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Our April issue is dedicated to planning the perfect spring border - using zingy green perennials, colour-coordinated tulips, woodland flowers and fresh new foliage. There are dramatic plants with delicious chocolate names for Easter weekend (!) and a chic new white border scheme to try at home, using bells, trumpets, hearts and star-shaped flowers. Our three reader gardens are full of inspiring planting schemes and design ideas, and there's plenty of low-maintenance design tips in our Design Solutions feature. You can find out how to gain success with sweetcorn and summer squash, and we reveal the secrets of the dawn chorus.


Celebrate April flowers It’s all bulbs, bulbs, bulbs in this pretty kitchen garden at Hergest Croft in Herefordshire
Be inspired by… citrus greens, cheep thrills, what’s in flower now, perfect primulas, tulip ID quiz and diary dates for April
Plan the perfect spring border - Get a head start on April by filling borders with zingy-green perennials, tulips, woodland flowers and fresh new foliage
Plant a chocolate feast - Celebrate Easter with a tongue-in-cheek chocolate-themed border. Here’s our top ten
Meet nature’s little extroverts - Partnered with tulips and forget-me-nots, colourful wallflowers can be the belles of the spring ball
What to do this month - Get hanging baskets off to an early start, overhaul your pond and prick out seedlings. Plus it’s an ideal time to take softwood cuttings  
The Gardeners’ Garden 2018 - Win £1,000 worth of Cobra gardening kit in our competition
Conjure up some white magic - Plant neat clumps of these pure white bulbs and perennials – they’ll gradually spread over time
“My walled garden feels so welcoming” This Hertfordshire garden teams bright spring flowers with structural evergreens
“It’s two gardens in one design” In this front garden in Suffolk a circular design creates two stylish gardens in one
“Spring gives everything a new lease of life” Exuberant tulips create a dazzling display  
Garden to visit - With 40,000 tulips bursting into bloom, this East Sussex garden has a festival feel  
Wake up to the dawn chorus - Enjoy the sound of birds serenading at day break. Here’s a guide to the voices to listen for
Grow the sweetest corn cobs - This lofty crop offers a delicious burst of flavour at mealtimes
Ask Garden Answers - All your gardening questions answered
Border rescue - Flesh out early spring borders with shrubs and foliage plants. Here’s how to do it
Design Solutions - It’s easy to create a low-maintenance plot – just choose the right plants and furnishings
Subscribe to Garden Answers - Receive 13 issues for just £2.62 each – it’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift for a green-fingered mum
Buyers’ Guide to sowing kits - Make light work of spring plant propagation by choosing the right equipment. Here’s what to look for
Get the luxury look for less - Lightweight, affordable planters
Native woodland collections - Snowdrops, aconites and bluebells from £15 with free p&p  
Must-have perennials - 16 value plug plants for £9.99 including postage
Grow flavoursome chuckleberries - 1 bareroot plant for £9.99 + postage
Over to you - Readers share their views, ideas and photos
Puzzles and prizes - Enter our crossword and wordsearch  
Garden view - Helen Billiald shares her passion for pottering