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Don’t put your garden to bed this winter! Our Christmas special is full of festive decorating ideas using natural garlands, wreaths and baubles from the garden, as well as easy gifts to make, such as fragrant lavender soap and rose petal bath confetti. Our gift guide is full of lovely present ideas for gardeners and we’ve got a special extended garden puzzle section with word games and riddles to solve to win a gardening hamper. All this, plus seasonal planting ideas, winter garden inspiration, must-have evergreens and cute little conifers for winter structure.

Celebrate shapes Structural shapes are a key design tool in winter, bringing order and rhythm to fading herbaceous beds

Be inspired by… winter texture; fancy pot feet; new evergreens; frostproof flowers; diary dates and how to rent a Christmas tree. Plus: win a year’s supply of Sarah Raven seeds worth £99!

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas Deck the house with natural items for an eco-friendly yuletide that won’t cost the earth

Easy gifts from the garden Feeling creative? Set aside time to make gifts with a festive, personal touch

Cuddle up to a cute conifer Don’t let lofty leylandii put you off these easy evergreens! There are plenty of handsome dwarf conifers for year-round interest

What to do this month Plant up festive winter displays, prune dormant shrubs and keep a look out for pesky greenhouse pests

Pruning made easy: amelanchier Remove rubbing and congested stems of this spring-flowering shrub

Celebrate the season of fire & ice Conifers and grasses team with fiery red nandina in this frosty planting scheme

“The garden looks so magical in frost” A thick hoar frost transforms this historic garden into an atmospheric wonderland

“It’s a cottage garden with a formal twist” This attractive farmhouse garden uses smart evergreens for shape and texture

“Our garden comes alive in winter” Bark, stems and berries form the mainstay of winter interest in this stylish garden

Garden to visit From the festive illuminations to the heated glasshouses, there are lots of reasons to visit Kew this Christmas

“The local fox keeps tabs on my garden progress” Despite contracting a virus and cracking a rib, Adrian Thomas has made huge strides toward creating his own wildlife haven

Enjoy a whiff of success, with garlic These pungent bulbs have flavoured our food since Roman times. Here’s why it’s worth making space for a row or two

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Design Solutions Spheres and circles can make a small boxy garden look smart and cohesive

Gardeners’ Christmas Gift Guide Spoil yourself with these gardening goodies; here’s our annual pick of festive shopping ideas

Buy a pair of standard holly trees £10 off and free pots (*£6.99 p&p)

Liven up your winter garden with two festive camellias Save up to £8

Over to you Write to us and you could win fab new Felco secateurs, and RSPB bird food

Puzzles and prizes Enter our Christmas puzzles to win an Ego leaf blower, Hayloft vouchers and a hamper of gardening goodies

Garden view Squirrels have taken a shine to Andrea Blackie’s tulip bulbs, so she’s potting up by stealth

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November 2019

November 2019

This month’s issue celebrates the onset of autumn in the garden – all those fabulous little seasonal changes that lift the spirits even on a grey day. We’ve got all the key plants you need to make an autumn statement – from shocking scarlet Japanese maples to vibrant sorbus, pink nerines and purple asters. We’ve got three stunning planting partners for golden rudbeckia and a kaleidoscopic border planner that proves autumn can be just as colourful as any other time of year. Plus there’s our new step by step pruning series and all your favourites – stunning reader gardens, wildlife, design solutions and our expert Q&A.

Be inspired by… Firework beauties, practical fire pits, new flowers in vintage colours, festoon lights to win, chatter & natter tables, our foliage ID quiz and diary dates

Make an autumn statement Fill your garden with late flowers and flamboyant foliage. Here’s how

Grow slender sedges These doughty evergreens provide a handsome presence 

Three ways with rudbeckia Black-eyed Susan makes a dazzling partner for autumn plants

What to do this month Plant bareroot shrubs, insulate the greenhouse and make seasonal hanging baskets

Pruning made easy Deciduous berberis is a prickly shrub that needs thinning and shaping.
Our expert shows how

Create an autumn rainbow Pink anemones, blue aconitums, grasses, autumn foliage and berries create a colourful corner. Here’s how to get the look

Plan the perfect path TV gardener Adam Frost shares his expert tips on designing walkways for garden access

“Life’s too short for watering” This low-maintenance city garden is full of creative ideas for an easier gardening life

“There’s always something new to discover” Wafty grasses and purple flowers create prairie-style drama in this stylish autumn garden 

“We don’t like to rush things” This smart country garden is full of ideas for autumn; it’s a labour of love

Garden to visit November is the perfect time to visit the Sir Harold Hillier gardens: here’s why!

Grow nature’s pick ’n’ mix Every autumn the garden fills with a tantalising mix of colourful berries. Here are the birds’ favourites

Pick a pear Grow these crisp, aromatic fruits for a juicy autumn harvest. Here’s how to train them

Ask Garden Answers Experts answer your gardening questions

Border rescue Informal prairie-style planting gives this empty front garden a sense of purpose – and keeps the dogs off!

Design Solutions Turn your garden on the diagonal to create the illusion of space

Subscribe! Enjoy a year’s supply of planting ideas and garden inspiration for just £3 per month

Buyers’ Guide to compost bins Transform plant waste into garden gold with the right compost bin

Leafy hosta collection – Get five FREE* bareroot plants (worth £11.99). *Just pay postage

Four duo fruit trees to pick These grafted ‘duo’ trees allow you to grow two different cultivars on the same fruit tree!

