The English Garden A Year in the English Garden 2020

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.

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Chelsea Magazine
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Gardening is inextricably linked to the seasons, with certain tasks carried out at the same times each year. Non-gardeners might think that makes for a dull and repetitive hobby, but gardeners understand that there’s something reassuring and comforting – especially during uncertain times – about knowing that snowdrops will always decorate our gardens in February, that we’ll sow flower and vegetable seeds in March and plant daffodil bulbs in October. So welcome to the fourth edition of our annual, A Year in the English Garden, in association with Bloms Bulbs, which aims to guide you through the gardening year. Admire a selection of each season’s most beautiful gardens and the best plants to ensure the garden is full of colour all year round, while keeping an eye on a handy…

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perfectly formed

In John and Margaret Noakes’ garden in Hertfordshire, a range of rare and wonderful snowdrops covers the ground with flowers as late winter turns into early spring. But the snowdrops are just the overture as a chorus of other early flowers soon joins the show – cyclamen, iris, winter aconites – followed by daffodils and fritillaries, before a selection of summer- and autumn-flowering bulbs. “This garden isn’t just for snowdrops,” John is keen to point out. Nevertheless, at this time of year, the couple’s collection of snowdrops can’t help but shine, as 60 or so different cultivars come into bloom. “It just happened,” says John, of their passion for these delicate plants. “We started with a few and became aware of the differences between them. I wouldn’t say I was a…

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plants of the month

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ This is the dogwood to grow for richly coloured ruby stems. It’s a winter garden stalwart that’s easy to grow and straightforward to prune, which is crucial for getting the brightest bark. Every spring, just before the buds burst into leaf, prune all the stems hard back to the base to encourage a new crop of fresh, young growth that will be all the brighter. Follow up with a scattering of general fertiliser and a layer of mulch and that’s all the care that’s required. ‘Sibirica’ looks a treat underplanted with snowdrops, their pure white flowers making a crisp contrast with the blood-red stems, or early-flowering blue irises, such as ‘Katharine Hodgkin’. Also try with black-leaved ‘grass’, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’. Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ A zingy contrast to ‘Sibirica’, this cultivar…

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things to do

TAKE SIMPLE root cuttings Increase your stock of a number of desirable herbaceous plants this winter, using one of propagation’s most straightforward techniques Taking root cuttings is a great way to propagate herbaceous perennials during the colder months while the plants are dormant. The process is simple and effective: it can yield lots of healthy and vigorous new plants from just one parent. Try it with Japanese anemones, oriental poppies, verbascum, acanthus and drumstick Primula denticulata. You will need A trowel A pair of secateurs A flower pot A frost-free coldframe or heated propagator Soil, grit, water Method 1 Select a healthy parent plant to dig up. Herbaceous plants with thick, fleshy roots are good subjects to start with. 2 Sever roots the thickness of a pencil and, using a slanting cut at the base and a straight cut at…

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• This is a good time to plant new hedges. Order bare-root hedging plants during winter’s dormant period, or for quicker results try instant mature hedging from a supplier such as Practicality Brown ( • Clean greenhouse glass to ensure plants can make the most of winter’s weak light. Use a garden disinfectant and remember to scour the corners, too. • Take strawberries potted up in August for forcing indoors now. If you have several plants, bring in half next month to stagger their fruiting season. • Some summer-flowering bedding plants, such as lobelia, pelargonium and snapdragons, benefit from an early sowing in January, as they need more time to grow.…

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plantsman’s kingdom

You can bet that if a garden is photogenic, it is going to be somewhere you want to see for yourself. A walk around nurseryman John Massey’s garden at Flatridge Cottage in the West Midlands is always a memorable experience; one perhaps especially gratifying at this time of the year when our gardening spirits need a lift. Having a garden for all seasons is often the aspiration, and sometimes the professed achievement, of gardeners with both grand and less assuming plots, but it is a rare thing that’s seldom realised in any meaningful way. Not so here. Far from relying on the obligatory winter plants, using the usual suspects, and falling into winter gardening clichés, this garden in February is full of splendid plants, the crème de la crème. The ideas…