Celebrate nature’s paintbox, with a riot of seasonal flowers and crab apple blossom

Be inspired by… plants that evoke sunshine and blue sky; bright yellow accessories; what’s in flower now; a garden theatre to make; name the white spring flowers quiz; diary dates for April

Treat yourself to tulip wow! Colourful tulips come in all shapes and sizes. Here’s how to partner them for a stunning display

Plant the loveliest little lilies - Erythroniums will make a dainty addition to shady corners. Val Bourne picks her favourites

Rediscover the rockery - Alpine gardens are enjoying a renaissance – with succulents and cacti

What to do this month - April’s sunshine and showers make this an excellent time to get planting and taking softwood cuttings

Our favourite gardening shortcuts - Relax and enjoy your garden more this season, with a few timely techniques to make life easier

Border planner - Revive borders with spring treasures. This month’s border uses ruby hellebores and soft yellow primulas teamed with witch hazel and prunus ‘Kusar’ 

“I love creating new colour schemes” - Dutch gardener Hetty van Baalen doesn’t hold back when it comes to tulips

“We were inspired by Italian formality” - This stylish town garden is full of character with neat box balls and elegant tulips

“There’s one surprise after another” - A leafy suburban garden is a voyage of discovery with surprises at every turn  

Garden to visit - Nymans reveals its enchanting magnolias in spring

“I’m creating a wildlife paradise” - Our columnist Adrian Thomas shares the progress of his own wildlife garden in Sussex

Grow tasty cucumbers - You don’t need a greenhouse for these useful salad stalwarts

Ask Garden Answers - Our expert Geoff Stebbings answers your gardening queries on summer bulbs, lawncare and tomatoes

Design Solutions - A gloomy side passage enjoys a design makeover with festoon lights and new paving

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Buyers’ Guide to containers - Choose perfect planters every time – we explain what to look for

Scoop in style - A smart new scoop will make easy work of potting up, with cleaner hands and fewer spills

10 hardy perennials for just £10 - Buy a collection of 10 different perennials for just £1 a plant!

35 free snowdrops in the green - Just pay £5.65 postage for this enormous collection of galanthus  

Over to you - Readers’ gardening stories and photos – with fabulous gardening prizes

Puzzles and prizes - Win a set of four new Hum pots in our crossword competition and Hayloft vouchers worth £50 in our wordsearch

Garden view - Helen Billiald finds that making garden progress is fraught with complications





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