Over to you Send us your gardening thoughts and ideas to win RSPB bird food and Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Win gardening goodies in our crossword and wordsearch competitions

Garden view Tool abuser Alex Mitchell explains why she doesn’t deserve a nice pair of secateurs

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This month we’re celebrating all the best things about autumn: the bleached-blonde grasses that sway in the breeze, the blushing foliage and architectural seedheads that create a sculptural presence in borders. We also take a look at the latest spring bulb collections to plant and the essential bulb planting kit to buy. Here’s a taster…

Be inspired by… a fiery autumn border, bulb tools, a vintage planter and our black flower quiz. Plus a chance to design and win your own gardening gloves! 

Discover plants that grow old gracefully Choose from late-season blondes, blushing beauties and architectural seedheads

Fall in love with feathery pennisetums These tufty grasses aren’t always hardy, so here are our favourites for looks and longevity

Three ways with Japanese anemones These autumn beauties are often planted alone. For a more integrated look, try these ideas

What to do this month Move shrubs, mulch borders, plant peonies and prepare for autumn

Hardwood cuttings Propagate new shrubs by taking cuttings from roses, fruit bushes and climbers

Plan your plants Adam Frost shares expert advice on planning and planting a new garden

Plant a little autumn sunshine Team rudbeckias with asters for a daisy display that’ll last to the frosts

“The whole garden sways in the wind” This unusual garden is filled with wafty, ethereal grasses

“There are surprises at every turn” Expect seasonal treats and wildlife galore in this colourful woodland garden  

“We’ve gone for an architectural look” A stylish suburban oasis with bamboos, clipped photinia and hakonechloas

Garden to Visit Wakehurst is Kew’s spectacular country cousin, and it comes alive in autumn

Create a hedgerow habitat 
Garden boundaries can offer wildlife access, food and shelter. Here’s how to improve them

Go crazy for nuts! Plant walnuts, cobnuts and hazelnuts for a harvest with more crunch

Ask Garden Answers Your questions answered by our experts

Border Rescue We solve a 1970s’ style conundrum, with conifers

Design Solutions Make the most of a tricky, sloping front garden with grasses and easy evergreens

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Buyers’ Guide: lawn tools Use the right kit to scarify and aerate your lawn this autumn

Garden view A little bit of Latin can be fun, says our columnist Pam Richardson

Don't miss our September issue on sale 21 August

8-pack seed collection with selected supermarket issues

8-pack seed collection with selected supermarket issues

This month’s magazine focuses on creating some late-summer sparkle in the garden. We’ve got hundreds of planting ideas that prove the show isn’t over until the frosts arrive! Choose from flowers in rampant red and lipstick pink, exuberant yellow and orange, and powerful purple and blue for super-chic colour-coordinated schemes. Elsewhere this issue we have pruning advice to rejuvenate woody lavender (see below), a handsome bug hotel made using a gabion, expert advice from telly gardener Adam Frost on using layers and a bee-friendly border pollinators will love. All this and more in this month’s issue!

Be inspired by… a border full of pink ‘fizz’, new plants in pastel shades, a crate container idea, dahlia festivals and plant quiz. Plus, win a Foscot firepit worth £100! 

Discover nature’s jewel box Colours sparkle in September’s warm, crisp sunlight. Here’s how to make the most of it

Dare to dazzle, with salvias Brightly coloured salvias boost summer borders and sustain late-flying pollinators

What to do this month Plant spring bulbs, tidy the pond and prepare for the season ahead. It’s also time to lift and divide perennials

Pruning made easy: lavender Trim and tidy these fragrant woody perennials as soon as the bees lose interest. Our expert shows how

Get creative, with layers Planning to create a new border? Adam Frost explains how to make your planting school look balanced and natural, with layering

Plant a bed for pollinators Choose bee-pleasing blush and blue flowers for a soothing end-of-summer treat

“Tender flowers fill our garden with colour” Exotic plants weave through these lush borders, creating a bold and colourful look

“We love to mix traditional with tropical” Foliage plays a key role in this city plot, filled with tropical, oriental and herbaceous plants

“We wanted a towering canopy of palms” A dense canopy of tropical plants gives this stylish modern garden a lush jungly feel

Garden to visit: Powis Castle The grounds of this historic castle are full of inspirational planting

Who’s living in your compost heap? Composting creates homes for minibeasts and food for birds

Build a smart new bug hotel Welcome beneficial insects with this handsome insect home from seedheads and salvage scraps

Make space for blackberries Cultivated blackberries offer sweet fruits and prickle-free stems

Design Solutions Our design guru shows how to squeeze a greenhouse and four veg beds into a small ornamental garden

Give your lawn an edge Read our buyers’ guide to edging tools

Garden view Alex Mitchell explains why it’s not easy being ‘green’


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Our August issue will transport you to the tropics: mixing hardy palms, ferns, bamboos and vines with exotic tender flowers to create jungle drama wherever you live. Just in time for your holidays, we reveal the top 10 plants your neighbours can’t kill, and a feature on how to choose the best bee-pleasing hollyhocks. Plus, it’s time to prune those naughty whippy stems off your wisteria – we show you how!

Celebrate jungle drama Boost late summer borders with lush foliage and sizzling hot flowers for a bold adventure in colour and contrast

Be inspired by… a vibrant red border, shopping ideas, new plants, a pond in a pot, a fun quiz on tropical plants, diary dates and a bistro set worth £229.97 to win!

