IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE
Celebrate small spaces - Take a sunny sitting area and surround it with white and purple plants for spring
Be inspired by… Froth and frills for a pretty May border; vintage pastel accessories; what’s in flower now; lilac blossom; peg labels to make; recognise your weeds; diary dates
Short on space, big on style - Three gardeners share their layout and planting secrets to make the most of a small garden – using plants, paving and boundaries
Fabulous foxgloves - Find out more about this quintessential cottage garden favourite – the best varieties for your garden and how to grow them
Perfect plants for small gardens - When space is limited, plants need to earn their keep. We’ve chosen a selection that will do just that
What to do this month - The weather is warming up, so get sowing, look after seedlings and plant up colourful containers
Make a brick circle - Create a rustic focal point with this planting circle made from reclaimed bricks and softened with herbs, small annuals and perennials
Plant a flower cascade - Dangling wisteria flowers are the perfect partners for yellow asphodeline and pom-pom alliums
“Our garden is a stylish suntrap” - This seaside courtyard combines bold colours with hardy, exotic plants for a well-travelled look
“Diagonals disguise the awkward angles” - This bijou London plot is packed with colourful perennials set against a bold white backdrop
“We love plants that offer a challenge” - This small suburban garden uses trees to create privacy and shade for a hosta collection
Garden to visit - Bodnant in Wales is famous for its Laburnum Arch. We reveal its other spring treats
Protect your patch and wildlife too - Our nature-loving columnist details three easy strategies to encourage wildlife and deter pests
Grow tasty little torpedoes - For buckets of easy-to-grow veg you can’t go wrong with courgettes
Ask Garden Answers - Our expert answers your gardening queries on baskets, borders and spring bulbs
Make a ‘green’ driveway - Don’t let off-street parking spoil your home’s kerb appeal
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Buyers’ guide to watering cans - We explain what to look for
Take a bistro seat - These space-saving chair and table sets are perfect for a small garden
Win a shed-load of gardening goodies - Enter our competition to win gifts from our advertisers
150 free* summer-flowering bulbs and other offers on shrubs and perennials. *Just pay postage
Finest fruits collection – save £14.96 on three delicious apple, pinkberry and raspberry cultivars
Over to you - Gardening stories and photos from our readers. Keep sending them in; you could win state-of-the-art Felco secateurs!
Puzzles and prizes - Win Pantone garden accessories from Briers with our crossword, and Hayloft vouchers with our wordsearch
Garden view - Helen Billiald sings the praises of foliage plants, while her daughter squeals over dahlias
Treat yourself to tulip wow! Colourful tulips come in all shapes and sizes. We show how to plant and partner them for a stunning display
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
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 delays and complications
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Celebrate narcissi The golden trumpet blooms of daffodils bring the garden to life in March
Be inspired by… woodland belles, plants in flower now, a decorative blue colour wall, diary dates and a ‘dig them up or let them be?’ quiz
Create a spring sensation Kick start the season with flowers to re-energise your gardening mojo!
