This month we focus on how to achieve year-round colour in the garden, from planning seasonal plant combinations to buying investment plants that flower for months at a time, choosing evergreen foliage plants for a good winter show and shopping at regular intervals to keep the colour coming. We’ve got the top 10 plants for purple foliage, a gorgeous bee-friendly border in silver and pink, and a stunning design using bold orange as an accent colour… plus all your favourites!

Celebrate a hot spot with fiery-coloured daisies in orange, yellow and red and exotic foliage plants to get a tropical look on a sunny patio

Be inspired by… instant sunshine with dahlias and marigolds boosting the colour tempo, soothing green shopping ideas, dazzling August plants in flower now, a tropical plants quiz and diary dates

Discover the dark side - Add drama with sultry purple-leaved shrubs and perennials

Grow nature’s little sunbeams - Radiant heleniums steal the show as our plant in focus this month

Create harmony with summer flowers - Opt for a soothing symphony of pale violet, blue and purple, or go for a brave, bold blend of mauve and hot pink

What to do this month - Bring dahlias indoors, inject a shot of colour from bargain perennials, cut and dry flowers and seedheads, and take ‘insurance’ softwood cuttings of tender plants

Create a summer sensation - This month’s border planner uses pastel flowers in pink, silver, lilac and white to create a rabbit-resistant, bee-friendly border

“We’ve filled our beds with colour” - In this Welsh cottage garden idyll, slate paths wind round island beds filled with vivid perennials

“We love to garden with nature” - Nature and nurture work hand in hand in this plant-packed paradise in Buckinghamshire

“There’s something in flower every day of the year” - Perennial flowers burst from voluptuous summer borders in this gorgeous north London garden

Garden to visit - Great Dixter has a glorious reputation for adventurous planting and clashing colours. Fergus Garrett shares his insights

Connect with nature this summer - Keep younger family members entertained with these fun wildlife projects

Sow your own stir fry - Pep up mealtimes with fresh and spicy oriental greens. It’s time to sow them now

Ask Garden Answers - Expert advice on hydrangea blooms, stunted sunflowers and pruning wisteria

Design Solutions - Brighten up a dreary back garden with flashes of a bold orange accent colour

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Buyers Guide to hedge shears - Choose the best tool for high hedges and topiary shapes

Get painting! - Enjoy our pick of the best garden paints for a colourful new look

Late summer aster and sanguisorba collections - Six plants for £24, saving up to £17.94

Save up to 20% on saffron crocus bulbs - 30 bulbs for £7.99 or 60 for £12.99

Over to You - gardening stories and photos from our readers

Puzzles and prizes - Enter our crossword and wordsearch competitions to win Protek woodstain vouchers or a £50 Hayloft plant voucher

Garden view - Helen Billiald lauds those dependable unsung heroes that deliver flowers by the bucketload



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