Figs, wisteria, and the roses that ‘are ridiculously easy to grow’: Country Life’s 10 best gardens stories of 2023

We take a look back at Country Life's most popular gardening features and articles of the year.

The rose variety that’s ridiculously easy to grow: ‘Stuff some cuttings into the soil and two years later, they’ll be flourishing’

Long-standing Country Life contributor Charles Quest-Ritson is literally the man who wrote the book on roses — specifically The RHS encyclopedia of Roses — and back in June, he shared some tips on sharing and planting cuttings which proved enormously popular.

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U2’s Adam Clayton: Guitarist, rock god and visionary gardener

Taking on a historic estate with 17 acres of gardens and landscape at the age of 28 is no mean feat, but Adam Clayton did just that when he bought on Danesmoate — and Jane Powers visited the guitarist in March to find out the full story.

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The iconic British garden designer who worked for kings, queens and A-listers across the world

‘Great garden designers have a plant vocabulary that runs into hundreds or even thousands,’ wrote Alan Titchmarsh in July, ‘and that’s at the heart of Russell Page’s genius.’

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Best plants for people who hate weeding? Five beautiful (and low-maintenance) flowers to grow in gravel or sand

Sarah Price shared her top five plants which are low-maintenance hardy-perennials that will grow in sand or gravel.

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The Chelsea Flower Show needs to stop pandering to trends and remember that it’s a celebration of gardening

Ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show, Alan Titchmarsh — who is a keen supporter of the RHS — warned the event organisers that they’re in danger of alienating people instead of inspiring them.

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Alan Titchmarsh: A foolproof guide to growing wisteria

‘How I love wisteria!’ Alan begins his piece on this prettiest of climbers, an enduringly popular article on the Country Life website for the past few years.

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The best garden designers and landscapers in Britain

Our annual list of the best gardeners in the nation is required reading for those looking to create a truly magnificent outdoor space.

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How to grow your own figs that’ll be ‘like a feather on the tongue’

Mark Diacono, our grow-your-own guru, is full of fascinating ideas and advice, but this was the most popular in 2023.

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How to grow delphiniums: Which ones to plant, where to place them, and how to make them thrive

You may not be able to grow Chelsea Flower Show-worthy specimens, but even in ordinary gardens these statuesque plants still turn heads… and especially if you followed John Hoyland expert tips.

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A simple guide to the wildflowers of Britain

Our regular guide to Britain’s wildflowers is a real hardy perennial.

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