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Make the most of a small garden with the May issue of Garden Answers. We bring you design solutions and planting ideas, plus advice on how to avoid the ‘boxy’ look. We advise on how to sort a cluttered pot collection, feed fledgling birds and how to grow beautiful runner beans. Plus there’s a chance to win National Trust goodies in our crossword.


Celebrate formality - Line a path with box balls and purple-blue irises for an opulent display  

Be inspired by… natural elegance, alluring allliums, plants in flower now, super spurges, perfect partners, diary dates and a fun ID quiz to win a fab book on seeds

Get creative with a small garden - Think you’ve outgrown your garden? Think again! Try our clever ideas to revitalise your space, with optical illusions, colour and plants

Think outside the box! Avoid the cramped and boxy look in a small rectangular garden using organic and geometric shapes

Choose the right honeysuckle - From fragrant climbers to shaggy shrubs, find out why we love lonicera

What to do this month - Tie in climbers and sow hardy annuals

Sort your pots - Has your container collection got the upper hand? Try our tips for a clutter-free patio

The search is on to find our Gardeners’ Garden 2018 There’s £2,250 of Cobra equipment to win!

Create a mix & match flower patch - Plant this vibrant mix of cutflowers for a colour clash that works

“We wanted to keep its natural charm” A patch of marshy land in Cheshire has been transformed into a Monet-style water garden

“It’s so tranquil in spring” Acers and rhododendrons create a tranquil Japanese feel in this vibrant riverside plot

“I choose plants for colour and contrast” This cottage garden in Oxfordshire is packed with cheerful tulips and early perennials  

Garden to visit Calke Abbey has a romantic air of faded decadence

Feed your fledglings How can we help our garden birds raise a brood successfully?

Grow beanpole beauties Get best results from runner beans by harvesting them young and fresh

Ask Garden Answers Gardening queries answered by our experts

Border rescue A shrubby border enjoys a colour boost for summer

Design Solutions Water brings a garden to life with movement, sound, reflections and wildlife

Subscribe to Garden Answers - We’ll send you a Bronnley Natural Gardeners’ Therapy gift worth £15  

Buyers’ Guide - Elevate your planting with an easy raised bed kit

Animal magnetism - Bring a bit of character to the garden with these stylish animal ornaments

20 FREE scented oriental lily bulbs – just pay £5.65 p&p. Plus offers on bedding plug plants

Buy 2 get one free on 10 different packs of wildlife-attracting perennial plants, plus postage

Over to you - Readers share their gardening trials and triumphs - and win prizes too

Puzzles and prizes - Enter this month’s competitions to win National Trust goodies and a
£50 voucher for Hayloft Plants

Garden view “The perfect lawn needs a few daisies,” says our columnist Helen Billiald