Get the tropical look Create your own private paradise by teaming hardy palms, ferns, bamboos and vines with exotic, tender beauties

Meet the top 10 plants you can’t kill These robust plants will fill you garden with flowers and fragrance and ask for little in return

Please the bees with mallows These elegant spires have a blowsy cottage garden appeal

What to do this month Trim hedges and sow hardy annuals

Pruning made easy: wisteria We explain the seasonal pruning needs of these whippy climbers

Plant a summer sensation with hot chocolate Lemon yellow and brown flowers make a surprisingly sumptuous combination

Create your own vertical garden Brighten up a sheltered corner with a chic bedding plant display

Love your bugs! Create a warmer welcome for these beautiful mini beasts. Here’s a helpful ID guide to sort the naughty from the nice

Grow a taste of Asia Oriental greens perk up mealtimes and tantalise your tastebuds

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Add drought-tolerant evergreens to boost colour

Design solutions Transform a south-facing suntrap with Mediterranean plants

Subscribe to Garden Answers Just £3 an issue!

Buyers’ Guide to fences and screens Create beautiful boundaries with these elegant options

Get the tropical look for £44.97 Buy this trio of exciting plants from the Garden News shop – save £30!

Passiflora perfection Add exotic drama with the heady scent and stunning blooms of passion flowers

Save 20% on late season potatoes Choose any 3 packs for £12

Grow stunning saffron crocus Save 25% on these precious blooms

Over to you Readers share their stories and photos to
win gardening goodies

Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch to win vouchers from Dobbies and Hayloft

Garden view My husband is obsessed with the lawn, says columnist Lucy Summers

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Look out for our special 8-seed pack issues in selected supermarkets

Look out for our special 8-seed pack issues in selected supermarkets

Get your sunglasses at the ready: this month’s magazine is full of colourful ideas to perk up your garden! From eye-popping plant combinations to dazzling dahlias and clematis, a red and purple planting scheme and rainbow vegetables, there’s a full kaleidoscope of inspiration to be had. Our three reader gardens offer exciting ideas to try at home, and there are colourful bugs, birds and butterflies to discover too. Don’t miss our vibrant ‘colour pop’ garden design, it’s a celebration of orange and pink in a small suburban plot.  


Celebrate colour The painterly flourishes of this Piet Oudolf planting scheme give it the look
of an Impressionist masterpiece

Be inspired by… ruby and rose flowers, rusty ornaments, new plants, diary dates and our tender plants quiz. Plus: win a picnic set from Sophie Allport!

Must-have plants for carefree colour Take a bold and adventurous approach to ‘difficult’ colours for borders that shine

Dare to dazzle with dahlias From blowsy cactus and waterlily types to singles and tight little pompoms, dahlias can’t be beaten for colour choice and shape

Grow a vibrant viticella These good-natured climbers are ideal for small gardens, hiding fences with masses of flowers

What to do this month Keep an eye on watering and weeding this month, tame your lawn and tie in dahlias as they grow

Tidy summer shrubs Now’s the time to prune back early-flowering shrubs. Here’s what to do

Create your own colour box Team these vibrant flowers for
a high voltage, hard-working midsummer border

“Our borders are buzzing with wildlife” This prairie-style garden has a light and airy feel thanks to its billowing, bee-friendly borders

“I wanted to create a sense of journey” This long, narrow plot is full of colourful twists and turns

“It’s a blaze of colour all summer” A collection of 350 hostas fills this stylish garden with tactile foliage

Borde Hill These glittering gardens erupt with colour in spring, followed by fragrant roses and sumptuous summer borders

Discover nature’s paintbox  Welcome colourful creatures into your garden. They’ll bring dazzling hues and the buzz of biodiversity

Grow a rainbow in the veg patch Colourful fruit and veg are key to a healthy diet. Here’s our pick of the crops to grow at home

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening questions

Border Rescue Small trees and climbers rescue an overlooked plot

Design Solutions Introduce colour with flowers, foliage and a pink wall

Beat drought with automatic watering Make sure plants don’t
go thirsty, with an irrigation system

Freshen up your woodwork! Brighten up the garden by painting fences, sheds and furniture the latest colourful shades

Grow clematis ‘Little Lemons’ This dainty climber is ideal for pots

Stunning 3-litre shrubs Buy 3 for £30 or 6 for £48

Save money on Chelsea plants Buy 2019 winner, sedum ‘Atlantis’

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos
to win secateurs and bird food   

Puzzles and prizes Win a Global Stone Light for the garden, or Hayloft plants and vouchers

Garden view Don’t let the colour wheel boss you about, says our columnist Alex Mitchell


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Our cottage garden special issue is full of ideas for relaxed, flower-filled borders this month. We’ve got all the favourites to use – from blowsy blooms to towering spires and frothy umbels – to get the cottage look. There are planting partners for foxgloves, tips on slug and snail-proof hostas, plus how to grow tasty and colourful kale crisps. All this plus shopping ideas, design solutions and our buyers’ guide to robot mowers.  


Celebrate self seeders Self-sown digitalis and nigella weave their magic between blowsy roses

Be inspired by… Stars, stripes and rockets, bygone treasures, new plants in coral, a succulent display and a set of cloches to win

Treat yourself to cottage favourites Mix fragrant blowsy blooms, towering spires and frothy umbels for a stunning mix of fabulous flowers all summer

Grow nature’s most luxuriant leaves You can’t beat hostas for fabulous foliage. Here’s our favourites for colour, fragrance and slug resistance

Three ways with foxgloves Let digitalis brighten up a shady (or part-shady) border

What to do this month There’s plenty of fun to be had – staking, feeding and watering

Sow little and often Sow additional seeds now for late-summer salads and herbs

Make a tool tidy on a shoestring Transform an old pallet with paint and screw-in fixings

Choose plants for a sultry sunset look Contrast rich plum with soft apricot for this dramatic colour scheme. Here’s how to plant it

