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Celebrate cottage style with laidback, flower-rich borders, must-have spires and blowsy blooms for a haze of colour, self seeders and delicious potager crops. This issue we look at the timeless appeal of this classic style, with cottage garden groundcover, a romantic summer border, butterfly plants and the wildlife allies that will help banish aphids for good.


Celebrate Suburban cottage style Forget thatched roofs and picket fences – you can get the cottage look wherever you garden!
Be inspired by… Country colours, wicker that works, what’s in flower now, a purple prince, six of the best for summer fragrance, chives and phlox, frothy flowers and diary dates
Get the cottage look Create flower-rich borders with a laid back look, using cottage garden favourites, self seeders and delicious home-grown edibles
Hide bare soil beautifully Pack the garden with flowers this summer: here’s our top 10 ground-covering plants with a cottage look
Treat yourself to an African lily These flamboyant sun-worshippers will brighten up a sunny, open spot
What to do this month June is time to sow biennials, set up a mowing regime and water more wisely. Here’s our easy guide to fun garden jobs
Hang a cut-and-come-again colander Vintage enamel colanders make attractive hanging baskets for backdoor herbs and salads
Create a romantic summer border Use a palette of palest pastels for this jostling flower-filled border
“All wildlife is welcome here” This plant-packed plot is full of nectar-rich flowers and welcomes all wildlife - even hungry ducks
“It all began with a banana plant” Inspired by Asia and the Orient, this jungly suburban garden looks dazzling in summer

“We love the roses in summer” Fragrant climbers, shrubs and hybrid teas fill this country garden with colour in June
Garden to Visit: Hestercombe These historic gardens in Somerset are a rich reminder of the work of plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens
Meet the aphid assassins These little predators will chomp through masses of green and blackfly… Adrian Thomas sings the praises of our tiniest gardening allies
Grow unbeatable beetroot These rotund roots are such a useful kitchen standby it’s lucky they grow fast! 
Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Can you help me get more interest in my shady border? A lacklustre planting scheme enjoys a quick revamp with new perennials and a planting plan
How can I attract more butterflies? This month’s Design Solution uses a mix of food and nectar plants
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Chill out with a chimenea Read our guide to chimeneas, firepits and firebowls before you buy
Relax in style. These smart garden benches are perfect for a sunny patio. Here’s our pick of the best
Add colour with a double-flowered standard lilac Save £10 when you buy this beautiful fragrant small tree from You Garden
Grow pretty pulmonaria These early-flowering perennials from Hayloft Plants are perfect for part-shady sites
Over to you Readers share their tales of triumph and woe in the garden to win an RSPB bird-feeding station and some fab Felco secateurs
Puzzles & prizes with our crossword and wordsearch

Garden view Cut flowers make a home, declares Helen Billiald. So don’t hold back when sowing them!