This month’s issue celebrates the onset of autumn in the garden – all those fabulous little seasonal changes that lift the spirits even on a grey day. We’ve got all the key plants you need to make an autumn statement – from shocking scarlet Japanese maples to vibrant sorbus, pink nerines and purple asters. We’ve got three stunning planting partners for golden rudbeckia and a kaleidoscopic border planner that proves autumn can be just as colourful as any other time of year. Plus there’s our new step by step pruning series and all your favourites – stunning reader gardens, wildlife, design solutions and our expert Q&A.
Be inspired by… Firework beauties, practical fire pits, new flowers in vintage colours, festoon lights to win, chatter & natter tables, our foliage ID quiz and diary dates
Make an autumn statement Fill your garden with late flowers and flamboyant foliage. Here’s how
Grow slender sedges These doughty evergreens provide a handsome presence
Three ways with rudbeckia Black-eyed Susan makes a dazzling partner for autumn plants
What to do this month Plant bareroot shrubs, insulate the greenhouse and make seasonal hanging baskets
Pruning made easy Deciduous berberis is a prickly shrub that needs thinning and shaping.
Our expert shows how
Create an autumn rainbow Pink anemones, blue aconitums, grasses, autumn foliage and berries create a colourful corner. Here’s how to get the look
Plan the perfect path TV gardener Adam Frost shares his expert tips on designing walkways for garden access
“Life’s too short for watering” This low-maintenance city garden is full of creative ideas for an easier gardening life
“There’s always something new to discover” Wafty grasses and purple flowers create prairie-style drama in this stylish autumn garden
“We don’t like to rush things” This smart country garden is full of ideas for autumn; it’s a labour of love
Garden to visit November is the perfect time to visit the Sir Harold Hillier gardens: here’s why!
Grow nature’s pick ’n’ mix Every autumn the garden fills with a tantalising mix of colourful berries. Here are the birds’ favourites
Pick a pear Grow these crisp, aromatic fruits for a juicy autumn harvest. Here’s how to train them
Ask Garden Answers Experts answer your gardening questions
Border rescue Informal prairie-style planting gives this empty front garden a sense of purpose – and keeps the dogs off!
Design Solutions Turn your garden on the diagonal to create the illusion of space
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Buyers’ Guide to compost bins Transform plant waste into garden gold with the right compost bin
Leafy hosta collection – Get five FREE* bareroot plants (worth £11.99). *Just pay postage
Four duo fruit trees to pick These grafted ‘duo’ trees allow you to grow two different cultivars on the same fruit tree!
Over to you Send us your gardening thoughts and ideas to win RSPB bird food and Felco secateurs
Puzzles and prizes Win gardening goodies in our crossword and wordsearch competitions
Garden view Tool abuser Alex Mitchell explains why she doesn’t deserve a nice pair of secateurs