Plant a clematis for ballerina flowers Add some spring magic with early alpine clematis
Take a bee’s eye view of blossom Ten of the best small trees and shrubs with nectar-rich flowers to draw in the pollinators
What to do this month Start sowing plants under cover, prune roses, prepare to sow an outdoor cut-flower patch and top-dress containers for a nutritious boost
Create a corner of spring sunshine Welcome the new season by planting clumps of dainty daffodils and anemones around attractive flowering shrubs
Give pots a stylish new look Clever ways to add character to cheap and cheerful terracotta pots
How to love orange and other gardening dilemmas - expert advice
on addressing some different age-old gardening woes
“Spring is the time to take the garden in hand” A Dorset cottage plot with topiary and spring bulbs
“We’ve planted 3,000 daffodils” Positioned at the feet of topiaried yew, daffodils create a formal feel
“Spring is our most dramatic season” Swathes of daffodils and wildflowers flourish in a former rectory garden in rural West Sussex
Behind the scenes at Sissinghurst Explore the spring highlights of the different gardens at this medieval gem in Kent
Take a lucky dip Spend an hour pond-dipping to find out which tiny insects and amphibians are making their home beneath the surface
Grow a summer taste explosion Get tomatoes started now for juicy fruits all summer long
Ask Garden Answers How to keep hostas slug free, care for summer bulbs and prune flowering shrubs
Create an outdoor dining area Transform a small plot into a stylish kitchen garden with outdoor oven
Love your seat Create romance in the garden with a choice of pretty two-seaters
40 free gladioli corms and other offers on sumptuous summer-flowering bulbs
Early-flowered Clematis alpina collections Save ££s on three-or nine-plant collections of these dainty spring-blooming clematis
Over to you Gardening stories and photos from our readers – keep sending in your #inflowernow pics
Puzzles and prizes Enter for a chance to win Rosie Sanders’ Flowers – a celebration of botanical art – and a £50 Hayloft voucher
Garden view Helen Billiald explains why staking requires striking a delicate balance
MEET WINTER'S LITTLE TREASURES! Discover the survival secrets of the dainty little woodland bulbs that will shrug off rain, sleet, hail and sub-zero temperatures. They'll flourish in your own garden and naturalise to create a carpet of dazzling flowers under deciduous trees and shrubs - we show you how and where to plant them
Celebrate sparkle - Enjoy the interplay of frost and sunlight on leaves and seedheads
Be inspired by... winter purples, handsome slate, plants in flower now, curious catkins, a white winter basket, pruning quiz and diary dates
Plant a little hedonism Be seduced by daphne’s intoxicating scent and find easy-to-grow cultivars
Enjoy winter bark Ten top trees with tactile bark to add interest to the winter garden
What to do this month Pot up dainty iris, prune summer-flowering shrubs, sow sweet peas and annuals indoors, and deal with molehills in your lawn
Create a desert landscape Plant a dramatic mini desert in a shallow bowl – an ideal arrangement for a sunny windowsill or conservatory
Team plants for winter gold Add extra dazzle to a pairing of mahonia and daffodils with ferns and phormiums
Plant a romantic parterre Design your own knot garden with dramatic box-edged beds for winter structure and form
“It looks great every single day” Ashwood Nurseries owner John Massey’s gives us a tour of his stylish 3 acre garden
“Outdoor rooms give the garden character” The formal garden in Herefordshire is full of attractive views and vistas in winter
“Our crocuses are quite a spectacle” Renowned for its crocus displays, Little Court in Hampshire opens its doors in February
Garden to Visit: Greenway The secret valley garden of Agatha Christie’s home has many treasures to reveal
Wildlife: Celebrate nature’s weird and wonderful - Our gardens are packed with clever creatures with superhuman abilities, says Adrian Thomas
Gourmet Grower: Grow nature’s little extroverts - Flavour seasonal dishes with colourful home-grown chillies. Helen Billiald explains how
Ask Garden Answers Help with Christmas cyclamen, shrubs, shady spots and containers
Design Solutions: Give a small garden a sophisticated look - Use straight lines and strong shapes to create style in even the smallest garden
Buyers guide to compost Understand the differences between the compost mixes on the market
Take the upper hand Make light wok of weeding an dplanting with these super-smart new hand tools
Garden View Helen Billiald rues the day she allowed her self seeders to get the upper hand
CREATE A WINTER WONDERLAND! We reveal the fragrant shrubs, opulent evergreens, glowing evergolds and stylish evergreys that will keep your garden full of colour and seasonal scent this month.
