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MODERN GARDENS I OCTOBER 2017 I ISSUE 19 CREATE YOUR PERFECT OUTSIDE SPACE – NO GREEN FINGERS REQUIRED!

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NEW WAYS TO

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Inside this

MONTH...

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42

Reader garden

makeovers

14 “The garden is our

sanctuary in all seasons”

An ugly plot is transformed into a stylish

outdoor space to enjoy with friends.

30 “Our garden is easy to keep

looking great”

Using clever design, a gloomy, overgrown

plot is now a modern effort-free space.

Simple makes

& projects

20 Covered areas

Create an outdoor living space to enjoy

whatever the season.

38 Botanical print lanterns

Bring a hint of the outdoors into your

home with easy tea light holders.

52 Rustic luxe

Just 30 minutes is all it takes to make a

stylish vase for late summer blooms.

86 We love to make

Pretty pebble decorations for your garden.

89 Upcycling with glass jars

Try one of these creative ideas, from jam

jar candles to hanging vases.

106

Easy patio makeovers

If your patio is looking a bit tired now

summer is over, it’s time for a revamp.

Easy ideas

26 Beautiful bamboo

Create an easy touch of tropical glamour.

34 Using colour and texture

for fencing

Modern fences that create a statement.

42 15 ideas to create a glow

Add a touch of warmth to your autumn

garden with one of our clever ideas.

54 Small spaces made easy

Highlight an interesting feature to add

style and structure.

64 Designing with houseplants

In the first part of our new series, we

focus on fireplaces.

68

All about asters

Scatter these brilliant purple and pink

flowers throughout your autumn garden.

89

SMALL

GARDENS

BIG

IDEAS

So

EASY!


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74 Plant a corner

Keep interest in your garden throughout

winter with evergreen topiary.

76 Front garden revamp

Create a warm welcome to your home

with a space that’s beautiful and practical.

82

Modern gardens of the year

We reveal the winners of our competition.

94

Plant icons: Orchids

13 things you may not know.

Best buys

40 10 buys...

To welcome garden friends.

98

Garden fright night

Invite friends over for a grown-up

Halloween celebration.

102

Special effects

Decorate your house and garden with

projection animation.

Grow & eat

113

Garden to glass

Mix up your own blood orange and

rosemary negroni.

118

Winter leaves

Make salads, muffins and smoothies with

these flavour-packed leaves.

Regulars

6 Earthy pleasures

Top ideas for what to buy, make and do.

12 Blooming lovely

Plants and shrubs to buy now!

24 Dark florals

Stylist Selina Lake on how to get the look.

48 What to do now

How to keep your plot looking good.

51 Upcycle with style

Make a seasonal leaf wreath.

62 We love outdoor living

What you’re up to in the garden now.

85 Paws & whiskers

Enjoying the garden with your pets.

104 Subscription offer

Sign up for a year’s supply of Modern

Gardens and get a lantern gift.

115 Q&A

Got a question? We’ve got the answer.

122 Make winter sweeter

Save £25 on winter flowering shrubs

that smell of spicy cinnamon and vanilla.

124 Add a splash of colour

Create a striking display and save over

£30 with our reader offer.

126 Garden notebook

All you need to know to get started.

130 Our garden crush

Must-have gardens we love.


Dark

FLORALS

Stylist SELINA LAKE is the author of seven

best-selling books. Here, she shares her inspirational

styling ideas, glorious garden buys and on-trend,

easy craft projects with you every month

The trend in fashion for dark florals

works in the garden too, bridging the

gap perfectly between the last days

of summer and the start of autumn.

October is my birthday month and I always

like to celebrate with a party. I love the idea of

using the dark florals catwalk trend for an

evening soirée, and calling it Midnight Garden.

If you think that evening garden get

togethers are only for balmy nights in high

summer, think again. If you wrap up warm

against the evening chill, light a firepit or other

form of outdoor heating and add lots of

candles, you can create a cosy space that’s

perfect for a special evening gathering.

Although the leaves are starting to turn

from green to gold in our garden, we still have

lots of flowers blooming. The gorgeous

dahlias, particularly my favourite, ‘Cafe au Lait’,

have been putting on a fabulous show since

July, as well as the cosmos in chocolate, white

and pink that I grew from seed. The more I

cut, the more they come. I will be picking the

last remaining flowers and arranging them for

the party. If you’re planning a little get together

of your own this month, make sure you

snap up some black candles from Tiger

(tigerstores.co.uk) and add a few cosy

blankets to set the scene. Here are some

more ideas to inspire you…

Selina

Moody hues

Match party accessories to your dark floral

theme with the Talking Tables Baroque range

(talkingtables.co.uk) of paper plates, cups and

napkins, from £3.49. This collection features

elegant floral prints by Dutch painter Rachel

Rysch, who specialised in painting flowers.

Flower decoration

Give home-grown cut flowers their

last hoorah with this simple decoration.

You will need a galvanised steel

bucket, a dish or plate, jam jars or

bottles, a black candle in a short holder

and some flowers. I used a mix of

cosmos, zinnias, pansies and heathers

from my garden.