“It’s like entering the Tardis” This wildlife-friendly paradise is packed with jungly plants and seems to go on forever

“The garden never stands still” With its croquet lawn, roses and handsome topiary this romantic garden has a relaxed but formal feel

“It’s been a labour of love” This stylish country garden is full of surprises and colourful planting

Garden to visit Kiftsgate Court erupts with colour and fragrance in June – it’s the ideal time to visit

Meet the stars of the garden pond Discover the water-loving creatures that bring your pond to life. Here’s a who’s who

Grow colourful kale This tasty garden favourite is as nutritious as it is good-looking

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Design Solutions Get the cottage look with mixed paving and a riot of plants, says our design guru

Border Rescue Evergreen hedging and flowering shrubs can revitalise a sunny, white-themed border

Subscribe to Garden Answers Enjoy the magazine for just £3 an issue, delivered to your door when you pay by direct debit

Relax, it’s a robot Use our buyers’ guide to navigate the world of robotic lawnmowers

Hardy gerbera collection Enjoy these fabulous daisies all summer long. Buy two sets and save £15

10 hardy perennials for £10* Plus: buy three of each plant to save a further £6. *Just pay £4.95 postage

Over to you Readers share their gardening triumphs to win RSPB bird food and Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Enter our prize crossword and wordsearch to win Heathcote & Ivory goodies and fuchsias and vouchers from Hayloft

Garden view Hens have so much personality, asserts columnist Julianne Robertson

Don't miss our Chelsea Special issue on sale 24 April

Our Chelsea Special issue

Our Chelsea Special issue

This issue we’re celebrating the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We’ve got sneak previews of the 2019 show gardens, exclusive interviews with award-winning designers, and inspirational photos showing the must-have plants to create some pizzazz in your own borders at home. We’ve got the latest shopping trends for show-garden chic and behind-the-scenes photos showing one of the gardens being built from scratch. So sit back and relax with a chilled glass of Pimm’s to savour the Chelsea magic, without having to lift so much as a finger.


Celebrate Chelsea Nic Howard’s atmospheric show garden last year used dramatic sculpture as a focal point, framed by birches, lupins and foxgloves

Be Inspired by… Spikes and spires, grey-themed shopping, new plants at Chelsea, elegant alliums, diary dates and a fun quiz: Native, or not?

Chelsea 2019 sneak preview This year’s top show garden designers share their signature plants, colour schemes and design ideas

Choose plants for designer wow! Inject some show garden glamour into borders with these must-have star plants

What to do this month Plant out hardy annuals, refresh woody herbs  and give leggy perennials a quick Chelsea Chop

Easy propagation Take leaf cuttings from succulents, African violets
and Begonia rex. Here’s how

My Chelsea diary We go behind the scenes to see how 2018’s Silent Pool Gin garden was made. Silver-gilt medal-winning designer David Neale shares favourite photos from his Instagram feed

Give cottage borders a stylish twist Choose cottage-garden favourites in summer’s palest pastel shades

“It’s a lush oasis in the city” Acers and ferns create structure in this small but perfectly formed urban garden

“We rescued our garden from the brambles” This stylish cottage garden is made from cuttings swaps and rescue plants

“The garden is our happy place” A Hobbit house and circular moongate create drama in this sunny suburban garden

Go wild about Chelsea This year’s show gardens are packed with ideas for ‘getting back to nature’ but how do they measure up for wildlife? We take a critical look

Give your veg patch Chelsea style From trained fruit and vertical salads to posh planters brimming with edible flowers, Chelsea is full of creative ideas

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your questions

Border Rescue Reader Andre Narchi wants more blooms in his summer border

Design Solutions Turn your lawn into an easy-care prairie-style meadow, says our design guru

Get the Chelsea look Bring style and panache to your garden with a few designer pieces and budget-friendly accessories

10 free pinks and snips worth £24.97 – just pay postage. Plus: special offers on a wide range of exciting perennials

Add some show garden glamour Buy Pacific Giant delphiniums and Hardenbergia violacea to save £15

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos

Puzzles & prizes Win a hedgehog home from The Posh Shed Co and salvias and a £30 voucher from

Garden View Don’t take Chelsea too seriously, says new columnist Alex Mitchell


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This month’s issue explores how to make the most of a small garden, with reliable plants and clever design ideas to create the perfect relaxation zone. Our three reader gardens are all tiny too: dazzling examples of how to create the perfect leafy oasis that’s packed with personality. Elsewhere, there’s advice on filling border gaps with frothy filigree plants, buying the right secateurs and how to welcome home hungry migrant birds such as warblers, swifts and swallows. Plus all your favourites!


Relax in style Create a relaxation zone with leafy shrubs, fragrant flowers and soothing water

Be inspired by… a profusion of purple, sweet but chic shopping,
in flower now, six of the best spring climbers, a pallet planter and diary dates. Plus win a Yellow Book

Make the most of a small garden Most British gardens are tiny, but don’t dispair! Follow our tips for creating drama on a small scale

Scale the heights with a montana These clematis are rampant climbers, smothered in pink or white flowers in May. We pick the best for fragrance and flowers

Grow filigree fillers These light and airy annuals create a frothy look in borders. Here’s our favourites for filling gaps

What to do this month It’s time to divide primroses, plant out sweet peas, harden off seedlings, mulch, and let bulbs die back naturally

Sow biennials from seed Sow honesty, foxgloves and forget-me-knots to enjoy beautiful flowers next spring

Brighten up a shady corner Mix textural ferns with colourful shade-tolerant flowers to create this month’s Border Planner

“Our garden has bags of personality” Themed spaces, salvage treasures and lush planting make the most of this narrow plot in Chelmsford, Essex

“I’ve turned my patio into a jungle!” Tree ferns, houseplants and Fatsia japonica create leafy layers in this small but verdant oasis in Barnsbury, north London

“Our tiny garden is bright as a jewel” Mosaic tiles, cobalt-blue walls and travel souvenirs give this bijoux garden a Moroccan look, in Brighton, East Sussex

Garden to visit Arundel Castle in West Sussex provides a dramatic backdrop for a spectacular garden. Don’t miss the tulip festival this month!

