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This month we look at how to use autumn plants for a fresh injection of colour in the garden, including a special plant focus on vibrant Japanese maples. There are design and planting ideas for shady places and a stunning border to create using dusky pink and hazy blue flowers. Planning ahead for next spring we reveal our top 10 bulbs to plant now, plus gourmet growing ideas to get your veg patch off to a flying start.

Celebrate simplicity A bold pink-and-green planting scheme makes a chic autumn statement

Be inspired by… rampant beauty, sweet peas, autumn’s pastel pinks, unusual rudbeckias, a pumpkin planter and pink flower spike quiz

Get creative with autumn colour Use nature’s warmest palette to create some dazzling effects

Choose the best spring bulbs - Little treasures to plant in autumn that will brighten up next season’s beds and borders

Meet autumn’s chameleons - Japanese maples bring statuesque beauty to gardens large and small

Choose bright ideas for shady places - Turn a gloomy spot into a relaxing, tranquil retreat

What to do this month - Order bareroot roses, sow hardy annuals, make leafmould and take hardwood cuttings

Savour the season with pink & blue - Enhance autumn’s mellow, misty mornings with a haze of purple perovskia, underplanted with rosy sedums, persicaria and echinacea

Brighten up a shady corner - In this new Border Rescue series we offer planting suggestions to enhance a shady foliage border  

“We’re not afraid of colour” Bold and vibrant flower hues dominate at Gravetye Manor in Sussex

“We wanted a garden for all seasons” At Goltho Gardens in Lincolnshire prairie-style borders create a riot of colour  

“My perennial garden is full of surprises” Grasses and autumn flowers create a relaxed look in this walled Hampshire garden

Garden to visit/The Picton Garden - More than 400 aster cultivars and late-flowering beauties sparkle in autumn

Help wildlife survive the cold - Offer a range of safe hiding places for overwintering insects, birds, amphibians and mammals

Enjoy fresh and aromatic garlic - Plant garlic bulbs now for a head start on next summer’s harvest

Ask Garden Answers - Your questions answered on spring planning and summer flower care

Inject a little seaside style - Design solutions to transform a blank-canvas newbuild garden into a stylish ‘urban beach’ 

Buyers’ Guide to greenhouses - Expand your gardening horizons with a greenhouse. Here’s how to choose the right one for you

Smarten up your feeding station - Handy accessories that make life easier when putting out treats for your garden birds

Three collections of shady plants – buy all three for just £40 and receive free Anemone blanda bulbs

150 free spring-flowering bulbs worth £21.99 (just pay postage)  

Puzzles and prizes - Enter our prize crossword and wordsearch for a chance to win a Hozelock Pico Power Pressure Washer worth £149.99, or a £50 Hayloft voucher

Garden view - Not every plant is born beautiful – Helen Billiald shares her plant ‘hates’