The English Garden May 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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
13 期號


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Sarah Coles Sarah lectures widely and has written books, including›Life, the Universe and Gardening and›Chalk and Limestone Gardening.›She admires the chalk garden at Ordnance House on page 48. Annie Green-Armytage An award-winning garden photographer and writer, published in books and magazines worldwide, Annie has captured the garden at Warborough House in Norfolk for our feature on page 40. Selina Lake A stylist and author whose work can be seen at Chelsea and Hampton Court, in the photoshoots she styles for magazines and clients, and in her books, such as Shed Style. Selina’s ideas for peonies are on p115.…

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It feels as if a lifetime has passed since I wrote this column for our last issue, perhaps because the world has changed so much in the intervening four weeks. What an adjustment we have all had to make, but one that has been a little easier if you are lucky enough to have a garden. While we humans struggle to make sense of our new circumstances, our blissfully oblivious plants continue to blossom and grow, birdsong heralds sunny spring weather, and, in the natural world, life carries on. That alone is a source of solace, but add the calming effect of gardening, the fresh air and the exercise, and it’s no wonder so many people are turning to their gardens while we await happier times. Likewise, we hope that The…

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people to meet

Chris Beardshaw The award-winning garden designer, television presenter and Garden Day ambassador gives us an insight into his design process and daily life There is no standard blueprint for garden design, but I never leave a site without knowing what I want to do with it. There is always something to take from the land and the information a client shares. Once you understand the context of a space, its history and atmosphere, the design concept follows viscerally. I don’t study the work of other garden designers closely because it’s good to have a unique vision. I find inspiration in the paintings of a 20th-century artist called Robert Lenkiewicz. He captured the spirit of his subjects in a single brushstroke. I also hugely admire Thomas Mawson, an originator of the Arts & Crafts…

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chris’s favourite gardens

Wollerton Old Hall Shrewsbury, Shropshire This is a masterclass in arranging plants and is very much my style of garden. It is both plant-rich and floriferous. As a single piece of work, it’s just fantastic. Tel: 01630 685760; wollerton Oxford Botanic Garden Oxford, Oxfordshire This garden doesn’t get much press but I believe it’s the oldest botanic garden in the country. It has fabulous experimental borders and a great range of plants. Tel: 01865 286 692;…

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things to do

GROW perfect carrots Cover your crops with fleece or netting to ensure your harvest isn’t ruined and rendered inedible by tunneling root fly larvae Growing your own carrots is so satisfying: the taste of a shop-bought carrot is nothing compared to that of one pulled fresh from the soil. Few things, however, are more disheartening than unearthing the orange roots to find them riddled with the brown tunnels created by carrot fly larvae. Adult flies lay their eggs in the soil at the base of the plants and the resulting larvae burrow down and spoil the roots. The flies are attracted to carrots by the scent of their foliage, so avoid releasing that fragrance unnecessarily: sow thinly to minimise thinning and don’t handle the plants. It is believed that carrot flies can’t fly higher…

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nature to note

Swift ACTION Swifts are migratory birds that need warm weather to ensure a constant supply of flying insects to eat. For this reason, they visit the UK in the summer, arriving from central Africa in May to breed and flying back there at the end of July. It’s estimated that swifts fly about 500 miles each day. They spend most of their life on the wing and even feed, mate and sleep in flight. They fly over a range of habitats including meadows, woods, water and cities, and you’re most likely to spot their sickle-shaped silhouettes and hear their screaming calls at dusk, when they fly in groups at roof height. Swifts return to the same place each year to nest. These spots tend to be quite sheltered – for example, in gaps…