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This month’s issue explores how to make the most of a small garden, with reliable plants and clever design ideas to create the perfect relaxation zone. Our three reader gardens are all tiny too: dazzling examples of how to create the perfect leafy oasis that’s packed with personality. Elsewhere, there’s advice on filling border gaps with frothy filigree plants, buying the right secateurs and how to welcome home hungry migrant birds such as warblers, swifts and swallows. Plus all your favourites!


Relax in style Create a relaxation zone with leafy shrubs, fragrant flowers and soothing water

Be inspired by… a profusion of purple, sweet but chic shopping,
in flower now, six of the best spring climbers, a pallet planter and diary dates. Plus win a Yellow Book

Make the most of a small garden Most British gardens are tiny, but don’t dispair! Follow our tips for creating drama on a small scale

Scale the heights with a montana These clematis are rampant climbers, smothered in pink or white flowers in May. We pick the best for fragrance and flowers

Grow filigree fillers These light and airy annuals create a frothy look in borders. Here’s our favourites for filling gaps

What to do this month It’s time to divide primroses, plant out sweet peas, harden off seedlings, mulch, and let bulbs die back naturally

Sow biennials from seed Sow honesty, foxgloves and forget-me-knots to enjoy beautiful flowers next spring

Brighten up a shady corner Mix textural ferns with colourful shade-tolerant flowers to create this month’s Border Planner

“Our garden has bags of personality” Themed spaces, salvage treasures and lush planting make the most of this narrow plot in Chelmsford, Essex

“I’ve turned my patio into a jungle!” Tree ferns, houseplants and Fatsia japonica create leafy layers in this small but verdant oasis in Barnsbury, north London

“Our tiny garden is bright as a jewel” Mosaic tiles, cobalt-blue walls and travel souvenirs give this bijoux garden a Moroccan look, in Brighton, East Sussex

Garden to visit Arundel Castle in West Sussex provides a dramatic backdrop for a spectacular garden. Don’t miss the tulip festival this month!

Create a warmer welcome Some of our favourite birds travel vast distances to join us in our gardens. Discover the wonders of migration

Grow your own crops in pots Turn your patio into a productive patch with salads, fruit and veg in containers. Here’s how to keep them alive

Ask Garden Answers Your questions answered by our experts

Design Solutions Turn a tricky slope into gravel terraces filled with chic Japanese plants, says design guru Louisa Gilhooly

Subscribe to Garden Answers and we’ll send you a set of Sophie Conran Gubbins Pots worth £22.99

Buyers’ Guide Make sure your cuts are clean and sharp every time by choosing the right secateurs

100 free summer flowering bulbs – worth £19.99 - just pay p&p

Boost flower power with these reblooming shrubs Save up to £18!

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos  

Puzzles and prizes Win a solar pillar lamp and Hayloft vouchers 

Garden view Some plants need a botanical ASBO, says Nicola Stocken