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Create a spring sensation with our timely advice on the buds, bulbs and blossom that will give your garden a colourful new look. Plus – ideas for creating privacy, how to grow perfect patio tomatoes, gardening with hungry wildlife and three gorgeous reader gardens!

IN THIS ISSUE

Celebrate dancing daffodils Capture the wild, countryside look in your garden by encouraging narcissi to colonise the lawn

Be inspired by… a shady path, tags & labels, plants in flower now, trends for 2019, a houseplant quiz and diary dates for March

Create a spring sensation! Bulbs, buds and blossom bring fresh energy into the spring garden. Val Bourne reveals her favourites for colour

Grow sunshine on a stem Daffodils are harbingers of spring, raising the spirits after the gloom of winter. Here’s our top 10

Choose little blue beauties Scilla, chionodoxa, muscari and Iris reticulata bring a flash of vivid colour to pots and borders

What to do this month Plant summer bulbs, start an alpine trough and tidy up perennials

Plant a tub in gold & blue These classic spring colours provide a cheery welcome on your doorstep

Prune now for colourful stems Encourage bright new growth with your secateurs!

Bring bare soil to life with little gems Cultivate a collection of bright hepaticas and cyclamen

“It’s inspirational on a human scale” The Tudor manor house at East Lambrook is surrounded by cottage-style planting ideas

“Bulbs are the secret to spring colour” Rare and unusual bulbs fill the borders of this country idyll 

“The garden looks amazing in spring” Colour-themed borders and a host of lakeside flowers bring this garden to life in March

Visit Caerhays This picturesque Cornish coastal garden is full of exciting plants for spring colour

Garden in harmony with our furry friends Don’t let deer, badgers or bunnies put you off gardening! Here’s how to coexist happily

Grow fresh, sweet tomatoes These juicy fruits are the perfect patio crop. Here’s how to get bumper harvests every time

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Border rescue Silver-leaved plants transform a blossom-filled front garden into a showstopper

Design solutions Make a garden more private with small trees, large shrubs and naturalised bulbs

Buyers’ guide to sowing kits We nominate five essentials that will help boost germination rates

Over to you Share your gardening triumphs, tribulations and photos for a chance to win RSPB bird food or Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Win a Burgon & Ball sowing kit and plants from Hayloft Plants in our competitions

Garden view Bedding can be both theatrical and exuberant, says our columnist Kendra Wilson