The English Garden

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How do you know you’ve become a ‘serious’ gardener? Arguably it’s when pottering about in the garden in spring and summer is no longer enough and you find yourself gardening in autumn and winter, too. That’s when you know the gardening bug has truly bitten. As if to prove the point, it’s the gardening done in autumn that has the biggest impact, since it’s the best time of year to successfully introduce new plants. The garden looks effortlessly better in spring and the perfect circle is complete.

“There’s so much pleasure in buying bulbs and plants in autumn,” says Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at the Royal Horticultural Society. “You get that nice sense of anticipation, whether it’s bulbs or cheaper plants such as pansies and wallflowers that aren’t too much fuss. Not forgetting the vegetable garden,

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