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What-to-do-now: June


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


Tumbling broom . Clustered bellflower . Pale globe flower

Lilac Ice . Painter's Palette . Green Goddess

All-rounder clematis . Pots of hostas! . Bantry Bay rose


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


Calabrese ‘Chevalier' . Wild rocket ‘Dragon's Tongue' . French bean ‘Safari'

‘Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco' . Sweet cicely . Courgette ‘Ronde de Nice'

Ruby chard ‘Vulcan' . Cucumber ‘Restina' . Free tomato plants!


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


Mexican bush sage . German Empress . Hanging baskets



16 GARDEN VISIT: Stone-built garden

 Ann and Glen Ballan have spent the last twenty-seven years making a garden around a stone cottage in east Cork, not far from Youghal. They started small but the garden has grown steadily as they explained to Shirley Lanigan when she visited recently.



22 PLANT PROFILE: Dazzling day lilies!

A stalwart flower of summer borders, day lily has large sumptuous lily-type flowers in a range of beguiling colours. It is easy to grow, weed-resistant and statuesque when well established. The plants are long-lived and need little attention. Ciaran Burke reviews some notable kinds.



 FLOWER FEATURE: Spires and spears - the upright line!

Spires, towers, spikes, rockets, shoots, spears - words used to describe plants with slender, sharply ascending flower stems. This group of plants has a very important role to play in the mix of flowers in a border, as Gerry Daly outlines.





32 DESIGN DESK: Shane O'Neill takes up the challenge of making a garden around a 1950s farmhouse, linking three disjointed areas.


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 encounters a modest gardener.

43 Helen Dillon writes about the South African honey bush.




37 FAVOURITE PLANT: The Happy Pear's Stephen Flynn


48 WILDLIFE GARDENING: Dick Warner writes about cutworms, the larval stage of noctuid moths


54 GARDEN HISTORY: Celebration and commemoration - trees at Áras an Uachtaráin, Mary Forrest describes a notable collection in ‘The Park'.



Red-flowered plants, Chilean fire bush and a trip to Valentia Island


 NOTEBOOK WEST: Lorna MacMahon

Wire bird sculpture, protea family plants and others from Chile



72 WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.





 BLOOM 2017 GUIDE to the show, show gardens, tickets and the Bord Bia/ The Irish Garden Bloom Advice Hub schedule.

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 May.

66 GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Carolann Webster won €300 to spend on plants at Cois na hAbhann Garden, Home & Lifestyle Centre, Camolin, Co. Wexford.


OVERLEAF: Mary Davies chooses good reading



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