Plant the perfect palette for year round colour

Follow our 10-step guide to create a succession of flowers in your garden to keep it looking its best

 Grow a sultry sizzler

Fall in love with dazzling dahlias: there’s one for every garden! Wereveal the best cultivars for pots, borders and summer spectacle

Discover foliage colour

Who needs flowers when foliage comes in so many vibrant hues? From metallic blues and silvers to verdant greens, golds and ruby reds

Enjoy natural colour

Create a wildflower meadow from seed. Ian Hodgson explains the options – perennial and annual meadows - and steps to success

Celebrate summer with a seaside display

Bring the beach home using coastal plants that evoke the clifftops and sand dunes. Plant them in jaunty containers decorated with shells and seaside stripes

Plant a summer sorbet

This month’s border planner is a confection of soft pink and lilac flowers, such as blowsy phlox, echinacea and Mexican feathergrass

Beautiful gardens with colour theme borders

Don’t miss this trio of reader gardens which all celebrate colour in their own way. Our readers share their advice and tips on how to transform your own garden for maximum impact

Garden to visit

This month: Hampton Court Castle Gardens. A beautiful kitchen garden and historic formal terraces make this Staffordshire gem a fascinating showcase of planting

Identify your little brown birds

Can you recognize a sparrow from a dunnock? Here’s how to tell dowdier garden visitors apart

Plan a herb wheel

Create a herb patch that’s rich in flowers, flavour and scent. Plus: Gourmet growing ideas for the month  

Your problems solved

Readers share their garden woes about pests, diseases and weeds… plus: dahlia care, hostas, lawns, fruit and veg

Design Solutions for a shady garden

Brighten up a gloomy patch with plants for shade, hard landscape and styling accessories. Garden designer Dawn Isaacs has some practical advice on how to turn a gloomy yard to a stylish courtyard

Make life easier

Watering gadgets can shave hours off your summer gardening chores. We bring you high tech hoses that won’t kink and will automatically rewind themselves. Hurray!

Garden View  

Our columnist Helen Billiald writes about why combining flower and foliage colours is so much fun