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Enjoy more wow this winter!

This month’s Christmas Special issue is full of planting ideas for the winter season. From exciting evergreens that will keep the garden looking colourful, to heavenly hellebores and plants for a dazzling flash of winter red. We learn the secrets of Britain’s finest winter gardens too: we’ve interviewed the experts at Anglesey Abbey, Bodnant, The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, RHS Gardens Harlow Carr and Rosemoor to find out how all of us can create more wow in the cold season. There are plenty of green-fingered gift ideas too – from fun stocking fillers to pretty but practical gardening tools. Plus all your favourites!

IN THIS ISSUE…

Celebrate winter fire Flamboyant cornus stems glow against a backdrop of ghostly birches

Be inspired by… Dwarf pines, heathers and grasses; forest green goodies; festive makes from twigs & sprigs; festive flowers; bulb quiz

Get creative with evergreens Make the most of these versatile and colourful winter plants for year-round structure and interest

Learn the secrets of the winter walks Head gardeners share their tips for sensational plantings

Grow heavenly hellebores These winter wonders come in a delectable range of colours

Enjoy a flash of red Use a daub of ruby red in your planting schemes, with flowers, foliage, berries and stems for an upbeat seasonal salvo

What to do this month Bring forced bulbs into the light, grow a houseplant, overhaul your tools and plant a miniature pine

Create a stylish winter garland Use silvery foliage, white flowers and copper-sprayed feathers to makean informal festive wreath

Plant a pretty woodland path Add colour in a moist, shady spot with Cyclamen coum, arum foliage, pink hellebores and ophiopogon

“It’s full of ideas to copy at home” Bodnant’s winter garden is packed with enticing plant combinations for smaller gardens

“There’s hardly ever any bare soil” Early-flowering spring bulbs carpet this sloping garden in Kent  

“Winter light is wonderful” Tree silhouettes, clipped shapes, grasses and frosty seedheads add winter structure in Val Bourne’s garden

Garden to visit: RHS Garden Harlow Carr Winter walk with scented flowers, colourful stems and textured bark

“The garden is still full of surprises!” Now in its third year, Adrian Thomas reports on how his wildlife garden has progressed

Take stock and plan ahead Helen Billiald’s must-have crops for 2018 including torpedo onions, mini mulberries, radishes and rhubarb

Ask Garden Answers This month we answer readers’ queries on climbers, tender plants, trees, shrubs and fruit and veg

Bring Japanese tranquillity to your garden Design tips and tricks for bringing an oriental feel to an empty newbuild garden

Christmas Gift Guide Stocking fillers, wildlife treats, pretty and practical presents for green-fingered friends

Award-winning groundcover collections 15 shade-loving plants for £18, plus colourful cotinus

Festive amaryllis offers – A range of dazzling colours and designs

Over to you Readers’ stories and photos – send us yours for a chance to win an RSPB feeding station and Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch to win pretty pots from Burgon & Ball and a £50 Hayloft Plants voucher

Garden view Plant immigrants have shaped our gardens – Helen Billiald chooses her favourites

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