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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