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Arne Maynard fills a Tuscan garden with fragrance, texture and colour | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Italy
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15.06.2024

Arne Maynard fills a Tuscan garden with fragrance, texture and colour | House & Garden

The traditional stone farmhouse stands on a limestone outcrop in the Chianti hills. Tall cypress trees mark the driveway, contrasting with the rounded forms of clipped hornbeam on the lowest terrace and cloud-like plane trees on the top one. The three terraces incorporate several distinct, intensively cultivated areas, including kitchen, herb and cutting gardens, as well as romantic flower borders

Drought-tolerant plants to see you through a hot, dry summer | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Australia
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11.06.2024

Drought-tolerant plants to see you through a hot, dry summer | House & Garden

Hailing from hot, arid climes, such as the Mediterranean and Australia, drought-tolerant plants can withstand prolonged periods of heat with no rain. The majority thrive in full sun, with their roots in well-drained soil or gravel beds that have been enriched with peat-free compost. As our climate changes, they ensure borders are a floriferous show of colour and scent all summer long, without the need to water.

How to start a kitchen garden: what to do in June | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - France
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11.06.2024

How to start a kitchen garden: what to do in June | House & Garden

Summer is arriving and, all of a sudden, the kitchen garden is coming into its own. I am harvesting masses of salad leaves, broad beans and strawberries, and hopefully the first new potatoes. I can almost see things growing before my eyes, including the weeds, which I make an effort to keep on top of every few days (although I leave self-seeded dark pink poppies and some mauve linaria to encourage insects and add colour). To make the most of a small space, I grow salad leaves in large galvanised metal troughs, making sure that I sow a new crop every few weeks so I have a constant supply through the summer. Salad leaf mixes, including swift-growing, cut-and-come-again lettuce, rocket and mustard leaves, are available from almost any seed company, or at garden centres. Winter salad leaves, including mizuna, are best sown after midsummer, as they tend to run to seed quickly. I grow my salad leaves in the least time-consuming way, scattering the seeds thinly on the surface of the prepared soil or compost, and raking them in gently with a hand rake. Keep them watered and they will germinate within a few days and be ready to harvest in about six weeks. If you want to grow them in your vegetable beds, it is better to sow them in drills, so that the emerging seedlings are easily distinguishable from the weeds.

Psychotherapist Sue Stuart-Smith on the healing power of gardening | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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11.06.2024

Psychotherapist Sue Stuart-Smith on the healing power of gardening | House & Garden

Propagating plants from seed is what hooked me into gardening. Even now, after years of watching seeds transform themselves, the magic of germination never fails to thrill me. The essence of gardening is change and the work of gardening is care. Nothing stays the same for long. The hands-on physicality of weeding, digging and planting is a great antidote to looking at a screen, which many of us are doing more than ever today.

What to expect from List members at Chelsea this year | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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11.06.2024

What to expect from List members at Chelsea this year | House & Garden

With Chelsea fast approaching, we thought we'd give you a sneak peek into what you can expect from members of The List by House & Garden. From sensational show gardens to the very best in garden accessories and furniture, you won't want to miss out on seeing these members at this year's show…

The royal family's favourite flowers | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Britain
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11.06.2024

The royal family's favourite flowers | House & Garden

In 2020 a rather unusual virtual Chelsea Flower Show took place online instead of at its usual Royal Hospital location due to the coronavirus lockdown. As you can tell from our gallery of archive pictures from Chelsea, the royals are among its most enthusiastic attendees; the Queen almost never missed a visit, the Duchess of Cambridge had her own garden there last year, as has Prince Harry in the past, and various other senior royals are regular visitors. That year, since they were unable to visit, the royal family took part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, which encouraged the public to post pictures of their own gardens on social media to celebrate the show.

How to beautify the exterior of your house with plants | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - state Virginia
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11.06.2024

How to beautify the exterior of your house with plants | House & Garden

For the ultimate in low-maintenance planting, intersperse small balls of box with a seasonal display of bulbs and summer bedding: tulips in spring, geraniums in summer and winter pansies in autumn — or almost any annuals that take your fancy.

Lilac bush and flower: all about lilacs and how to grow them | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Iran - France - Greece
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24.05.2024

Lilac bush and flower: all about lilacs and how to grow them | House & Garden

A lilac bush can be a bit dull when not in bloom, but the larger forms can be livened up by sending a climber through them.