Create a warmer welcome Some of our favourite birds travel vast distances to join us in our gardens. Discover the wonders of migration

Grow your own crops in pots Turn your patio into a productive patch with salads, fruit and veg in containers. Here’s how to keep them alive

Ask Garden Answers Your questions answered by our experts

Design Solutions Turn a tricky slope into gravel terraces filled with chic Japanese plants, says design guru Louisa Gilhooly

Subscribe to Garden Answers and we’ll send you a set of Sophie Conran Gubbins Pots worth £22.99

Buyers’ Guide Make sure your cuts are clean and sharp every time by choosing the right secateurs

100 free summer flowering bulbs – worth £19.99 - just pay p&p

Boost flower power with these reblooming shrubs Save up to £18!

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos  

Puzzles and prizes Win a solar pillar lamp and Hayloft vouchers 

Garden view Some plants need a botanical ASBO, says Nicola Stocken


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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.


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

Subscribe to Garden Answers 
Take out a subscription and we’ll send you a snazzy pair of Burgon & Ball secateurs worth £19.99. They’re orange so you won’t lose them!

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

Puzzles and prizes Enter our  crossword and wordsearch to win goodies from Hozelock and Hayloft

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


Create a spring sensation with our timely advice on the buds, bulbs and blossom that will give your garden a colourful new look. Plus – ideas for creating privacy, how to grow perfect patio tomatoes, gardening with hungry wildlife and three gorgeous reader gardens!


Celebrate dancing daffodils Capture the wild, countryside look in your garden by encouraging narcissi to colonise the lawn

Be inspired by… a shady path, tags & labels, plants in flower now, trends for 2019, a houseplant quiz and diary dates for March

Create a spring sensation! Bulbs, buds and blossom bring fresh energy into the spring garden. Val Bourne reveals her favourites for colour

Grow sunshine on a stem Daffodils are harbingers of spring, raising the spirits after the gloom of winter. Here’s our top 10

Choose little blue beauties Scilla, chionodoxa, muscari and Iris reticulata bring a flash of vivid colour to pots and borders

What to do this month Plant summer bulbs, start an alpine trough and tidy up perennials

Plant a tub in gold & blue These classic spring colours provide a cheery welcome on your doorstep

Prune now for colourful stems Encourage bright new growth with your secateurs!

Bring bare soil to life with little gems Cultivate a collection of bright hepaticas and cyclamen

“It’s inspirational on a human scale” The Tudor manor house at East Lambrook is surrounded by cottage-style planting ideas

“Bulbs are the secret to spring colour” Rare and unusual bulbs fill the borders of this country idyll 

“The garden looks amazing in spring” Colour-themed borders and a host of lakeside flowers bring this garden to life in March

Visit Caerhays This picturesque Cornish coastal garden is full of exciting plants for spring colour

Garden in harmony with our furry friends Don’t let deer, badgers or bunnies put you off gardening! Here’s how to coexist happily

Grow fresh, sweet tomatoes These juicy fruits are the perfect patio crop. Here’s how to get bumper harvests every time

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Silver-leaved plants transform a blossom-filled front garden into a showstopper

Design solutions Make a garden more private with small trees, large shrubs and naturalised bulbs

Buyers’ guide to sowing kits We nominate five essentials that will help boost germination rates

Over to you Share your gardening triumphs, tribulations and photos for a chance to win RSPB bird food or Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Win a Burgon & Ball sowing kit and plants from Hayloft Plants in our competitions

Garden view Bedding can be both theatrical and exuberant, says our columnist Kendra Wilson



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Boost your winter flower count this month by planting dainty-looking bulbs, pretty shrubs and perennials that flower in the depths of winter. This issue we bring colour and fragrance to your borders and choose our favourite romantic roses to plant for Valentine’s Day. There’s seasonal inspiration from our three reader gardens, advice on how to choose and grow potatoes, design solutions for a formal front garden and an exciting wildlife feature on sparrowhawks, plus all your favourites!


Celebrate frosted plumes Grasses can provide colour, texture and movement in the winter garden

Be inspired by… a woodland dell, chic storage, plants in flower now, hellebores, RHS Harlow Carr, a soft plants quiz and diary dates for Feb

Boost your winter flower count 
Fill your garden with flowers and fragrance this season. Here’s our pick of shrubs and perennials

Enjoy a cup of colour Cheerful crocuses are a treat, with species that bloom from autumn to spring

Add romance with a rose Valentine’s Day is the perfect 
time to plant one!

Make the most of ophiopogon 
Create a little black magic with 
this dramatic, versatile evergreen. We’ve got four easy planting ideas

What to do this month Plan summer pot displays, prune early clematis and give patio pavers 
an early ‘spring’ clean

Plant a stylish barrel Give a rustic wooden planter a chic new twist with black pansies and silver-green foliage plants. Here’s how

Plant winter treasures in amethyst & gold These opulent February flowers will shrug off snow and ice. Here’s how to create the look

“The garden never stands still” 
Even in winter this spectacular garden is full of colour and drama

“Our woodland haven is full of happy memories” Every plant has a story to tell in this leafy haven

“Green architecture creates interest all year round” Grasses and evergreens help to organise this stylish garden into route-ways, vistas and destinations

Garden to visit With its historic beginnings, vibrant bulbs and hellebores, Mottisfont is a must!