Place the dish in the centre of the

bucket and position the candle in

the holder in the middle. Fill the jars

and bottles with water. Add the

flowers and loosely arrange them

around the candle for a dramatic look.

Trending

now

Floral prints and patterns have

long been a favourite of

artists and designers and

as we head into autumn,

they take on a darker, more

moody tone.

PHOTO: FIGURE PICTURES FIGTREEPICTURES.COM

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ON TREND

Instagram

@selinalake

PHOTO: PAULINEMORRISSEY.COM

Set the scene

Mix soft lighting with an abundance of

flowers for a midnight garden party. These

ingenious Benjamin festoon lights from

Lights4Fun (£120, lights4fun.co.uk) have

been suspended from a pergola decorated

with faux blooms and real foliage.

Blooms to love

For dark florals inspiration, check out

@3acreblooms. Sisters Emily and Lucy run

their floral business in Cornwall (3acreblooms.

co.uk). They grow their own flowers to use in

designs for weddings and events, and share

their beautiful creations on Instagram. This

month they are championing the dahlia. Take

a look and be inspired.

PHOTO: 3 ACRE BLOOMS

✽ NEXT MONTH: RUSTIC

GARDEN RETREAT

Floral cool

Chill party wine and fizz

and keep it looking pretty

with this flowery ice cube

idea by Instagrammer

@paulinemorrissey. Use

any dark flowers or foliage.

Fill the ice bucket with

regular ice cubes and use

the flowery ones on top

for decoration only.

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We

LOVE

this!

THAT’S

CLEVER

A pre-lit twig tree

is a simple

yet decorative way

to light up a patio

1

TAKE THE CHILL

out of alfresco gatherings.

This stainless steel and

aluminium infrared electric

tabletop heater adds warmth

for outdoor drinks and dining.

£175 johnlewis.com

15 ideas to create a

GLOW

Add a TOUCH OF WARMTH to your

autumn garden with one of our clever ideas

Add

colour

3

LIGHT UP YOUR GARDEN PATH

or lawn edge with a row of glass brick solar lights

(7 x 7 x 4.5cm). They will even work when covered with

snow! They give a warm white glow in low light and

don’t need any wiring or batteries as they charge by

day and illuminate by night. £4.99 each lights4fun.co.uk

2

ADD A BOLD BLOCK

of hot orange to a dark corner with

a paint makeover. Garden Colour

Apricot Matt Woodstain by

Colours works on all exterior wood

and is easy to apply using a brush,

roller or spray. It takes two hours to

dry and will cover up to 11m 2 per

litre. £7/0.75 litre diy.com


EASY IDEAS

4

CREATE AN AMBIENT MOOD

with a simple display of tea lights in glass jars, lining

them with autumn leaves to cast a golden glow.

Use LED tea lights to avoid any chance of them

catching alight. £12/48 hobbycraft.co.uk

KEEP COSY WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPS

with this stylish cast iron firepit. It makes the perfect patio

centrepiece for outdoor entertaining with friends, and for toasting

marshmallows on! £100 grahamandgreen.co.uk


5

WORDS: SARAH WILSON. PHOTOS: FLORA PRESS, GAP

OCTOBER 2017 MODERN GARDENS 43


SIMPLY

STYLISH

Intersperse houseplants

with your favourite

ornaments for a more

personal display

Echeveria

Aloe

Peperomia

rotundifolia

Staghorn fern

Asparagus fern

‘Sprengeri’

Pteris‘Albolineata’

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ON TREND

Fern arum

Designing with

HOUSE

PLANTS

In the first part of our series on using plants

as accessories, we focus on creating a

LOOK YOU’LL LOVE for fireplaces

There is no doubt that houseplants are

‘having a moment’. In recent years,

indoor plants have been out of favour.

But with the return of a more individual

approach to interior decorating, it was only a

matter of time before the real plants that inspired

the botanical fabrics and wallpapers you see

everywhere were once again back in the

spotlight. Interior design companies have used

houseplants as inspiration for prints and upped

the variety of plant pots in their range too. There

has been a resurgence of both terrariums and

hanging planters. Cacti and succulents are back

in vogue, while dramatic, large-scale specimens,

such as 1970’s favourite the Swiss cheese plant

(#monstera), are also in the spotlight. Together

with the revival of interest in crafts and

grow-your-own, houseplants are popular again.

The good news is that, with a little

know-how, even the least green-fingered

among us can successfully grow an indoor plant

or two. Start small with a cactus or succulent,

and once you’ve proven your plant-caring skills,

we guarantee you will want to introduce more

into your home. One of the most amazing

things about houseplants is that you can enjoy

them all year round. And introducing them

into your home is the perfect way to reconnect

with nature. Technological advances in the way

professional nurseries now grow plants mean

they are much more affordable than they were

a decade ago. Combined with the easy

availability of must-have pots in stores and

online, as well as simple yet inspirational ideas

on Pinterest and Instagram, means we can all

attempt a planting scheme that suits our space

and brings out our creative side.

