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Revisit the 2017 highlights of The Garden and immerse yourself in the world of gardening with a look back at horticultural developments, fascinating gardens, news, trends and ideas from our shows, findings from plant trials, as well as a celebration of all things RHS

January 2017

  • Heralds of the season – Anna Pavord looks at the surprisingly delicate palette of winter florals that signal the change in season
  • Birches shining in the winter sun – Stone Lane Gardens in Devon, home to a remarkable National Plant Collection of Betula, gives Jean Vernon seasonal inspiration
  • Bring in the begonias – Rob Stirling gives details on the handsome foliage and attractive flowers that make cane-like begonias fine houseplants

February 2017

  • Witch hazels – nurseryman Chris Lane shines a light on the best selections of Hamamelis from a recent RHS Plant Trial
  • Creating a pond for wildlife – Esther McMillan shows how to make and plant an attractive pond full of ecological niches for fauna
  • Transform your front garden – Nigel Dunnett argues we need a new approach towards urban front gardens to help stem the continuing tide of grey, plantless, paved front plots

March 2017

  • Welcome to spring – Nigel Colborn meets Lincolnshire bulb grower Johnny Walkers and discusses his prize-winning daffodils
  • RHS Plant Finder: celebrating 30 years – to celebrate its milestone edition, Tony Lord tells the story behind this indispensable publication
  • The exotic allure of Vanda orchids – Sara Ritterhausen introduces some dazzling Vanda orchids and suggests ways to welcome these flamboyant flowering plants to your home

April 2017

  • Wisley grows the tastes of Italy – Mario De Pace describes some quintessential Italian vegetable cultivars that can be successfully grown in the UK
  • Roy Lancaster: a Life in Plants – Matt Biggs talks to plantsman Roy Lancaster about his career, on the publication of his autobiography
  • Tulips amid the topiary – Naomi Slade visits Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, Wiltshire which is designed to be both contemporary yet drawing on its ancient monastic and pagan roots

May 2017

  • Finding the finest foxgloves – Marina Christopher focuses on this cottage-garden favourite, considering the diversity and developments in breeding of Digitalis
  • How the RHS is investing in the future – Chris Young outlines the Society’s investment programme that will enrich people’s lives and grow the future of horticulture and gardening
  • Planting up an indoor terrarium – glass containers or jars used to display and grow exotic plants remain popular, and are great fun to put together, especially for younger gardeners

June 2017

  • The allure of martagon lilies – Nigel Colborn discusses these delightful early summer bulbs with distinctive shapes and advises how best to grow them
  • Beetroot to savour – Holly Farrell guides us through a recent RHS Plant Trial, including the taste, colour, quality and many cultivars of this versatile root vegetable
  • RHS Garden Wisley’s Glasshouse 10 years on – Tim Upson summarises the plants and many achievements of the Glasshouse, 10 years after it opened at the Society’s flagship garden

July 2017

  • Success with cuttings – Charlotte Rodick explains when you choose the correct method, it is simple to raise cuttings from garden shrubs, using minimal equipment
  • A place to heal – before his tragic death, Horatio Chapple dreamed of creating a calm, even-surfaced garden for spinal-injury patients. Lia Leendertz finds its realisation at Salisbury District Hospital in Wiltshire
  • Giant fuchsias – full of impact, these extravagant ‘giant-flowered’ fuchsias can reach 15cm (6in) in diameter; here Michael Perry suggests some to try

August 2017

  • Make space for cosmos – following a demonstration trial at RHS Garden Wisley in 2016 for the Year of the Cosmos, Sabatino Urzo explores this delicate and easy-to-grow annual
  • Delayed gratification – Pattie Barron takes in the multi-level planting in a mature London garden which uses many containers in an ever-changing design
  • Thornhayes Nursery – Roy Lancaster admires the wide selection of trees and woody shrubs available at this nursery in Devon


September 2017

  • Enchanted by penstemon – following a recent RHS Plant Trial, Alan Gray looks at the best border selections of these popular plants, including the resulting AGMs
  • Tasty sweet corn on trial – Sue Stickland describes some of the newer, sweeter selections recently trialled at RHS Garden Wisley and also grown at RHS Garden Rosemoor
  • At home in the Highlands – Jo Whittingham visits a dramatic Scottish lochside garden, home to many southern hemisphere plants

October 2017

  • Stipa – producing appealing summer flowers followed by attractive seedheads, Tim Fuller profiles these ornamental grasses, from a recent RHS Plant Trial
  • Feed the birds – while gardens naturally provide food for birds, Adrian Thomas advises on extra foods that will attract garden birds
  • Trentham stands triumphant – Noel Kingsbury enjoys wonderful but contrasting plantings as well as formal terraces and naturalistic areas at this grand RHS Partner Garden

November 2017

  • Roses for hips – Michael Marriott considers which species and selections of rose are worth growing for their hips
  • Autumn: Heralds of the season – in the final part of her series on seasonal garden highlights, Anna Pavord chooses some of her favourite autumn plants
  • Getting in winter trim – Jon Ardle asks Russell Watkins, Team Leader at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, how to keep a garden looking good through winter

December 2017

  • A safe haven and brighter future – Emily Braham reports on a garden refuge in Glasgow created by women who have fled their home countries
  • At home with succulents – Christopher J Young suggests ways to display cacti and succulents in the home including how to plant and care for them
  • Cyclamen coum – Rod Leeds discusses the merits of these winter-flowering charmers, which can be relied on to provide a colourful show through winter

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