Keep watch for sparrowhawks These sharp-eyed predators sometimes visit gardens – here’s what they’re looking for...

Celebrate spuds! The humble British potato is no great beauty, but it’s easy, reliable and tasty too

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Give a tired border a new lease of life by pruning shrubs and adding perennials

Design solutions Formal geometry brings a sense of order to a small front garden

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Buyers’ guide to small greenhouses These compact structures offer cosy conditions for tender plants, cuttings and seedlings

Free* peony collection worth £19.99 and other offers on flowering plants. *Just pay p&p

Snowdrops in the green twinpack 
250 bulbs for just £39.96!

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos to win bird food from the RSPB and a fab new pair of Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch competitions to win goodies

Garden view Gardening wisdom 
is a hard-won thing. Naomi Slade shares some useful advice


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Boost your winter garden with colourful evergreens – here we explore the many ways they contribute to structure and drama, including grasses, topiary, hedging, and colourful foliage in silver, green and gold. Also this month – how to get ready for frost, make birds welcome with nextboxes, the art of planning your veg patch and winter planting ideas to brighten up the patio.


Celebrate winter magic An icy  dusting of frost creates a light, monochromatic look in the garden, like a sprinkling of stardust in the depths of winter

Be inspired by… A tapestry of  gold, calendars & diaries, bark, plants in flower now, gorgeous galanthus and our lookalikes quiz

Celebrate evergreens Topiary, hedging, grasses and groundcover all give the winter garden much-needed structure

Create woodland drama with wintergreen ferns These feathery unfurling beauties are indispensable for shady corners

Get ready for frost When temperatures dip our gardens 
are transformed by frost. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on

What to do this month Order dahlias, tidy wisteria and make a bean trench

Plant a January basket These dainty blooms will bring flowers and fragrance to your patio

Make a statement with bamboo and euphorbia Create structural interest with dramatic evergreens

Clean and sharpen your secateurs These trusty tools are a gardener’s best friend – but only if they’re sharp

“It’s full of plants for winter interest” This Arts & Crafts garden at York Gate in Leeds offers a treat 
at every turn

“We wanted to create a natural look” Thousands of snowdrops carpet this atmospheric 
woodland idyll in winter

“Pruning is the secret to good structure” Lines are crisp and silhouettes clean in this historic Hertfordshire garden

Garden to visit Tresco Abbey is a unique subtropical paradise

Choose the right nestbox Make life a little easier for garden birds by preparing some guest accommodation for spring

Travel the world with your tastebuds Let 2019 be the year your veg patch embarks on an overseas adventure! Here’s how to plan your crops for next year

Ask Garden Answers Expert answers for your gardening queries

Border Rescue Red cornus stems make a flamboyant statement, but what can you plant with them?

Design Solutions Plan now for a fruit-filled summer garden

Subscribe to Garden Answers Enjoy this magazine with a third off the price when you subscribe – it makes a brilliant Christmas gift too!

Buyers’ guide to winter gardening jackets Stay warm and dry while you’re gardening this winter

20 free* perennials Put the winter blues behind you with these great-value plants. *Just pay p&p

Must-have flowering evergreens Try these great deals on dwarf azaleas and eriostemon shrubs

Over to you Share your gardening triumphs, tribulations and photos for a chance to win RSPB bird food or Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch to win gardening goodies

Garden view Some plants are really annoying, says our new columnist Pam Richardson


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This month’s issue is full of festive excitement, from creating your own winter wonderland with plants for colour, shape and texture, to choosing your favourite Christmas gifts for green-fingered friends and family. We explore the colourful world of dogwoods and what to plant with hellebores to brighten up the patio. Plus: we look at the flavour bonus you get when growing heritage fruit & veg, and our new garden design guru creates a winter walk in a small suburban plot.


Celebrate winter sun 
For theatrical planting effects in the garden you can’t beat low-angled December sunlight

Be inspired by… Festive fireworks, firry friends, plants in flower now, diary dates and an ‘easy’ red berry quiz to test your ID skills

Create a winter paradise Use the short days and cool temperatures to focus on plants for shape, texture and colour

Make the most of hellebores 
The elegant white Christmas rose makes a sophisticated partner 
for silver-grey foliage, red berries and mini conifers

Raid the garden for festive decorations These exciting plants offer up some winter magic to raise the spirits this Christmas

Grow dashing dogwoods Stripped of their leaves, cornus take on a vital role in the winter garden
What to do this month It’s time to put in windbreaks, clear out the shed and plant an evergreen

Brighten up bare soil with heather and grasses Partner up reliable evergreens with cyclamen and shrubs for colour and fragrance

“Our garden is full of winter wildlife” Grasses and perennials create a stylish backdrop for this nature-friendly garden

“I love the garden’s sculptural geometry” Inspired by 17th-century Dutch design, this elegant garden offers ideas for year-round structure

“It’s my garden above the clouds” Valley mist and hoar frost transform this garden in the French mountains

Garden to visit With its historic trees, winter walk and listed walled garden, Wallington is a gem

“At last I can be creative” With the pond now taking care of itself, Adrian Thomas shares the progress of his wildlife garden in East Sussex

Grow a delicious Golden Oldie Heritage veg offers us an insight into the flavours of the past

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Plant evergreens and grasses in a part-shady border

