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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