed with rain. So far, summer here is being typically British. But a few months ago I paid a visit to Cape Town, which had been suffering severe drought and its water had almost run out. Tankers of drinking water were being brought in from the Far East and it looked as though we could have the first situation in modern history of a city with absolutely no water of its own. If the drought continued, it looked like Cape Town would have to create a new supply, or up sticks and move to find water elsewhere. Either way, it would mean catastrophic change, heavy investment and…

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have your say the view from your side of the fence

In search of garden buddies I’ve battled with my mental health all my life. I have good days and bad months. There have been times when I was unable to leave the house for days, weeks and in one case 18 months. Two years ago I moved into a house in quiet, rural Scotland – it has a decent-sized garden and I started to make plans. But my illness began to take over. I tried to source some help but was unsuccessful. Gardeners were too expensive or wouldn’t travel to me, and local health support groups tried but couldn’t assist. So I’ve been thinking about a scheme whereby people like me could become ‘garden buddies’ in a group working on each other’s gardens. But I’m unable to cope with organising this all…