• Celebrate silhouettes Low-angled winter light reveals the shapes of topiary forms and seedheads
• Be inspired by… silver birch, fiery stems and icy flowers, new plants, a grey and pink berried container and our Dead or dormant? quiz
• Create a winter wonderland Colour your garden with opulent evergreens, glowing evergolds and stylish evergreys
• Dabble in wintry witchcraft Spidery witch hazel flowers herald the new gardening year
• Enjoy seasonal scent Tiny flowering treasures that are packed with winter perfume
• What to do this month Plant up a wintry tree stump, make a standard holly tree, plant a bare-root rose and take hardwood cuttings
• Give your secateurs an MOT Blunt blades getting you down? Here’s how to sharpen them
• 35 ways to perk up your winter garden Simple ideas to lift your spirits in the cold season
• Diarmuid’s golden rules of design Our favourite maverick garden designer reveals his secrets
• Create a stylish border full of fragrance Choose a trio of scented winter performers that will brighten up your January garden
• “My palms shrug off Suffolk snow” At Dip on the Hill, architectural palms and evergreen trees add structure to this cottage garden
• “The garden fits in with its landscape” An artist’s garden in Essex, Mill House features bold topiary, fruit trees and a sympathetic colour scheme
• Garden to visit: Dunham Massey Dust off the cobwebs with a walk in the winter garden among carpets of cheerful flowers and fragrant shrubs
• Keep tabs on your garden wildlife Documenting the birds, mammals and amphibians that visit your garden builds up a fascinating picture of how well wildlife is faring
• Plant a foraging hedge Harvest berries and nuts next autumn and plan your 2017 gourmet garden
• Ask Garden Answers How to overwinter chrysanths, stop fruit drop and boost flowers by pruning
• Give a small garden the wow factor Use visual tricks and clever planting
• Subscribe to Garden Answers - Save £20 on a year’s subscription – receive 13 issues for just £30!
• Buyers’ Guide to propagators We explore the pros and cons of propagators – from the basic boxes to thermostatically controlled units
• Make a date with your garden 2017 gardening diaries and calendars
• Receive 20 free perennials worth £34.95* and a range of other plant offers. *Just page postage.
• Buy 3 unusual winter-flowering daphnes for £30 and receive 50 free Anemone blanda bulbs!
• Over to you Readers’ photos and gardening stories. Keep sending in your #inflowernow pics
• Puzzles and prizes Win a pair of Stewart Garden planters and a £50 Hayloft voucher with our crossword and wordsearch
• Garden view Helen Billiald celebrates the New Year by choosing some nostalgic, fragrant winter plants
BRING THE OUTDOORS IN THIS CHRISTMAS! Create festive decorations from the garden with moss, cones, twigs and berries
• Celebrate structure Improve your garden’s ‘good bones’ with tips and inspiration from the Royal Gardens at Highgrove
• Be inspired by festive fir cones, a colourful evergreen border, new plants with festive warmth, best coloured stems, Christmas kokedama and our conifer quiz
• Get Hooked on heucheras Admire their scalloped, often patterned winter foliage in zingy lime, marmalade, silver, plum and chocolate shades
• Give a gift that keeps on growing 10 top plants that make delightful Christmas gifts – with care guides
• Jobs for this month Make a mini coldframe, plant shrubs for winter colour, tidy alpines and tree pruning
• Celebrate the season with a festive pot - using winter shrubs, flowers and bulbs will shine on the dullest days
• Frame flowers with elegant stems Purple-stemmed dogwoods and Christmas hellebores bring glamour to the darkest months
• Make a hanging terrarium Fill stylish glass planters with foliage plants for a year-round display
• “Frost makes our prairie look magical” A dramatic ‘big sky’ garden in Sussex combines grasses, seedheads and sculpture
• “It’s all about colour and fragrance” Winter plant combinations work on an intimate scale at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum
• “Winter structure is so important” Fiona Chancellor has made clever use of topiary and sculpture at Windy Ridge in Shropshire
• Garden to Visit Compton Acres is a classic British garden with woodland, water, Japanese and Italian influences
• Look after winter wildlife Help out hibernators and treat feathered friends with fat-rich treats
• Plant a nut tree Grow a hazel, walnut or almond and enjoy a nutty harvest each winter
• Ask Garden Answers Help with flowering shrubs and houseplants
• Make a dog-friendly garden Use natural elements to calm, shade and stimulate canine companions
• Christmas gift guide Ideal stocking fillers and presents for green-fingered friends including patio pretties, little luxuries and sartorial solutions for a gardening wardrobe
• Free* Christmas lantern with a selection of festive decorations and lights from Bakker.com
• Half-price autumn-flowering nerines Buy a collection of four Nerine bowdenii cultivars – 40 bulbs for £34.96!
