The Garden magazine back issues

Revisit the 2018 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 2018

  • Leaves or branches – whether deciduous or evergreen, many trees are superbly ornamental in winter; here Phil Clayton picks his favourites
  • Nandina – predicting an upsurge in popularity of these elegant, evergreen shrubs, Graham Rice describes their garden appeal and some excellent cultivars
  • Plants for Bugs 2: friends not foes – Steve Head discusses the results and implications of the second scientific paper from the RHS Plants for Bugs project

February 2018

  • Bigger and better berries – Gerry Edwards considers new developments in berries available to home growers, and some old favourites, bring tasty rewards
  • Time to go green – as snowdrop season gets under way, Roger Harvey sings the praises of green-marked Galanthus that can add a characterful touch to winter borders
  • Once upon a time… – Agnes Stevenson explores the medieval-inspired formal gardens of RHS Partner Garden Dunrobin Castle

March 2018

  • Growing from seed in propagators – Jon Ardle discusses methods of seed propagation with Sam Gallivan, RHS Propagation Team Leader at RHS Garden Wisley
  • Daintier daffodils – charming and graceful, smaller cultivars of spring staple Narcissus are examined in more detail by Christine Skelmersdale
  • What Britain’s head gardeners give the world – Ambra Edwards argues that head gardeners deserve more respect and recognition from the world

April 2018

  • Quinces from the east – spring blooms of beautiful, bright flowers bursting from leafless branches of Japanese quinces enchant Mary Keen
  • Edibles take centre stage – RHS Garden Hyde Hall’s innovative and exciting Global Growth Vegetable Garden impresses Mark Diacono
  • Celebrating Repton – Fiona Davison celebrates the great landscape designer Humphry Repton as he is honoured 200 years after his death

May 2018

  • Enliven your salads – Richard Eborn reports on the RHS Plant Trial of coloured lettuce that can enliven your salads
  • Helping houseplants feel at home – Christopher J Young chooses a range of indoor plants that will flourish in varied conditions found within our homes
  • Geraniums: the experts’ shortlists – Phil Clayton asks six growers to choose the geraniums they most value growing

June 2018

  • Cistus – Rock roses excel in dry soils and full sun. Nigel Colborn profiles species and cultivars of these useful Mediterranean shrubs
  • Ancestral values – Mary Keen visits Kiftsgate Court in the Cotswolds, developed by three generations of the same family
  • The great indoors – James Wong on designing green walls and ‘aquascapes’ of water plants to grow within the home

July 2018

  • Annual plants for pollinators – providing dazzling effects in summer gardens, Kate Bradbury considers annuals when planting for pollinators
  • Home brew – use herbs to make infusions, refreshing alternatives to a cuppa, suggests Kat Bradburn
  • Where art meets nature – Phil Clayton is dazzled by a Piet Oudolf-designed garden at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset

August 2018

  • Cherry-picking the best – Holly Farrell runs through a recent RHS Plant Trial of these easy to grow cherry and cherry plum tomatoes
  • Transported to the tropics – discover the foliage and flowers of the Exotic Garden at RHS Garden Wisley as Emma Allen explains how it was created
  • Maintaining shrubs and trees in pots – at RHS Garden Hyde Hall Melissa Mabbitt gets expert advice on how to keep long-term container plants healthy


September 2018

  • Box alternatives – Gemma Neech profiles some of the plants used in RHS Garden Wisley’s demonstration of alternatives to Buxus for topiary and low hedges
  • Heritage apples of the British Isles – Gerry Edwards on the rich history of apples bred to suit regional conditions in the UK and Ireland
  • A garden cast from clay – Naomi Slade enjoys an Oxfordshire garden at a working pottery that reaches its peak in late summer and autumn

October 2018

  • Spring bulb success – Melissa Mabbitt talks to Craig Woodhouse about where and how to plant bulbs for spring
  • Wild times at Great Dixter – the diversity of species in the garden of the late Christopher Lloyd is described by Fergus Garrett and Andy Phillips
  • The Garden Podcast – this month sees the launch of a podcast that takes a peek behind the scenes of the magazine

November 2018

  • Ornamental fruit – Phil Clayton on the cornucopia nature bestows upon trees and shrubs in autumn and winter
  • Homes for heroes ­– at the centenary of the end of the First World War, did soldiers find gardens, as well as homes, fit for heroes? asks Ambra Edwards
  • Making room to grow – designer Tony Woods describes his ethos behind a tiny courtyard garden in southwest London

December 2018

  • Conifers: Roy’s personal choice – Roy Lancaster enthuses about his favourite conifers, be they for large or small gardens
  • Seasoned performers – from the RHS Plant Trial of Hippeastrum, Karen Robbirtreveals the best of these splendid indoor bulbs
  • From the West Indies to the Western Cape – Babylonstoren in South Africa is a fascinating and dynamic place to visit, while Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Barbados is a plant lover’s paradise

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