The English Garden September 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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Joe Perkins Joe has designed and built gardens for over 20 years. A gardening job while he studied English at university kicked off a career in landscape across the UK, France and Spain. He visits Long House Plants on page 40. Clare Coulson A former fashion writer, Clare now reports on gardens for the Financial Times’ How to Spend It magazine and The Daily Telegraph and gardens on the Suffolk coast. She visits By the Crossways on page 48. Juliette Wade Juliette has been photographing gardens for many years while bringing up her children, and particularly enjoys discovering Norfolk gardens. Her photos of Salle Walled Garden feature on page 56. IMAGES NEIL HEPWORTH; NATALIA ODESCALCHI…

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Events this year have undoubtedly prompted self-reflection, with many of us taking the opportunity afforded by the lockdown to examine aspects of our lives. A new academic year begins in September, so if you’re considering changes, perhaps to a new career in gardening, now’s the time to grasp the nettle. The world of horticulture spans so many diverse roles and specialities, full of interesting niches to suit different people and their skills, and the variety of courses and qualifications on offer reflects that. We consider some options on page 99, along with shorter courses if you just want to enhance your gardening prowess or learn a new skill. With the new term comes a new season, as late summer begins to shift into early autumn. The plants in our gardens reflect…

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people to meet

Jo Thompson The award-winning designer and Chelsea regular explains her new scheme to bring bespoke design and lots of colour to everybody’s gardens The idea for Colour My Garden ( came to me organically. For years people have been asking me how to use plants to make beautiful colour combinations. Planning for the growing season can be overwhelming – there’s a huge range of bulbs to choose from and it can be tricky to know when to place your order. Too early, and they sit in the shed getting mouldy; too late, and your favourites could be sold out. A subscription to Colour My Garden simplifies the process hugely, whether you have a big garden, a patio or just a few window boxes to fill with colour. I put together a bespoke selection…

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out & about

Lockdown gardening boom The past few months have heralded positive change for our green spaces. A report by Homebase reveals the UK has planted 322 million more plants this year than in 2019, while the number of purchased trees has risen by 183%. Millennials aged between 25 and 39 spent the most on their outdoor spaces during this boom: an average of £213 per person on plants and tools since March, in comparison to £125 across all ages. Now Homebase are launching a Great British Green Up campaign, encouraging gardeners to keep the trend going and plant for wildlife. Chiswick Flower Market 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov & 6 Dec, London A new Flower Market is set to take place on the first Sunday of every month on London’s Chiswick High Road.…

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things to do

Sow hardy ANNUALS Get hardy annuals sown in position this autumn and they’ll put on an earlier display of flowers as soon as the weather improves in spring Next summer may seem a distant prospect, but sowing seeds in your garden now will pay dividends come next year. Hardy annuals can withstand frosts and many will benefit from being sown directly into the ground in autumn, flowering earlier than spring-sown seeds. By following these steps, you could enjoy an early-flowering display next summer. Method 1 There’s a wide range of hardy annuals to grow – look for an HA symbol on seed packets. Try Ammi majus or Nigella damascena (above) for delicate, lacy flowers, Briza maxima or Hordeum jubatum for tufty grass, and add shots of colour with cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), larkspur or opium…

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• Encourage pollinators as stores of nectar and pollen deplete. Late-flowering perennials, such as sedum, verbena and echinacea are perfect. • Keep deadheading. Focus on container plants, annuals, dahlias and roses to keep the flowers coming for as long as possible. • Take cuttings of half-hardy perennials and tender shrubs such as fuchsia, penstemons, pelargonium, lantana, verbena and salvia. • Divide and replant clumps of perennials once they have finished flowering to give them more space. • Plant up pots to bring colour to your garden in the short term. Good autumn bedding plants include cyclamen, sedum, heathers and heucheras. IMAGES GAP/MICHAEL HOWES; SHUTTERSTOCK…