BBC Gardeners' World November 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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UK and European gardens cruise Due to exceptional demand we’re offering readers another opportunity to explore the stunning coastal scenery of Britain, as well as glorious gardens in Ireland, the Isles of Scilly and France. See page 78 for more details. Plastics debate Monty explains his crusade against plastics in our exclusive video at Cut your own plastics use with help from the BBC at Bulbs bonanza We’re at peak bulb planting, so to make the most of them, get a copy of our new, 132-page Complete Guide to Bulbs. We’ll send it to you for just £7.99 incl. p&p, by ordering at Plant tips on demand We’ve expanded the Plant Finder tool on our website to give you more details – from pruning times to plant partners – to help your planning and…

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Stand by to travel the world in this issue, as we celebrate the creativity of our readers in the 2018 Gardens of the Year Competition. From the heat of Jamaica, and lushness of the tropics, to a colour-soaked, Marrakech-style courtyard, you’ll find amazing spaces, created with determination, perfectionism and a whole lot of love! We enjoyed reading the hundreds of entries, telling us how your gardens were made – for pleasure, sharing, healing… With huge difficulty, we whittled it down to just 11 finalists to put before our panel of judges: Alan Titchmarsh, Diarmuid Gavin and Kate Gould. Years of showing, watching and judging at Chelsea Flower Show have honed their instincts for a great garden – and, despite heated debate, they emerged unanimous in choosing our overall winner. Will you agree…

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we love november for autumn’s bonfire glow

STAR OF THE MONTH Euonymus alatus One wet and rainy autumn a few years ago I went to give a talk in Vancouver, Canada. As I arrived at the venue the sun suddenly broke through and I realised that I was surrounded by a glorious crowd of Euonymus alatus. Flocks of fire bushes dressed up in their autumnal finest – the colour is of a deeply bashful blush, apples fit for princesses and freshly kissed lips. I continued up the steps with a spring in my step and joy in my heart. Since then I have planted lots of them in the hope that someone else will be equally enchanted. Needs some sunshine for the best colour. Fruits are a remarkable pink with orange seeds. Prune in late winter or early spring. Height…

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expert's choice pennisetum

We all get confused about grasses. We know the difference between a dahlia and a chrysanthemum but sorting out the different grasses is much more of a challenge. One group that’s easier to identify than most is the fountain grasses, Pennisetum, attractive perennial grasses from warmer parts of the world with their peak season of interest in late summer and autumn. What sets them apart from other grasses is the mass of bristly bottlebrush spikes, fountains of them, upright or arching, held above slender, graceful foliage emerging from tough, tight, slowly spreading crowns. The flowers may be creamy or various tan and biscuit shades, some with pink or red overtones, with many retaining their looks right through the autumn into winter and even into spring. The long, narrow foliage is attractive without…

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the full monty

I love leaves on trees but I also like them on the ground. Which is just as well, because they are now falling like fat confetti as the wind whips across Longmeadow, ruffling and flicking the branches like a shaken rug. But by Christmas every last fallen leaf will have been gathered, mown and stored in our leafmould bay, which will be gently steaming and converting as a million fungi put their digestive systems to work. (Do fungi have digestive systems? Probably not, but you get the gist.) By next autumn, this will all be soft, black leafmould, clean to handle and smelling sweetly of a sunny woodland floor. It will radiate an aura of health and goodness that matches its performance in the garden. We use leafmould as an essential…

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have your say

Pet friendly – or not? I enjoyed your ‘Pets Special’ issue last month (October), and was interested to hear that pets seem to enjoy using paths in gardens. Having just added some paths to my own, I was delighted to find that my toddler also enjoys using them to guide her through the garden, thank you! Ashley Jones, Scottish Borders Am I the only one getting fed up of seeing Monty’s dogs inside or on the front cover of Gardeners’ World Magazine? I have no problem with dogs or cats, but in context. I buy the magazine for gardening information and ask that the editors take this into consideration when compiling it. Paul Gibbins, by email As a keeper of several tortoises, I really appreciated your suggestion (Pet-friendly gardens, October issue) to “cultivate a patch…