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Garden Answers’ April issue is all about making your gardening life easier. In our Easy pleasers feature we’ve flagged up our favourite plants that will take care of themselves, from happy-go-lucky self-seeders to non-nonsense shrubs and perennials. We also reveal our top 10 gardening hacks to make light work of chores such as watering, tool care and protection from pests.

IN THIS ISSUE

Celebrate romance A riot of spring bulbs is guaranteed to bring an elegant rose bower to life

Be inspired by… a bouncy border of euphorbias, tulips and alliums, chartreuse shopping, plants in flower now, foliage for spring, Easter in a basket and diary dates

Fill your garden with easy pleasers Use good-natured annuals, perennials and shrubs as the backbone for every planting scheme. Here’s how to save effort with easy plants

Top 10 ways to make life easier Save time, money and effort with these nifty gardening hacks

Choose the perfect primrose
 Primulas come in a dazzling choice of shapes and colours

What to do this month Start a cutting garden, lay turf and put
in plant supports. It’s a good time to divide perennials too

Pot up some pastels Welcome spring with a successional, layered display of white daffodils, pink tulips and scillas

Boost spring greens with a flash 
of white This elegant border relies on clipped box, fresh hostas and lily-white tulips. Here’s how to plant it step by step

“We’ve created our dream garden” A pretty country garden in Cumbria has fabulous views both within and beyond its boundaries

“Our container garden is a feast of colour” Potted spring bulbs, shrubs and perennials create an Italianate feel in this leafy courtyard garden

“Colours should be bold and bright” Tulips in dazzling citrus shades create seasonal wow in a smart formal garden

Visit Alnwick This fairytale pleasure garden is charming in spring

Quick & easy wildlife wins Here are some simple ways 
to welcome wildlife – at a price 
that won’t break the bank

Grow nature’s fast food Peas are quick to sow and harvest, packed with flavour fresh from the pod

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening questions

Border Rescue Flesh out spring borders with pretty biennials and early foliage plants

Design Solutions How to make space for a pretty cut flower patch

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening questions

Border Rescue Flesh out spring borders with pretty biennials and early foliage plants

Design Solutions How to make space for a pretty cut flower patch

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Buyers’ Guide to hedgetrimmers Save time and effort with a cordless battery-powered or electric trimmer

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Garden view New columnist 
Alex Mitchell takes a tongue-in-chic look at gardening fashions


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