BBC Gardeners' World September 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

Gardens of Japan Discover Japan’s beautiful gardens, with 11 exclusive visits for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine readers. Experience fast-paced cities, incredible cuisine and outstanding natural beauty. For full details go to p74. Houseplant helper You’ll find loads of ideas for houseplant displays and aftercare on our website, including a new video, by deputy editor Kevin, of terrarium advice at 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. Pruning made easy Ever puzzled over what to prune and when? Come to our Autumn Reader Day at Savill Garden, near Windsor, on 11 October, where we’ll demystify it all. Find details of the full-day event on p99. New ways to contact…

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The first Latin plant name I ever learned was Monstera, in honour of the triffid-like Swiss cheese plant that was a towering fixture in our 1970s living room. I recall it spiralling ever upwards, with little help from any of us, and though it eventually went the way of all plants, its offspring survive to this day – proving the easy-going nature and resilience of these plants. So I’m thrilled that they’re back in our affections again and, like many of you, I am rediscovering the pleasure of living surrounded by greenery indoors as well as out. A huge part of the explosion of interest in houseplants is thanks to their visual appeal on social media. So we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite Instagrammers in this issue to show you…

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we love september for its rain-refreshed greenness

STAR OF THE MONTH Dahlia ‘City of Leiden’ This month is quite wanton. Lots of colour, lots of sprawling, generous sprinklings of lasciviousness and a bit of lushness. The dahlias are still going great guns except that they are even taller and more floriferous than they were last month. This is a great example: some varieties needs lots of canes and string to keep them upright, whereas this one magically combines very fancypants pink flowers with the stocky solidity of a prop forward. For your information; Leiden is a Dutch city that’s twinned with Oxford and is home to the Netherlands’ oldest university, which has produced 13 Nobel laureates. In warmer parts of the country dahlias will overwinter in the ground if well mulched. Further north they need to be dug up and…

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expert’s choice border sedums

The big news is that botanists at the RHS have been taking a close look at these hardy perennials for quite a few years and concluded that they’re just too different from the other plants named sedums for them all to be called the same thing. The next question was, what should they be called instead? And the answer is Hylotelephium – although it’s fair to say that some botanists disagree. So, at the moment, the scientific name we’ll use is Hylotelephium, but it’s ok to continue to call them by their common name – sedum. However, they are all short, rather succulent, sun-loving hardy perennials with noticeably fleshy, blue-grey foliage, often with a misty bloom to it and, in some of the best, deeply flushed in purple. The flat-topped flower clusters…

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the full monty

“We should do everything we can to find out where our plants come from” About 15 years ago, we bought a few ridiculously steep, bracken-infested, rain-lashed acres of Welsh hillside. It is good for very little except giving me endless delight. Ten years ago, I planted 1,000 ash trees with the intention of creating a permanent supply of firewood by coppicing them on a 20-year cycle. Most of these have now grown from 5ft saplings to over 20ft tall, with substantial trunks. Almost every one of that original batch is affected to some extent by Chalara, better known as ash die-back. While this is a potential blow to my own parochial plans, it has implications of major disaster for the magnificent mature ashes that dominate the landscape, by – like Dutch Elm…

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over the fence

Is having a lawn simply unsustainable in our changing climate and times? “Let’s go for diverse flowering lawns and drop the pristine emerald carpet” The perfect green lawn, manicured and taking pride of place, must surely be a thing of the past. Of course, we’ll always need areas of a green soft surface, but do we need anywhere near as much of it, and will it be a very different type of green in the future? One of the most striking things about the great browning off of the nation’s lawns in the heatwave of this summer was that the only things that remained green were rosettes of tap-rooted wildflowers (or weeds as most people call them!) among the bleached grass. There’s the clue – let’s go for diverse flowering lawns and…