Ideas for real gardens from Chelsea Flower Show 2024 | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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24.05.2024

Ideas for real gardens from Chelsea Flower Show 2024 | House & Garden

The goal from a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show is to come away with your head full of ideas and inspiration. Sometimes the show gardens can feel unattainable – too esoteric, too wild or too zany for your own back garden. This year however there are plenty of clever, stylish and down-to-earth gardens that offer ideas for real gardens. Here are a few of the best.

How to get the look of this romantic English cottage garden | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Britain
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24.05.2024

How to get the look of this romantic English cottage garden | House & Garden

The English country garden, more specifically the cottage garden, is so intensely romantic and full of charm that even the most ardent minimalists would struggle to deny a soft spot for them. Blousy, abundant and floriferous, they’re a tangle of girlish colour, soft shapes and accidental magic. But underneath it all, they’re actually quite hard to pull off and often true labours of love.

How to grow an olive tree | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Britain - Egypt - city Rome
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24.05.2024

How to grow an olive tree | House & Garden

A young multi-stemmed olive tree in Umberto Pasti's Moroccan garden

A potted history of the Chelsea Flower Show | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Britain
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19.05.2024

A potted history of the Chelsea Flower Show | House & Garden

For the last 19 years I have spent the third week in May at the Chelsea Flower show. It's one of those Great British institutions that just has to be experienced — a chance to see the country's best horticultural performers all in one space, to glean ideas, spot trends and talk to the people who make our gardens grow.

How do you stop a garden from looking too designed? | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Usa - France
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14.05.2024

How do you stop a garden from looking too designed? | House & Garden

A city garden by Luciano Giubbilei, where an interesting mix of shapes and textures is provided by the foliage of a multi-stemmed Acer palmatum, a wisteria and a mound of Euphorbia mellifera.

How to grow lavender | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Britain - France - India - Egypt - Italy - Spain - Portugal
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14.05.2024

How to grow lavender | House & Garden

Drought-tolerant, laden with nectar, evergreen, long-flowering, and so pungent that it fills the garden with scent, lavender is deservedly popular. The late garden designer Rosemary Verey said, «You can never have too much of it in your garden». In its preferred conditions, of well-drained soil that is baked by the sun, it is easy to grow.

Writer Olivia Laing's quest for a personal Eden in her Suffolk garden | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - France
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14.05.2024

Writer Olivia Laing's quest for a personal Eden in her Suffolk garden | House & Garden

At the back of the house, Adirondack chairs are placed beside a border with a small standard wisteria, a box spiral and purple Iris ‘Art Deco’ set off by lime-green euphorbia. An unknown red rose on the wall is from Mark Rumary’s 1960s scheme.

Nine ways to participate in No Mow May | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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14.05.2024

Nine ways to participate in No Mow May | House & Garden

During May, the charity Plantlife encourages people not to mow their lawns. As well as attracting and helping wildlife, it's an opportunity to enjoy the sight of flowers blooming in long grass. Observing what appears – from interesting wildflowers (orchids, perhaps) to wildlife (such as grasshoppers) – is fun and, obviously, No Mow saves a lot of time. However, going the whole hog isn't for everyone. Those with children who enjoy careering around the lawn and people who entertain in their gardens won't want to let all their grass grow long. Therefore, a smaller No Mow area is more appealing and something that can be kept up throughout the summer.

A beginners' guide to cut flowers | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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14.05.2024

A beginners' guide to cut flowers | House & Garden

Orange ‘Fire King’ wallflowers and reddish-purple ‘Slawa’, ‘Merlot’ and ‘Rem’s Favourite’ tulips in Sarah Raven's cutting garden.

How to start a kitchen garden: what to do in May | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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14.05.2024

How to start a kitchen garden: what to do in May | House & Garden

May is historically the hungry gap in the vegetable garden, because it is the time when the winter crops run out and before the summer crops get going. If you have been well organised, you may have some early crops of salad leaves, broad beans, radishes and even strawberries to harvest towards the end of the month – as well as asparagus, which is at its prime now. But the main focus this month is the sowing, nurturing and tending of your crops, as growth accelerates. Potatoes should be earthed up so the tubers are not exposed to light, while peas and broad beans need supporting with pea sticks or canes and twine as they get bigger. Weeding must be done regularly (little and often is my motto) and, if the weather is dry, watering is essential. It is best done as a thorough soak every few days rather than a scant daily sprinkling. At the start of May, I sow tender crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes in seed trays and individual pots. I keep these in the greenhouse until later in the month, when it has warmed up and they can go outside. As the month goes on, the focus shifts to planting out. I find it very satisfying to be able to plant a neat row of seedlings along a garden line, rather than try the lottery of direct sowing into the ground, then thinning out. Using the no-dig method, I will have already prepared my beds with a layer of well-rotted compost. Just before planting out, I will rake the bed to break down any larger clods and give the seedlings a better chance of establishing.

