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Boost your winter flower count this month by planting dainty-looking bulbs, pretty shrubs and perennials that flower in the depths of winter. This issue we bring colour and fragrance to your borders and choose our favourite romantic roses to plant for Valentine’s Day. There’s seasonal inspiration from our three reader gardens, advice on how to choose and grow potatoes, design solutions for a formal front garden and an exciting wildlife feature on sparrowhawks, plus all your favourites!


Celebrate frosted plumes Grasses can provide colour, texture and movement in the winter garden

Be inspired by… a woodland dell, chic storage, plants in flower now, hellebores, RHS Harlow Carr, a soft plants quiz and diary dates for Feb

Boost your winter flower count 
Fill your garden with flowers and fragrance this season. Here’s our pick of shrubs and perennials

Enjoy a cup of colour Cheerful crocuses are a treat, with species that bloom from autumn to spring

Add romance with a rose Valentine’s Day is the perfect 
time to plant one!

Make the most of ophiopogon 
Create a little black magic with 
this dramatic, versatile evergreen. We’ve got four easy planting ideas

What to do this month Plan summer pot displays, prune early clematis and give patio pavers 
an early ‘spring’ clean

Plant a stylish barrel Give a rustic wooden planter a chic new twist with black pansies and silver-green foliage plants. Here’s how

Plant winter treasures in amethyst & gold These opulent February flowers will shrug off snow and ice. Here’s how to create the look

“The garden never stands still” 
Even in winter this spectacular garden is full of colour and drama

“Our woodland haven is full of happy memories” Every plant has a story to tell in this leafy haven

“Green architecture creates interest all year round” Grasses and evergreens help to organise this stylish garden into route-ways, vistas and destinations

Garden to visit With its historic beginnings, vibrant bulbs and hellebores, Mottisfont is a must!

Keep watch for sparrowhawks These sharp-eyed predators sometimes visit gardens – here’s what they’re looking for...

Celebrate spuds! The humble British potato is no great beauty, but it’s easy, reliable and tasty too

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Give a tired border a new lease of life by pruning shrubs and adding perennials

Design solutions Formal geometry brings a sense of order to a small front garden

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Buyers’ guide to small greenhouses These compact structures offer cosy conditions for tender plants, cuttings and seedlings

Free* peony collection worth £19.99 and other offers on flowering plants. *Just pay p&p

Snowdrops in the green twinpack 
250 bulbs for just £39.96!

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos to win bird food from the RSPB and a fab new pair of Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Enter our crossword and wordsearch competitions to win goodies

Garden view Gardening wisdom 
is a hard-won thing. Naomi Slade shares some useful advice