LINK YOUR HOUSE AND GARDEN

You don’t need to have masses of plants to

make a statement. It all comes down to how

they are arranged and displayed. Choosing

plants of the same colour or perhaps using the

same container in different sizes will create a

cohesive design. Another point to consider

is whether you have a view of the garden. A

really successful design scheme can involve

bringing that exterior inside by planting around

the window to frame the view. Alternatively, if

you are facing a brick wall, you can screen it out.

Adding a few elements that you would normally

expect to find outdoors, such as weathered

terracotta pots or exterior planters, is another

neat way of linking indoors and out.

WORDS: SARAH WILSON


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For

under

£70

Plant a

TOPIARY

CORNER

Every month we give you easy

ideas for creating a special

corner in your garden

Plant list

One sure-fire way to keep interest

in your garden through winter

is to add some evergreen

topiary. Balls of box or yew

create sculptural elements, transforming a

corner into a year-round focal point. Choose

plants of different heights to create a tiered

arrangement, so the balls of foliage float like

clouds. Large topiary plants are expensive,

so be budget savvy by buying smaller

plants and growing them to the right size,

clipping them into a lollipop shape as you

go. From a small plug plant, achieving a large

piece of topiary will take a few years, so for

instant impact you can invest in larger plants

from a local garden centre. The eventual

sharply defined outlines can be softened

with swathes of flowing grass around the

base. These plants will do well in a shady

corner with drier soil, perfect for a spot

overshadowed by taller trees.

3 X BOX £8.99 EACH

This classic topiary plant can be clipped two

or three times in summer to keep a neat

outline. They are ideal for ball or pyramid

shapes. Height and spread 30cm

(trimmed) best4hedging.co.uk

5 X YEW £24.99

These conifers grow into huge trees if left alone,

but annual clipping keeps them compact. They

can be trained into almost any shape including

tall lollipops as above. Height 1m and spread

35cm (trimmed) jparkers.co.uk

3 X JAPANESE FOREST GRASS

‘AUREOLA’ £5.99 EACH

This lime-green grass gradually dies back in

winter but its colours get brighter as it does. It

loves shade. Height 35cm Spread 45cm

ballyrobertgardens.com

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EASY IDEAS

More stylish topiary combinations

Easy

SUN

LOVERS

3 X JAPANESE HOLLY £45 EACH

This small-leaved holly is often used as a substitute

for box where disease makes it impossible to grow,

or where it’s too hot. It is brilliant for making tightly

knitted topiary. Height and Spread 40cm

(trimmed) paramountplants.co.uk

3 X HEBE ‘GREEN GLOBE’ £7.99 EACH

These plants naturally form a rounded shape so

don’t need much in the way of maintenance. A

trim every other year is all they need. Their

leaves are small and look almost mossy. Height

and Spread 45cm jacksonsnurseries.co.uk

5 X FESCUE ‘ELIJAH BLUE’ £47.95

Add this silvery grass, which shrugs off heat and

grows well in dry soils. It will form an explosion

of thin grey-blue stems topped by tall feathery

seed heads in summer. Height and Spread

30cm vanmeuwen.com

Best for

TASTY

HERBS

3 X ROSEMARY £9.99 EACH

Double your corner’s usefulness and grow herbs in

sculptural forms. Rosemary will form round balls if

it’s clipped a few times every summer. Don’t let the

clippings go to waste – use them in your cooking.

Height and Spread 40cm (clipped) crocus.co.uk

2 X BAY £75

Choose two bay lollipops of different heights if

you can, to create tiers. Like rosemary, these

evergreen trees like a spot in the sun. The leaves

are delicious in casseroles. Height 1.2m Spread

35cm paramountplants.co.uk

5 X CHIVES £5.99 EACH

These plants aren’t evergreen but in summer they

will form clumps of glossy green grass-like leaves,

topped by purple pom-pom flowers adding a

burst of colour to the rosemary and bay. Height

30cm and Spread 40cm waitrosegarden.co.uk

Best for

ADDING

COLOUR

3 X BERBERIS ‘INSPIRATION’ £29.99 EACH

You don’t have to stick to green – plenty of

plants can add colour as well as structure,

including this pink- and red-splashed shrub. The

leaves take on fiery tints in autumn. Height and

Spread 40cm (trimmed) suttons.co.uk

3X HOLLY ‘GOLDEN KING’ £21.99 FOR 3

Create more interest with these variegated gold

and green leaves. The leaves are spineless so it’s

also easy to keep clipped in a lollipop shape.

Height 60cm and Spread 30cm (clipped)

toddsbotanics.co.uk

5 X BLACK MONDO £5.99 EACH

This striking inky-black grass is a dramatic plant for

any spot, and perfectly fills in empty spots below

and around shrubs. It’s evergreen and will thrive in

both sun and shade.. Height 20cm and Spread

30cm crocus.co.uk

WORDS: MELISSA MABBITT. PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK, ALAMY

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