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Our August issue is full of clever planting ideas wherever you garden, with plants for shade and sunshine, clay and sandy soils. Get the jungly look with our top ten exotic-looking plants, or go for a suburban prairie look using grasses, flower spires and daisies to create a tapestry of colour.


Celebrate foliage Create an exciting tropical look by combining plants with a mix of leaf shapes and textures

Be inspired by… Prairie perfection; lilac & lavender accessories; plants in flower now; a fun seaside plant quiz; and diary dates

Choose the right plants for the right place Let your garden dictate what to grow for happier, healthier plants. Follow our easy guide to sun, shade, clay and sand

Get the jungle look Mix in a few  tender exotics among hardy, jungly plants to give your garden a lush and leafy feel. Here’s our top 10

Grow bee-friendly bergamot Monardas are as bright and brash as an exclamation mark in borders.Here are our favourites

Discover gardens with atmosphere Be inspired by the world’s most breathtaking gardens as captured by photographer Claire Takacs

What to do this month Collect seeds, trim back herbs and watch out for vine weevils. Plus sow hardy annuals to get ahead for next year

Plant a jungle fantasy Indulge your sense of adventure by creating a sunny hot border with bold leaves and fiery flowers

“Our garden comes to life in summer” Stunning views and a riot of summer flowers surround Hilltop thatched cottage in Dorset

“I love to keep a natural look” A little natural chaos is encouraged by owner Pam Metcalfe at the Old Black Horse in Tansor

“I’ve got 13 flower beds to fill!” The riverside cottage at Mill Barn is packed with flowers all summer

Garden to visit Scampston Hall Designer Piet Outdolf has created dynamic naturalistic planting schemes within this garden’s ancient walls

Meet the night shift Explore your garden after dark for nocturnal bats, moths and hedgehogs

Enjoy hardy herbs These versatile plants are the unsung heroes of the veg patch

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Bring a tropical border to life with foliage plants and hot-coloured flowers

Design Solutions Create a dazzling small-scale prairie by combining swathes of grasses and summer-flowering perennials

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Buyers’ Guide to garden lighting Easy solar and battery units for faff-free, affordable lighting

Put your feet up Our pick of the best new sunloungers

Grow hardy citrus plants Buy any two 5L potted plants for £50 and save £13.98

Enjoy a taste of the tropics Hardy perennials with a jungly look

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos
for chances of prizes to win  

Puzzles and prizes Enter our competitions to win a La Hacienda Firepit and Hayloft Plants voucher

Garden view Ponds and rills create sparkle in a garden – so go on, splash out, urges Helen Billiald