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What-to-do-now: July

04 Trees, shrubs and flowers with Peter Whyte, Frances MacDonald and Mary Keenan

Smouldering ‘Caradonna' . Apricot bugle lilies . Eastern blue star

Maintaining monarda . Squirrel tail grass . Yellow moonbeams

Lily of the Incas . Cuban catmint . Desert island hypericum


10 Fruit, vegetables and herbs with Klaus Laitenberger, Tanguy de Toulgöet and Nicky Kyle

Choy sum . Grey mould and tomatoes . Herb costmary

Santoh Round-Leaf Yellow . Beauty heart radish . High-rise herbs!

Skirret - a forgotten vegetable . ‘Salad Bowl' lettuce . Thornless blackberries


14 Greenhouse, protected growing, and indoor plants with Rachel Darlington

Greenhouse steps . Brazilian plume flower . Dainty massed rosettes



16 GARDEN VISIT: Artistic inspiration!

Philippa Bayliss's garden surrounds one of a group of modern houses in County Carlow and it is unusual with steep slopes behind the house and to one side. Philippa is a painter of diverse subjects and her garden is a constant inspiration for her work. Shirley Lanigan visited recently.


22 PLANT PROFILE: Border bellflowers!

Summer borders have much to gain from the showy bells of campanulas. James Wickham delves into the family heirlooms, revealing some of the timeless classics, and mentions newer varieties that are ringing out a new era of popularity.




)) FLOWER FEATURE: Silver valuables!

Silver and grey-leaved plants impart a special note of calm and a dreamy touch to a garden. There are many good kinds to use and Gerry Daly reviews the range of possibilities.






32 DESIGN DESK: Gabriele Sanio and Shane O'Neill devise a design proposal for a large new house on a big sloping site in a rural setting.


38 KNOW-HOW: feedback from our readers

Ask a question about a gardening problem

Pass on a useful tip to other readers,

or tell us about your garden or plant success story ... and win a prize!

Expert advice, seasonal plants and fresh ideas for your garden

41 Shirley Lanigan extols the unexpected value of the new Green Ways.

43 Helen Dillon reveals her secrets of success with agapanthus.




37 FAVOURITE PLANT: The Happy Pear's Stephen Flynn


48 WILDLIFE GARDENING: Dick Warner writes about tiny springtails, present in huge numbers in garden soil everywhere.


54 GARDEN HISTORY: Temple House Gardens, Co. Sligo

Ally Bunbury was enchanted by a historic garden and its setting. Mary Davies also visited.


))) NOTEBOOK EAST: Carmel Duignan

Prairie-style planting, Stipa barbata, favourite clematis and taking credit.



Best-laid plans, nicotiana, ‘Blush Noisette' and cardiocrinum.


72 WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.




44 PEOPLE: Fionnuala Fallon visited a very active community garden in Carlow Town.

50 NEWS: events, news, new products and accessories for home and garden.

53 GARDEN CLUB NOTES - what's on around the country in July.

66 GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Ingrid Clerkin won €300 to spend on plants at Newlands Home and Garden Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin.



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