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This month we look at the easy plants for autumn drama - the seedheads that will bring shape and structure to borders as grasses and flowers begin to fade. There are stylish new partners for asters, elegant plants for an Oriental look and our expert pick of sedums (hylotelephiums) for every garden. We bring you advice on growing a mini orchard on the patio and explore what we can all do for neighbourhood hedgehogs.
IN THIS ISSUE
Celebrate begonias These dazzling tender perennials make a dramatic additon to borders and will last until the frosts
Be inspired by… Adorable asters, lustrous leaves, flaming reds and sultry blues, colourful grasses and Japanese maples
Enjoy the drama of seedheads These autumn treasures hold the secret to next year’s new plants
One plant, three ways Team asters with actaea, gypsophila or sedums for a range of atmospheric effects
Give your garden the Oriental look Bring elegance and tranquillity to the garden with Japan-easy plants
Grow a seasonal chameleon Find out why sedums are the colour-shifters of the autumn garden
What to do this month Clear leaves, revive lawns and lift and divide perennials to make more
Sow your free sweet peas Get a head start on next year’s flowers by overwintering them as seedlings
Plant an easy autumn barrel Celebrate the season by growing bronze plants in a rustic container
Grow flowers to catch the sunshine Plant yellow-flowered rudbeckias with red-berrying hypericum to get autumn off to a flying start
“I fell in love with prairie style” This country garden uses a tapestry of perennials and grasses for natural colour and movement
“I’ve created gardens within a garden” Valley views, formal lawns and adventurous planting add drama in this vibrant garden
“It’s my garden for all seasons” This elegant garden is a celebration of flowers and foliage for autumn
Garden to visit The former home of Rudyard Kipling, Bateman’s is full of historic flourishes
Create a home for hogs Let’s all do our bit for hedgehogs! Surveys suggest that British gardens are the last refuge for our prickly friends
Grow an orchard on the patio No gourmet garden is complete without an apple tree. Here’s how to buy the right bareroot cultivar
Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening questions
Border rescue Bring an autumn border to life with pink flowers
Design solutions Mix fruit, flowers and veg to create a stylish potagerSubscribe to Garden Answers Save £19.30 when you subscribe
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Buyers’ Guide to decking Choose decking for style and longevity. Here’s what’s good, in wood
Store tools beautifully Save space in a small garden with our pick of the best mini sheds on the market
100 free* allium bulbs worth £19.99 Plus other money-saving plant offers. *Just pay postage
Choose plants for autumn silhouettes Save money on rudbeckia, eryngium and miscanthus, plus alliums
Over to you Readers share their stories and photos, for a chance to win an RSPB feeding station or a fab pair of Felco secateurs
Puzzles and prizes Win a memory game from Laurence King or a £50 voucher from Hayloft Plants
Garden view Love nature? Helen Billiald has gone organic in a bid to save her garden wildlife
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