Any fans of Bri­tain’s favourite flower would do well to swing by Devon be­tween 17 June and 30 July, when one of the coun­try’s largest col­lec­tions, the RHS gar­den Rose­moor, is in full bloom for its an­nual six-week Rose Fes­ti­val. The bor­ders, arches and bed

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Sowhow: Amod­ern Guide To Grow-your-own Veg

To the am­a­teur, tra­di­tional gardening books can seem im­pen­e­tra­ble – too laden with Latin names. Not so this handy guide, which will es­cort you, via colour­ful in­fo­graph­ics, di­a­grams and step-by-step charts, from seed to suc­cess. Fol­low the in­struc­tions to home-grow ev­ery­thing from leeks, beets and tar­ragon to cu­camel­ons, plus there are ex­cel­lent sec­tions on stor­age and trou­bleshoot­ing – we’re book­mark­ing the page on how to win the war against snails (Pav­il­ion, £12.99).

The Gar­dener’s Gar­den

This is per­haps the most com­pre­hen­sive com­pen­dium of gar­dens old, new, near and far – and it has now been re­leased in a smaller, more por­ta­ble (and there­fore al­most half the price) edi­tion. The 250-plus gar­dens it con­tains range from the big-scale and bu­colic (Great Dix­ter), to­mod­ernist (Chile’s Jardín Los Vi­los), pain­terly (Monet’s Giverny) and pe­tite (Colo­nial Wil­liams­burg). The glo­ri­ous qual­ity of the pho­to­graphs is not di­min­ished, and they are well cap­tioned with land­scap­ing tips and plant list­ings (Phaidon, £29.95).

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