• 6 free* strawberry ‘Cambridge Favourite’ plants and a host of fruit offers. *Just pay postage
• Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch for chances to win Blenheim Palace tickets and a £50 Hayloft voucher
• Garden view Helen Billiald shares some of her gardening successes and failures during 2016
Celebrate nature’s paintbox - Fiery hues dominate the autumn garden with witch hazels and aralia
Create autumn wow! Follow our colour-wise guide to a spectacular autumn finale, with sizzling scarlet, sunshine yellow and royal purple flowers, berries and foliage.
Leafy lovelies Enjoy the wintergreen presence of glossy and filigree hardy ferns
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 adopting the layering technique to bring height and interest to a new garden layout
“Autumn is our time of plenty” A plant-filled paradise in Luxembourg 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
CELEBRATE AUTUMN Conjure up some sunshine this month with our October autumn special. Late season rudbeckias and grasses bring the garden to life, while spectacular seedheads create natural sculpture to enjoy – read our features on how to choose the right plants for your seasonal showcase.
CREATE DRAMA WITH GRASSES Bring your autumn garden to life with the rich colours, tactile flowers and movement of versatile grasses
MEET THE COMEBACK QUEENS Enjoy the gentle blowsy blooms of hydrangeas. We reveal the best cultivars for your site and soil
AN IMPRESSION OF AUTUMN After the waterlilies, Monet’s beloved Giverny garden fades gracefully into most atmospheric season – full of dahlias and nasturtiums
GROW YOU ROWN NATURAL SCULPTURE As petals fall let shapely seedheads take centre stage
WHAT TO DO THIS MONTH Plant a winter basket, divide perennials, lift tender plants, create living screens plus how to take easy root cuttings
HOW TO SOW SWEET PEAS Our guide to starting off your free seeds ready for flowers next summer
DISCOVER AUTUMNN’S PASTELS Mix blue gentians, pink colchicums and grasses for this stylish patio display
ADD SEASONAL SIZZLE WITH NERINES Candy-pink nerines burst like fireworks above a cloud of sedum
READER GARDENS Three fabulous gardens where foliage, prairie planting and perennials take centre stage – including the garden of multiple Chelsea-gold-medal-winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith
GARDEN TO VISIT Head gardener Chris Flynn describes highlights of the restoration at Dyffryn gardens
RUSTLE UP AN AUTUMN FEAST…for the birds. We take a look at the nutritional value of high fat and carb-rich bird foods
PRESERVE THE HARVEST Try these fruity recipes to make the most of a garden glut
ASK GARDEN ANSWERS Your questions answered by our gardening expert Geoff Stebbings – including plant ID and Weed it or feed it?
MAKE THE MOST OF TRICKY SHAPES Design guru Dawn Isaac suggests some clever ways to transform a triangular plot with horizontal lines, fence-hiding climbers and strategic trellis
WIN A LAWN MOWER! Discover how the Limited Edition Hayter Platinum Harrier Autodrive Mower, worth £719, could be yours
BUYERS GUIDE TO LEAF TIDYING Garden blowers and vacs that will make light work of leaf tidying in autumn
STEP OUT IN STYLE Choose from these fab and funky Wellington boots to keep your feet warm and dry in the garden this season
READER OFFERS Great deals of lily bulbs, ornamental grasses and clematis ‘Winter Beauty’
PUZZLES & PRIZES Win a STIHL leaf blower and Hayloft vouchers worth £50 in our crossword and wordsearch competitions
GARDEN VIEW Gardening on the telly is a turn off for Helen Billiald – especially Bake Off Gardening
Take inspiration from the coast
We show you how to give your garden a sunny, wild and romantic look with shimmering eryngiums, poppies, sedums and driftwood treasures
Make space for euonymus
These handsome shrubs have such colourful September fruits. Val Bourne explains which ones to go for
Savour the last days of summer
Drought-proof planting ideas from Beth Chatto’s fabulous gravel garden in Essex
Jobs for September
How to keep the garden looking its best for a last hurrah of the season
Create a coastal corner
This month’s seaside theme uses shimmering eryngium, sedum and grasses
Plant up a vintage basket
Transform a car boot bargain by planting it up with lipstick-pink chrysanthemums, cyclamen and elegant grasses
Three inspirational gardens prove that September is a time of plenty, if you choose the right plants for colour and longevity
Take the easy route for wildlife
Simple changes that will save you time and effort, and are great for welcoming garden wildlife
Enjoy salads all year
Late-season crops to sow now for tasty winter salads and spring greens
Ask Garden Answers
Reader garden problems solved plus design solutions for an elegant garden that’s nature-friendly too
What to look for when investing in pruning kit – power saws and telescopic tree loppers
Buy a funky bird feeder now the cooler weather is approaching
Puzzles and prizes
Enter our crossword and wordsearch competitions to win a rustic Daisyboo garden lantern and Hayloft vouchers
Telly gardening versus the real world by columnist Helen Billiald
DON’T MISS OUR AUGUST ISSUE – ON SALE 20 July
Escape to your very own private desert island this month with our Hot & Tropical garden special. It’s fiilled with gorgeous jungle gardens to inspire you, exotic but hardy planting ideas and expert advice for how to look after these handsome plants over winter.
