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NGS Garden for October
One of the original gardens that opened for the first year of the National Garden Scheme in 1927, this stunning woodland garden is set over 20 acres and is famous for its autumn colour. Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the grass paths and woodland walk,
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JOBS TO DO In Autumn
Plant spring bulbs for forcing. Paperwhite narcissi will flower in time for Christmas if planted now. Keep deadheading dahlias so they bloom until the first frosts. Lift the tubers to store in a cool place over winter, replacing them with tulips and
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Things to Do
Autumn is a super time to plant lily bulbs – they root and establish best in cooler soil temperatures to give the best possible flowering display Early autumn is the perfect time to plant lily bulbs. Most lilies fare well in containers, although big
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Freedom of Expression
Gravetye Manor, set in a 1,000-acre estate in the small hamlet of West Hoathly, Sussex, was built in 1598 and became the home of plantsman and author William Robinson in 1885. Over 50 years, Robinson developed a garden of incredible natural beauty ar
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Checklist
• Move tender plants indoors to protect them from the colder temperatures of autumn and winter. Cover the crowns of half-hardy plants with mulch if they’re to stay outdoors over winter. • Plant spring bulbs in your lawn for bright drifts early next y
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Gravetye Manor’s KEY PLANTS
Red valerian is a pretty perennial wildflower, perfect for mixed borders and naturalising, with flowers from late spring. Ideal for wildflower meadows and pollinators, with tall stems clothed in starry blue flowers in April and May. This perennial
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Nature to Note
Now autumn is here, many migrant birds will already have left for a warmer climate. Those that remain in the UK over winter won’t hibernate and will be gorging on the season’s berries and seeds to keep them going through the colder months when vegeta
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Recreating an ENGLISH GARDEN
Pennisetum macrourum, the African feather grass, is a beautiful ornamental grass, with mounds of linear leaves and long, narrow, bottlebrush-like flowerheads. Like many of the plants at Gravetye, this grass increases by the use of runners, adding to
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Bee Kind
A campaign by the National Botanic Garden of Wales aims to protect pollinators from decline by marking up plants that are truly pollinator-friendly with a ‘Saving Pollinators’ logo. Plants are often billed as ‘bee-friendly’, but some contain potentia
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The Soul Garden
Horatio’s Garden is a charity that provides support for the rehabilitation of patients through the creation and maintenance of beautiful gardens at NHS spinal injury centres. When Horatio’s Garden Oswestry opened in 2019, Imogen Jackson, a specialist
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Cosy Up
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Perfect Partners
If we were thinking of plants in terms of potential partners, border stonecrops are marriage material. While some perennials provide a knock-out show of colour for a few weeks, stonecrops provide subtle interest almost all year round: attractive foli
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The Show GOES ON
A twisty journey through winding Essex lanes, brings you to Ulting Wick – the garden equivalent of an outdoor stage, where owner Philippa Burrough enjoys staging a palette of colourful plants to create dramatic theatrical impact. Her many plant enthu
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Border Patrol
In poor, well-drained soil in a sunny spot, hylotelephiums are virtually trouble-free. Feeding is not necessary beyond initial soil preparation, since this genus is better suited to poorer, well-drained soils than it is to well-fed, fertile ones. So
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Ulting Wick’s STAR CAST
A distinguished collarette variety in rich red that is stocked by the National Dahlia Collection in Cornwall. Blue-green leaves and tubular golden yellow flowers distinguish ‘tree tobacco’. The RHS Plant Finder lists suppliers. The gold petals at t
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October at Babington
With most of the harvest now gathered, the growing year slows down this month in the Walled Garden at Babington House in Somerset. Yet as much as this time is about winding down, it is also about looking ahead: the approaching winter brings with it a
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Contributors
Naomi is a journalist and author specialising in gardening and the environment. Her newest book, Hydrangeas (Pavilion) is available now at naomislade.com. She visits Castle End House on page 38. A retired diplomat and lifelong student of gardening h
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Performance PIECE
Glyndebourne is known across the globe for its world-class opera and fabulous music. The idea came from John Christie and his wife, the noted soprano Audrey Mildmay. They built their first theatre in the house itself, a small 300-seat number that hos
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Just Peachy
This is the time to treat peach trees especially against peach leaf curl, a fungus that deforms spring leaves. As the leaves begin to drop, Sophie sprays trees with Vitax Copper Mixture, and does the same again in February. “If you get the timing rig
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Welcome
Am I unusual in finding myself longing for autumn? In summer’s heat when unrelenting sun turns gardening into sticky toil, surrounded by browning lawn and dusty, drought-stricken plants, I look forward to autumn’s arrival almost as much as I do sprin
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Glyndebourne’s PRIMA DONNAS
Sow this unusual annual in late spring for easy, bright flowers in borders or vases. The classic choice for adding height without bulk, thanks to its tall, slender stems topped with mauve flowers. This dark and dusky cosmos species is known for its
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Sophie Martin
Sophie and her team manage the gardens at Babington House in Somerset, but they also work with a variety of clients in the West Country. “I try to help clients get the most enjoyment from their gardens from our base near Mells,” she says. For more in
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On The Cover
A veritable symphony of Salvia ‘Amistad’ and persicaria in the brightly abundant borders of Glyndebourne on p28. Photographed by Mimi Connolly. ■
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THE ART OF Autumn Borders
Old houses and their gardens tend to come with a history. On the one hand you might inherit delightful parterres, clipped topiary and elegant, mature planting; more chequered possibilities exist, however, and when Petra Hoyer Millar and her husband L
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Head START
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
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Digital Platforms
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Effortless STYLE
Soft pink flowers wave in the breeze above vigorous plants that never need staking. Looking like a beefier version of cow parsley, selinum wins high praise for its late flowers. Wand-like spires of scented white flowers in autumn. One of the best
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The Great Escape
In October 1920, shortly before he was due to begin his long journey home, Reginald Farrer, plant hunter and author, died of fever in his camp on a rain-sodden Burmese mountain. During his final days, Farrer was aware how his illness would end. Tragi
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Prairie PLUS
A combination of bold flowers, strong foliage and an innate airiness holds this planting scheme together, and Petra is a fan of a structural seedhead too. “I use loads of Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group, which is stonking from beginning to
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