Design Solutions Yes! It is possible to create a fabulous Winter Walk on a small, suburban scale with this design from our new design guru

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The Ultimate Gardener’s Christmas Gift Guide Treat yourself to some gardening goodies: here’s our pick of green-fingered festive shopping ideas

Camellias for Christmas – Save up to £48 on award-winning cultivars

Festive standard holly trees There’s £10 off and free pots too

Over to you Readers write and share their gardening tales 
and triumphs, with a chance 
to win RSPB bird food and 
Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword for your chance to win goodies from Heathcote & Ivory

Garden view Helen Billiald learns useful lessons from the garden


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Celebrate leafy layers Combine foliage shape, colour and texture for a multi-layered look

Be inspired by… A symphony in pink, frost-proof pots, plants in flower now, spooky squashes, diary dates and a stripy plant quiz

Discover new ways with autumn colour Fire and ice, parchment 
and pastels, precious metals – the autumn garden is rich in fresh colour combinations just waiting 
to be unleashed

Make room for mahonia These prickly evergreens have bee-friendly flowers that are a precious addition to autumn borders

Savour the season Don’t dread autumn; embrace it! We celebrate November’s sensory pleasures

Gardeners’ Garden 2018 At last 
we can reveal the winners of our Cobra Garden competition 2018

What to do this month Plant a small tree for autumn colour, protect tender plants and pop 
tulip bulbs into pots and borders

Plant blowsy beauties for border chic Mophead hydrangeas and dusky pink sedums make an elegant autumn combination. Create the look in three easy steps

“I love our frothy prairie plants” 
This colourful garden has a light and airy feel thanks to its grasses and easy-care perennials

“It all fades so elegantly in summer” Graceful grasses partner roses and hydrangeas in this stunning garden 

“It’s full of plants for autumn colour” Asters, rudbeckias and hardy chrysanthemums shine in this nursery garden

Garden to visit Biddulph Grange is a masterpiece of Victorian design

Create a garden spa Feathers are a bird’s best asset. Here’s how we can help our avian friends keep their plumage in tip-top condition

Choose a berry to tempt the tastebuds Raspberries are a sweet treat for gourmet growers. Here’s how to plant them 

Grow mushrooms the easy way Discover the safe and simple route to growing fresh oyster, chestnut and shiitake mushrooms at home

Ask the experts Trees for wildlife, tulips for shade and exploding weeds. We solve your garden woes

Border rescue Add colour to an autumn border, using shimmering red and gold plants

Design solutions Smarten up a small plot with topiary and hedging. Here’s an easy knot design for those who love the formal look

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Buyers’ Guide to paving Choose the right slabs for your patio

20 fragrant Oriental lily bulbs Just pay £5.65 postage  

Four duo fruit trees Perfect for any size garden – save £19.99!

Over to you Share your gardening triumphs to win Felco secateurs or an RSPB feeding station

Puzzles and prizes Test your gardening knowledge with our brainteasers

Garden view Helen Billiald gets a bouncy new spaniel


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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
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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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

36 free* cottage garden perennials *Just pay postage

Half price bulb collection 300 bulbs for just £12.49 plus p&p

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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Our August issue is full of clever planting ideas wherever you garden, with plants for shade and sunshine, clay and sandy soils. Get the jungly look with our top ten exotic-looking plants, or go for a suburban prairie look using grasses, flower spires and daisies to create a tapestry of colour.


Celebrate foliage Create an exciting tropical look by combining plants with a mix of leaf shapes and textures

Be inspired by… Prairie perfection; lilac & lavender accessories; plants in flower now; a fun seaside plant quiz; and diary dates

Choose the right plants for the right place Let your garden dictate what to grow for happier, healthier plants. Follow our easy guide to sun, shade, clay and sand

Get the jungle look Mix in a few  tender exotics among hardy, jungly plants to give your garden a lush and leafy feel. Here’s our top 10

Grow bee-friendly bergamot Monardas are as bright and brash as an exclamation mark in borders.Here are our favourites

Discover gardens with atmosphere Be inspired by the world’s most breathtaking gardens as captured by photographer Claire Takacs

What to do this month Collect seeds, trim back herbs and watch out for vine weevils. Plus sow hardy annuals to get ahead for next year

Plant a jungle fantasy Indulge your sense of adventure by creating a sunny hot border with bold leaves and fiery flowers

“Our garden comes to life in summer” Stunning views and a riot of summer flowers surround Hilltop thatched cottage in Dorset

“I love to keep a natural look” A little natural chaos is encouraged by owner Pam Metcalfe at the Old Black Horse in Tansor

“I’ve got 13 flower beds to fill!” The riverside cottage at Mill Barn is packed with flowers all summer

Garden to visit Scampston Hall Designer Piet Outdolf has created dynamic naturalistic planting schemes within this garden’s ancient walls

Meet the night shift Explore your garden after dark for nocturnal bats, moths and hedgehogs

Enjoy hardy herbs These versatile plants are the unsung heroes of the veg patch

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Bring a tropical border to life with foliage plants and hot-coloured flowers

Design Solutions Create a dazzling small-scale prairie by combining swathes of grasses and summer-flowering perennials

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Buyers’ Guide to garden lighting Easy solar and battery units for faff-free, affordable lighting

Put your feet up Our pick of the best new sunloungers

Grow hardy citrus plants Buy any two 5L potted plants for £50 and save £13.98

Enjoy a taste of the tropics Hardy perennials with a jungly look

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos
for chances of prizes to win  

Puzzles and prizes Enter our competitions to win a La Hacienda Firepit and Hayloft Plants voucher

Garden view Ponds and rills create sparkle in a garden – so go on, splash out, urges Helen Billiald


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Choose the right flowers for a planting palette that will last all year round. We lead you through colour spectrum, revealing reliable plants to compliment existing border schemes. Plus: how to use pink and orange to wow the neighbours; flowers you can grow and eat; how to enjoy nocturnal wildlife; and a Moroccan garden design that uses exotic plants and colourful accessories to pack your plot with Eastern promise.  


