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What to do now September


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

Century plant in a pot . Blue Japanese aster . Gilt-edge toad lily

Accessorizing smoke bush. Sporting Bantry Bay! . ‘Loddon Gold' sunflowers

Bloody marvellous hydrangea! . Fern for dry shade . Chinese ragwort


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

Perfect compost location . Wormwood and the green fairy! . Paris white onion

Growing tatsoi . Late carrot root fly . Blanching vegetables

Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe' . Growing runner beans from roots . Giant winter spinach


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

Growing sago palm . Potting on amicia cuttings . Amaryllis beauty





18 GARDEN VISIT: An oasis of peace!

It is an unusual feeling to be standing only a few metres from one of the busiest roads in suburban South County Dublin, surrounded by flowers, listening to garden birds and the trickle of water, but that is Joseph and Tara Downes's garden. It is utterly peaceful, as Shirley Lanigan discovered on a recent visit.


22 PLANT PROFILE: Appealing abelia

There are not many shrubs that flower from summer into autumn and even, to some degree, into early winter, but abelia does. It forms a small to medium shrub, easy to grow, and very floriferous, and it should be much more widely grown in gardens. Finola Reid reviews the species and cultivars of this excellent plant.



28 SPECIAL FEATURE: 5 ways to grow spring bulbs

A wide range of spring bulbs is now for sale in garden centres around the country. These are easy to grow and provide a touch of magic in spring. For relatively little expense, you can have great results for years, decades even. Gerry Daly reviews five ways to use spring bulbs.




34 DESIGN DESK: Shane O'Neill develops an inspired, but simple design, solution for a rural garden with lots of straight lines and boxed-in spaces.

38 KNOW-HOW: feedback from our readers

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Expert advice, seasonal plants and fresh ideas for your garden

41 Shirley Lanigan reports on some new ideas in public planting.

43 Helen Dillon was charmed by the beauty of the canna lily.



44 GARDEN HISTORY: Collecting in Constantinople

Charles Nelson on an early nineteenth-century Irishman's plant search


OVERLEAF: Mary Davies reviews new books.


48 NOTEBOOK Mary Waldron Midlands

Delightful schizophragma, giant Himalayan lily and annuals disappoint


NOTEBOOK West Lorna MacMahon

Plant shopping, mahonia, invaluable grasses and cutting back


FAVOURITE PLANT: Journalist and broadcaster Aisling O'Loughlin


72 WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.



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

55 GARDEN CLUB NOTES - what's on around the country in September.

66 GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Cara O'Riordan won €300 worth of plants for her garden at Future Forests, Bantry, Co. Cork




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