Add drama with hot border beauties
Grow your own jungly paradise featuring layers of leafy planting, theatrical hardy plants and hot-border perennials such as cannas, daylilies and dahlias.
Plant up some pokers
Rocket-like kniphofias will explode from your summer borders like spectacular fireworks. They come in traffic-light hues of yellow, orange, green and red and there’s one for every site and soil.
Meet the plants that bite back
From pitcher plants to Venus fly traps, carnivorous plants are not as difficult to grow as you might think. Nigel Cooper-Hewitt explains the golden rules of how to keep them thriving. Best of all, they’ll sort out those pesky house flies for you!
Design a jungly oasis
Smaller gardens are the perfect place to create a bold jungly look. We show how to create leafy special effects using ‘hardy allies’ and ‘tender treats’ such as cannas and banana plants, wooden accessories and vivid red flowers.
Plant a patio prairie
Upcycle an old apple crate with this stylish, drought-resistant container idea. We’ve used a wispy stipa, curly carex and cool blue fescue, alongside a miniature Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’
Create an exotic island border
Handsome Ricinus communis will turn heads in any setting, with its dark purple palmate leaves and spiky red sputnik fruits. Here we’ve planted it with rudbeckia and canna lilies for a theatrical border that oozes drama.
PLUS 24 pages of jungly reader gardens: East meets west in a colonial Muswell Hill courtyard; primitive plants create suburban chic; exotic paradise with views of Wembley; leafy sanctuary in Birmingham that’s built on a budget
Plant the perfect palette for year round colour
Follow our 10-step guide to create a succession of flowers in your garden to keep it looking its best
Grow a sultry sizzler
Fall in love with dazzling dahlias: there’s one for every garden! Wereveal the best cultivars for pots, borders and summer spectacle
Discover foliage colour
Who needs flowers when foliage comes in so many vibrant hues? From metallic blues and silvers to verdant greens, golds and ruby reds
Enjoy natural colour
Create a wildflower meadow from seed. Ian Hodgson explains the options – perennial and annual meadows - and steps to success
Celebrate summer with a seaside display
Bring the beach home using coastal plants that evoke the clifftops and sand dunes. Plant them in jaunty containers decorated with shells and seaside stripes
Plant a summer sorbet
This month’s border planner is a confection of soft pink and lilac flowers, such as blowsy phlox, echinacea and Mexican feathergrass
Beautiful gardens with colour theme borders
Don’t miss this trio of reader gardens which all celebrate colour in their own way. Our readers share their advice and tips on how to transform your own garden for maximum impact
Garden to visit
This month: Hampton Court Castle Gardens. A beautiful kitchen garden and historic formal terraces make this Staffordshire gem a fascinating showcase of planting
Identify your little brown birds
Can you recognize a sparrow from a dunnock? Here’s how to tell dowdier garden visitors apart
Plan a herb wheel
Create a herb patch that’s rich in flowers, flavour and scent. Plus: Gourmet growing ideas for the month
Your problems solved
Readers share their garden woes about pests, diseases and weeds… plus: dahlia care, hostas, lawns, fruit and veg
Design Solutions for a shady garden
Brighten up a gloomy patch with plants for shade, hard landscape and styling accessories. Garden designer Dawn Isaacs has some practical advice on how to turn a gloomy yard to a stylish courtyard
Make life easier
Watering gadgets can shave hours off your summer gardening chores. We bring you high tech hoses that won’t kink and will automatically rewind themselves. Hurray!
