The English Garden August 2019

Enjoy over 60 beautiful gardens a year with The English Garden. Every issue features country, city, cottage and coastal gardens, with advice on how to recreate them. Be inspired by articles written by the country's top garden designers and discover the best plant varieties for your garden, chosen by expert nurserymen and plantspeople.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
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Petra Hoyer Millar Petra is a writer based in Oxfordshire, who charts her progress on her blog: Oxonian Gardener. She is also an assistant county organiser for the NGS. Petra explores Aston Pottery’s garden on page 36. Annaïck Guitteny Annaïck travels the UK and Europe – especially her home country of France – to photograph gardens and plants, and she also works on personal projects. Her images of a garden in Batheaston feature on page 44. Emma Inglis Emma is a freelance garden writer with a passion for wildflowers and sculptural, spiky plants. She lives in Devon with her family and Merlo the Labrador, and visits The Minack Theatre’s garden on page 83. ON THE COVER Rudbeckia hirta ‘Marmalade’ and sedum lead the way in filling this border at Meadow Farm with rich late summer colour. Photographed…

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On holiday in Bavaria recently, I helped friends plant a new tree in their garden. The area where they live had previously been used for peat extraction, so needless to say, their garden soil was peaty and the spade cut into the earth effortlessly, like a teaspoon into a ramekin of airy chocolate mousse. Having only ever gardened on clay, I’d never seen anything quite like it! Still, even clay soil seems manageable when you see what the gardeners at Cornwall’s Minack Theatre (page 83) have to cope with on their rocky cliffside. Yet Niall and Jill Milligan have persuaded a plethora of plants to thrive in this inhospitable spot and now have a jumble of fleshy succulents, spiky agaves and other colourful coastal specimens. Meanwhile, in gardens with more conventional…

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billowing borders

Packwood House Feast your eyes on flamboyant summer borders at Packwood (above) in Warwickshire. The tapestry of flowers here is maintained by highly skilled gardeners in a mingled style, with single plants repeated in crammed beds. Tel: 01564782024; Arley Hall The double borders at Arley are the best-known feature of this eight-acre Cheshire garden. Created over the past 250 years by the same family, the borders are thought to be the first of their kind planted in England. Tel: 01565 777353; Coton Manor You can appreciate the borders at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire (below) from spring to autumn, but the stretches of colour-themed planting reach their peak in August. Tel: 01604 740219; Crathes Castle Stroll around eight individual sections in the Walled Garden at Aberdeenshire’s Crathes Castle, enjoying the kaleidoscopic colours of the themed summer borders as…

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old bladbean stud

Canterbury, Kent This garden was created from 2003-2011 over three acres of rough grassland. Today it consists of five interlinked gardens including a walled rose garden, a tranquil yellow and white garden, a square garden with blended pastel borders, a Victorian-style greenhouse, plus 300ft colour-themed double borders. Old Bladbean Stud is managed as an ornamental ecosystem with perennial species encouraged to set seed. With staking, irrigation, mulching and chemical use kept to an absolute minimum, each garden is bursting with seasonal interest. Old Bladbean Stud, Bladbean, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6NA. Opens for the National Garden Scheme on 4 and 18 August, 2-6pm. Homemade teas. Adult £6; children free.…

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blooms galore

The Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend 16–18 August, Nationwide Members of the Flowers from the Farm co-operative will open their gates over this long weekend so visitors can see farms in full bloom, meet growers and learn how to produce their own cut flowers. Over 100 independent flower farmers will offer talks, tours, picnics, workshops and pick-your-own days. Farms from across the UK are participating; visitors can plan a local visit by checking the website listings. Admission fees vary.…

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looking ahead: summer spectacles

Musical picnics at Borde Hill 28 July, 11 & 25 August and 1 September, West Sussex Enjoy live music, from folk to rock, with an afternoon picnic in Haywards Heath (right). Usual admission applies. Tel: 01444 450326; The HandleBards’ Shakespeare shows August, Nationwide This cycling theatre company travels to venues across the UK by bike to perform fast-paced, family-friendly Shakespeare. Adults: £16. Tel: 07985 271944; Chilli Fiesta at West Dean 9-11 August, West Sussex The UK’s largest chilli party returns to West Dean. This three-day festival includes Latin music, cookery demos and gardening talks. Adult tickets from £18. Tel: 01243 818279; Southport Flower Show 15-18 August, Southport This year’s show has a ‘garden party’ theme and highlights include talks from Christine Walkden, show gardens and a food festival. Tickets from £20. Tel: 01704 547147; Proms Spectacular & ABBA…