On our cover: Japanese anemones

On our cover: Japanese anemones


This month we celebrate nature's paintbox of fiery autumn hues – with sizzling scarlet, sunshine yellow and royal purple flowers, berries and foliage.

Savour the fruits of autumn We pick the best trees and shrubs for fabulous seasonal fruits. From purple callicarpa berries to edible plums and gages – there’s a stunning tree for every garden.  

What to do this month Plant tulip bulbs, cut back perennials, build a safer bonfire, sow berry seeds

Pot of berries Welcome birds with a display of berry-laden evergreens and white autumn flowers

Create a quiet corner of Japan Team elegant acers with evergreen box and choisya in a bold oriental border planting

Make a rosehip heart A wreath of woven willow and rosehip sprigs adds some rustic charm

Learn how to layer with plants Expert advice on bringing height and interest to your garden

Autumn is our time of plenty” A plant-filled paradise in Belgium that enjoys a fiery autumn finale

“I wanted the design to breathe” Curved shapes and ‘flopsy’ planting create a look of wilderness tamed in design guru John Brookes’ garden

“Foliage is the key to autumn colour” Andy and Ros McIndoe have selected trees and shrubs especially for their autumn potential

Garden to visit: Mount Usher A tranquil riverside garden near Dublin filled with leafy treasures

Treasure your toadstools From turkey tails to puffballs, Adrian Thomas extols the benefits of our weird and wonderful native fungi

Grow your own hearty soup Reliable winter crops to cultivate for warming broths and stocks

Ask Garden Answers Skimmia care, pruning advice, bright pots for shade, fruit and veg problems

Design solutions Tips and tricks for transforming a small, shady courtyard into a Japanese oasis

Make easy work of shredding Our buyers’ guide to the best drum, impact and petrol shredders

Beat frosts with robust pots Terracotta containers crafted to withstand the rigours of winter

3 free* peony plants and fertiliser worth £18.47 – *just pay £5.65 postage – and other plant offers

Colour-changing Hydrangea paniculata collection – buy 3 plants for £15 or 9 plants for £27 and get 50 puschkinia bulbs free

Puzzles and prizes Chances to win a Gardman poppy birdfeeder in support of The British Legion and a £50 Hayloft voucher

Garden view Helen Billiald’s wishlist of useful gardening gadgets that need inventing


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