Our columnist Helen Billiald writes about why combining flower and foliage colours is so much fun
This special issue of Garden Answers is packed with ideas for gardeners who love the cottage garden look – relaxed, colourful and full of flowers.
CELEBRATE COTTAGE STYLE
Get the laidback look with frothy flowers and salvage finds. Choose from sophisticated urban to classic country or pared back coastal cottage styles. We bring you the plants to create each look, plant combinations to emphasise the mix of flower shapes and tips on how to get a natural look when planting.
GET CREATIVE WITH SALVAGE
Scour flea markets and salvage yards for planters, quirky ornaments and stylish climbing frames. We show what’s available, how to use it and what to pay.
BRING ON THE SUNSHINE
Plant a rustic wicker hanging basket with sizzling hot flowers such as honey-coloured gerberas, yellow sanvitalia and orange calibrachoa. Team them with a bronze carex for a display that will shine whatever the weather.
DESIGN THE PERFECT COTTAGE BORDER
Mix and match flower shapes to create a feeling of plenty in your borders, adding texture and visual interest. We detail the effects to go for – frothy frills, punctuation points, contrasts of uprights and horizontals using dazzling daisies, poppies and sweet peas plus lofty lupins.
RING THE CHANGES WITH CAMPANULAS
These pretty bell shaped flowers are loved by bees and come in summery shades of blue, pink and purest white. Val Bourne casts her expert eye over what’s available and picks her favourites for hardiness, sunshine, shade and groundcover.
COLOUR FOR THE PATIO
Tender annual bedding plants can be a useful source of colour for the summer patio. We’ve picked some tasteful combinations you might like – in blue, purple and white… nothing gaudy we promise!
CREATE A SPA FOR BIRDS & BEES
Treat garden wildlife to an easy water feature – a birdbath in a Belfast sink, a shallow pebble ‘scrape’ or dustbin lid will give them somewhere to bathe and drink. They’re quick, easy and won’t break your back to build.
NEW GOURMET VEG
There’s a host of bold new flavours to grow at home these days – plants such as perilla, celtuce and agretti can really fire up your tastebuds. We bring you a whole smorgasbord of leafy lovelies that will perk up your summer dishes – Plus how to sow pak choi and protect your veg from pests.
This month’s gardens all have a cottage feel – using coloruful favourites such as aquilegias, lupins and lilies. There’s plenty of inspiration to create beautiful planting combinations at home.
GIVE A MODERN PLOT some RUSTIC CHARM
Garden designer Tim Newbury joins us this month to show us a design for a family garden packed with colour and rustic charm.
This special issue of Garden Answers is devoted to our favorite annual flower show, and is packed with ideas from Chelsea to use in your own garden.
Enjoy a sneak preview
We’ve interviewed all the top show garden designers about their designs for 2016 – including gold-medal winners Cleve West, Diarmuid Gavin, Andy Sturgeon and Chris Beardshaw. They’ll all be aiming for the prestigious Best in Show award this year – so why not have a look at the sketches and tell us which one you prefer?! As well as garden sketches we’ve included key plants and colour palettes to use at home.
Go behind the scenes
Last year’s Best in Show garden, Urban Retreat, was created by multiple gold medal-winner Adam Frost. He takes us behind the scenes to show us diagrams, planting plans and photos of his apprentices building the garden.
Get show garden chic, for less
We share our top picks of stylish furniture, modern planters, lighting, water features and ornaments that you can buy online or on the high street for everyday prices.
Add Chelsea wow
Inject some Chelsea wow right now, using atmospheric lights, silky smooth or rippling water surfaces, digging out deeper borders and planting in odd numbers like the design professionals.
Pick your perfect partners
Chelsea designers have a real knack for putting wonderful perennials together for the last week in May – some of them of course are kept in the fridge to slow their flowers down, while others are brought on in a balmy greenhouse. In this feature we show some of the most spectacular planting partnerships from last year’s Chelsea.