Celebrate natural colour Enjoy the sumptuous view at Wildside Nursery in Devon, where designer Keith Wiley is inspired by nature
inspired byoranges and lemons, citrus-bright shopping, plants in flower now, a fun poppy quiz and diary dates
the perfect colour scheme Give borders a colour-coordinated look that lasts all year. Taking each colour in turn, we suggest exciting ways to make it work
Learn to love pink and orange Sock it to the neighbours with an outrageous clashing border. We dare you!
Meet the Queen of the coneflowers Echinaceas are real bee pleasers, ideal for growing among grasses
to do this month Harvest fruit and care for container plants. Its also the perfect time to sow biennials or plant a climber
opposites attract Spice up a sunny corner by planting bold yellows and blues together
Its my own private paradiseColour-coordinated flowers and luxuriant foliage have turned this London garden into a shady haven
I hate looking at bare soil!” Grasses, dahlias and favourite annuals take these colourful beds right through to autumnwith some clever gap filling
There are surprises round every cornerWith its knot garden, Oriental courtyard, woodland and herbaceous borders, this cottage garden is full of intrigue
to visit The late Beth Chatto created her world-renowned gardens in Essex by choosing the right plant for the right place. Here we look at the lovely legacy shes left behind
to know our native wildflowers Grow the best of British in your garden this year
our fabulous annual wildflowers
flowers you can eat Edible blooms make a perfect garnish for salads. Plus: quick brassicas, our deep-fried courgette flower recipe and intercropping explained
Garden Answers Our experts  answer your gardening queries
Rescue Add cohesion and height with plants that echo each others form, in white, blue and silver
Solutions Get the Moroccan look with glossy foliage plants and vibrant, exotic-looking flowers
to Garden Answers Enjoy gardening inspiration all year round for just £2.62 an issue
Colour up your garden Smarten up wood and metalwork with a lick of paint. Heres our buyersguide
FREE* fragrant groundcover phlox worth £19.98... plus other money-saving offers to tempt you! *Just pay £5.65 p&p 
bedding Fill gaps beautifully with these colourful new plants in 2-litre pots
Over to you Readers share their gardening photos and stories to win an RSPB bird feeding station or Felco secateurs
and prizes Enter our competitions to win goodies from Town & Country and Hayloft Plants
view Does social media pressure spoil our joy of gardening? Helen Billiald thinks it might



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Celebrate cottage style with laidback, flower-rich borders, must-have spires and blowsy blooms for a haze of colour, self seeders and delicious potager crops. This issue we look at the timeless appeal of this classic style, with cottage garden groundcover, a romantic summer border, butterfly plants and the wildlife allies that will help banish aphids for good.


Celebrate Suburban cottage style Forget thatched roofs and picket fences – you can get the cottage look wherever you garden!
Be inspired by… Country colours, wicker that works, what’s in flower now, a purple prince, six of the best for summer fragrance, chives and phlox, frothy flowers and diary dates
Get the cottage look Create flower-rich borders with a laid back look, using cottage garden favourites, self seeders and delicious home-grown edibles
Hide bare soil beautifully Pack the garden with flowers this summer: here’s our top 10 ground-covering plants with a cottage look
Treat yourself to an African lily These flamboyant sun-worshippers will brighten up a sunny, open spot
What to do this month June is time to sow biennials, set up a mowing regime and water more wisely. Here’s our easy guide to fun garden jobs
Hang a cut-and-come-again colander Vintage enamel colanders make attractive hanging baskets for backdoor herbs and salads
Create a romantic summer border Use a palette of palest pastels for this jostling flower-filled border
“All wildlife is welcome here” This plant-packed plot is full of nectar-rich flowers and welcomes all wildlife - even hungry ducks
“It all began with a banana plant” Inspired by Asia and the Orient, this jungly suburban garden looks dazzling in summer

“We love the roses in summer” Fragrant climbers, shrubs and hybrid teas fill this country garden with colour in June
Garden to Visit: Hestercombe These historic gardens in Somerset are a rich reminder of the work of plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens
Meet the aphid assassins These little predators will chomp through masses of green and blackfly… Adrian Thomas sings the praises of our tiniest gardening allies
Grow unbeatable beetroot These rotund roots are such a useful kitchen standby it’s lucky they grow fast! 
Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Can you help me get more interest in my shady border? A lacklustre planting scheme enjoys a quick revamp with new perennials and a planting plan
How can I attract more butterflies? This month’s Design Solution uses a mix of food and nectar plants
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Chill out with a chimenea Read our guide to chimeneas, firepits and firebowls before you buy
Relax in style. These smart garden benches are perfect for a sunny patio. Here’s our pick of the best
Add colour with a double-flowered standard lilac Save £10 when you buy this beautiful fragrant small tree from You Garden
Grow pretty pulmonaria These early-flowering perennials from Hayloft Plants are perfect for part-shady sites
Over to you Readers share their tales of triumph and woe in the garden to win an RSPB bird-feeding station and some fab Felco secateurs
Puzzles & prizes with our crossword and wordsearch

Garden view Cut flowers make a home, declares Helen Billiald. So don’t hold back when sowing them!