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Meet the stars of late summer in this month’s Garden Answers. We show you the gorgeous gap-fillers that will keep borders brimming with colour right into autumn, the top 10 grasses to create drama and hardy geraniums for reliable flowers month after month. Turn plastic guttering into a ‘living wall’ and create a sensational September border with dahlias and verbena. Create a frog and toad abode for the garden and start off autumn crops now for months of delicious homegrown produce. 

Celebrate floating flowers Hot pink monardas and echinaceas seem to float among wispy and feathery foliage

Be inspired by… Sunshine yellows, precious metals, plants in flower now, partners for midsummer magic, a seedhead quiz and September dates for your diary

Meet the stars of late summer Keep borders brimming with texture, shape and colour as the season slows. Val Bourne shares her advice on planning ahead

Plant cranesbills for an easy life Hardy geraniums will reward you with flowers for months on end

Create drama with grasses Ornamental grasses are a key component of garden design. Here’s our pick of the best

Celebrate dahlias Dahlia festivals are the ideal time to see these beauties in bloom

What to do this month Tidy the garden, make a leafmould bin and collect attractive seedheads

Make a living wall Plastic guttering offers a cheap but cheerful planter for small succulents. We show how

Create a September sensation Let dazzling dahlias and verbena brighten your borders this month

“We’ve chosen plants from around the world” This quintessentially English garden boasts rare and unusual plants from overseas

“In summer, there’s no place I’d rather be” A creative oasis with a maze, bridge, treehouse and fernery

“We’ve planted our own jungle paradise” Tree ferns, banana plants and palms create a leafy backdrop in this vibrant garden

Garden to visit Easton Walled Gardens in Lincolnshire is full of exciting new ideas

Create a frog & toad abode Find out how to make amphibians feel more at home in your garden, with a pond, damp shade and shelter

Autumn crops to start now Sow leafy greens in September to enjoy three seasons of harvest

Ask Garden Answers Send us your gardening queries and weeding woes; our experts will solve them

Border Rescue Create a sunny hot-themed border with colour-co-ordinated red and purple plants

Design Solutions Use foliage to give your garden a stylish new look

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Buy the right water feature Bring your garden to life with a water feature. Here’s what to look for

Pop goes the colour! Brighten up the patio with colourful planters

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Over to you Readers share their gardening triumphs and tribulations to win an RSPB bird feeder or Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Win a stylish Elho rain barrel or £50 Hayloft vouchers in our crossword and wordsearch competitions

Garden view “Bulb shopping is my guilty pleasure,” says Helen Billiald


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