BBC Gardeners' World

BBC Gardeners' World October 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

2-for-1 Gardens Entry Our discount scheme is the biggest in the UK but can we improve it? Tell us how and where you’ve visited, or if you’ve not used your card why, for a chance to win one of four £100 John Lewis vouchers: Trimmers on test If you’re investing in new hedge kit this year, find the best one for you with our new video guide at Plant it right Watch Carol Klein’s expert tips on planting bare-root shrubs. She reveals everything you need to know to get new additions off to a flying start. Go to Bulbs special issue Get even more inspiration for your bulb-planting with our new, 132-page edition, Complete Guide to Bulbs. Find it at newsagents and supermarkets this month, or buy at for just £7.99 incl. p&p. You decide! Have…

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Do pets and gardens mix? There used to be a feeling that they didn’t, beyond the cat prowling through or a rabbit run banished outside. But we use our ever-smaller gardens so differently now – with family life spilling outdoors at the slightest glimpse of sun – that there can be few or no limits. So, we set out to show how you can have a great-looking garden that’s also a fun and safe place for your pets. We’ve tips from Monty that reveal how he keeps Longmeadow looking camera-ready, despite the attentions of Nigel and Nell, who posed, on cover shoot day, like the old pros they are – with just a bit of bribery! It all starts on p66. After the summer of the century (so far), it’s now…

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we love october for bright sparks and first frosts

STAR OF THE MONTH Symphyotrichum laeve ‘Calliope’ Some plants flower in clumps, some in sprays, some in wisps, some in elegant flushes, others in dots, and some even in gushes and splats. This is – and I am pretty sure that you will agree – a cloud. A veritable stratocumulus of tiny lavender daisies. Asters (or Symphyotrichum as we must learn to call them) sit there patiently all summer trying very hard to blend into the background – sometimes it feels as if they will never get their act together but, like the US Cavalry, they appear at the last minute to give our gardens the final summer hurrah. Sun or partial shade. Susceptible to mildew, so keep plants healthy and well watered. Divide every third spring. Height x Spread 120cm x 30cm ONE…

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expert’s choice hebe

Things have been changing in the world of hebes. Traditionally, they’re known as prolific, late-flowering evergreen shrubs bringing us a fresh burst of colour when everything else is winding down. Now, though, the balance has shifted. A new breed of neat variegated plants with multicoloured foliage and less prominent flowers has come to the fore, while the flowering types have become less popular. But the truth is, both have their place. Flowering hebes add a wide range of colours to autumn borders, from purple to white, through lilacs, blues and pinks. The spikes can be long and impressive and in the best varieties open over a long season. Small-leaved variegated types tend to make neater little bushes whose green-and-purple, pink-and-cream or silvery foliage is pretty all year round but develops its…

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the full monty

“We cannot possibly untwine the garden from our marriage” I have always been of the opinion that women are fundamentally better gardeners than men, but I heard a different slant on that the other day. Talking to a friend, he said he felt men liked the bigger picture – layout and structure – while women preferred detail. “But of course, I’m not allowed to say that,” he said ruefully. Whatever your view of his statement, it was made by a thoughtful, balanced person. Do men and women have different approaches and views of a garden? If so, are those views based upon gender, upbringing or cultural expectations? Certainly, any position on this will be a broad generalisation, with endless examples to contradict it. But as I’ve spent the past 40 years gardening…

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over the fence is vegan gardening a fad or the future?

“There are three compelling reasons to grow veganically” I‘m convinced that vegan gardening is the next big thing. But if veganism is a fad, vegan gardening could be too, and I don’t want it to be – it’s too vital to be just here today, gone tomorrow. There is plenty of evidence to give us three compelling reasons to grow veganically – that animal farming is bad for the planet, it’s bad for the animals themselves and that eating animals and their by-products can be bad for our health. Gardeners can grow to support a vegan diet and grow without harming animals. Many think they’re being wildlife-friendly when they aren’t. Indeed, there are few who don’t want to kill garden creatures in some form, such as slugs. Most gardeners think manure is…