This month’s magazine is full of ideas for keeping late-summer borders full of flowers. We’ve picked out those reliable and repeat-flowering plants that keep on blooming right through to the frosts, plus a few ‘fashionably’ late blooms such as dahlias and heleniums. We’ve got the top 10 plants for glamorous groundcover and how to choose fabulous Japanese anemones for a touch of Oriental elegeance… plus all your favourites!


Celebrate summer daisies Swathes of pink and purple asters are teamed with Verbena bonariensis and vibrant yellow rudbeckia at The Picton Garden, Worcestershire

Be inspired by… Potager pizzazz, jungle drama, plants in flower now, dahlia shapes, a blackboard paint project, ‘dead, diseased or damaged?’ quiz and diary dates

Fill borders with late-summer lovelies Gorgeous September flowering plants that are fashionably late but worth the wait

Grow glamorous groundcover Our pick of the best-looking plants for covering bare soil

Plant some Oriental elegance Japanese anemones bring natural chic into beds and borders

What to do this month Pot up bulbs to force, update containers for autumn, start off hardy annuals and build a bug hotel

Make your own concrete pots They’re perfect for growing succulents indoors and out

Prune your perennials 12 good reasons to give your herbaceous plants a timely chop

Plant a sunny prairie Fluffy-topped grasses provide the perfect foil for dahlia ‘Moonfire’ and tagetes

“It’s cottage style, with a twist” Exotic blooms, palms and bananas transform this pretty Devon cottage garden in late summer

“Gardening with nature is the only way” Diverse habitats and nectar rich flowers in a wildlife-friendly plot

“I always wanted my own woodland” Ferns and shade-loving perennials grace this soothing, leafy woodland glade in Cambridgeshire

Garden to visit Pensthorpe Millennium Garden is a dazzling prairie garden in rural Norfolk

Make the perfect pitstop for wildlife Welcome visiting birds, insects and mammals as they travel through your garden

Grow summer’s easiest soft fruit Our handy guide to planting and pruning sweet and tasty raspberries

Ask Garden Answers Your questions answered on clematis, daffodils and fruit and veg

Gain privacy without losing views Transparent grasses, slatted screens and hedges keep an open outlook

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Buyers’ Guide to rakes and scarifiers The best products to help revitalise your lawn this autumn

Create a splash Cascades, spouts, fountains and bowls to add sound and movement to your garden

100 free allium bulbs* and other spring-flowering bulb offers. *Just pay £5.65 postage

Gourmet apricot ‘Petit Muscat’ Buy a 1.5m (5ft) potted tree of this prolific cropping, honey-sweet apricot for just £19.99 plus postage

Over to you Gardening stories and prize-winning photos from our readers

Puzzles and prizes There’s a chance to win Heathcote & Ivory goodies and a £50 Hayloft voucher in our monthly crossword and wordsearch

Garden view Helen Billiald offers convincing excuses for avoiding housework in favour of gardening