A perfectly formed small city garden by our Garden Designer of the Year | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - San Francisco - city London
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07.05.2024

A perfectly formed small city garden by our Garden Designer of the Year | House & Garden

Pale brick pavers, laid in a herringbone pattern, run from the open-plan ground floor out into the garden, creating a seamless transition between the two spaces.

Our garden editor's perfect planting scheme for spring borders | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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03.05.2024

Our garden editor's perfect planting scheme for spring borders | House & Garden

Putting plants together is the most creative and joyful part of making a garden. With colour, shape and texture, you can conjure up a living work of art, something that not only gives you sensory pleasure but also benefits wildlife and the environment. But with so many options available to us, where do we start? I always think back to the plantswoman Beth Chatto and her mantra ‘right plant, right place’ when conceiving a plan, because there is no point in rushing to place your favourite sun-loving flowers in a shady spot at the back of a north-facing house. ‘Plants, like people, have their preferences and don’t like being thrust into the nearest available hole,’ she observed.

Easy indoor plants: A guide to very-hard-to-kill plants | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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03.05.2024

Easy indoor plants: A guide to very-hard-to-kill plants | House & Garden

Most house plants are not notoriously hard to grow, indeed some might suggest that most are pretty easy. So why do so many of us amateur growers end up with a plant graveyard instead of a flourishing indoor display? It could be because you're choosing plants that need a lot of care and attention rather than ones which are quite happy to endure the occasional bout of neglect. In at extract from At Home with Plants, a useful guide to houseplants by indoor garden maestro Ian Drummond and Kara O'Reilly, Interiors Editor of lifestyle magazine Resident, we present a list of easy plants ranging from 'tolerant' to 'virtually indestructible'.

Birth flowers: a month-by-month guide | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Netherlands - Greece
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03.05.2024

Birth flowers: a month-by-month guide | House & Garden

Much like the tradition of birth stones, the origins of birth flowers are shrouded in mystery. But it's likely that since the time of the ancient Romans, people have been assigning seasonal flowers to the months of the year, the better to use them as gifts and decoration for those born in that month. It's a pretty loose tradition, and opinions vary on the correct birth flower for some months; most, in fact, have ended up with two. Some of these work best when planted in a garden, others are spectacular flowers for bouquets and arrangements. Scroll down to find your own birth flowers, and you'll know what flowers to order when your birthday rolls around.

Rhododendron: how to grow and care for these spring and summer flowers | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk - Britain
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03.05.2024

Rhododendron: how to grow and care for these spring and summer flowers | House & Garden

Straddling the seasons, rhododendrons are the buxom queens of spring, leading us into the floriferous summer months without any subtlety. They can grow into vast shrubs that, in bloom, are wondrous clouds of colour formed of handful-sized flowerheads.

Garden designer Sean Pritchard on the best tulips to display for a joyful spring interior | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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03.05.2024

Garden designer Sean Pritchard on the best tulips to display for a joyful spring interior | House & Garden

A large part of the appeal of tulips lies in their wonderful ability to make a bold statement indoors – how when they’re cut and displayed, they take on something of the character of the space in which they sit. Tulips grow into the room. They move and twist towards the light. Their colours bounce around objects and furniture. Tulips simply have an uncanny ability to elevate the interior decoration.

Peony flowers: how to grow perfect peonies | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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03.05.2024

Peony flowers: how to grow perfect peonies | House & Garden

Sweet-scented and soft-petalled, peonies are one of the world's favourite flowers. Though they tend to have a short but glorious blooming season peaking in May, peonies are likely to appear in flower shops and on farm stands from late March. With a myriad variety of the flower – herbaceous, tree and the enormous hybrid of the two – there are many ways to grow and care for these lovely flowers. If treated well from the outset, in fact, each type of peony will continue to flower for more than half a century.

How to garden when you don't know how to garden | House & Garden - houseandgarden.co.uk
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03.05.2024

How to garden when you don't know how to garden | House & Garden

Gardening is not an inherent knowledge that we all magically have. Simply because you have some green space, it does not mean you know what to do with it and we cannot all be Tom Stuart-Smith, Arne Maynard or Gertrude Jekyll, more's the pity. So what do you do if you have a garden but have no idea how to garden?

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