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Our cottage garden special issue is full of ideas for relaxed, flower-filled borders this month. We’ve got all the favourites to use – from blowsy blooms to towering spires and frothy umbels – to get the cottage look. There are planting partners for foxgloves, tips on slug and snail-proof hostas, plus how to grow tasty and colourful kale crisps. All this plus shopping ideas, design solutions and our buyers’ guide to robot mowers.  


Celebrate self seeders Self-sown digitalis and nigella weave their magic between blowsy roses

Be inspired by… Stars, stripes and rockets, bygone treasures, new plants in coral, a succulent display and a set of cloches to win

Treat yourself to cottage favourites Mix fragrant blowsy blooms, towering spires and frothy umbels for a stunning mix of fabulous flowers all summer

Grow nature’s most luxuriant leaves You can’t beat hostas for fabulous foliage. Here’s our favourites for colour, fragrance and slug resistance

Three ways with foxgloves Let digitalis brighten up a shady (or part-shady) border

What to do this month There’s plenty of fun to be had – staking, feeding and watering

Sow little and often Sow additional seeds now for late-summer salads and herbs

Make a tool tidy on a shoestring Transform an old pallet with paint and screw-in fixings

Choose plants for a sultry sunset look Contrast rich plum with soft apricot for this dramatic colour scheme. Here’s how to plant it

“It’s like entering the Tardis” This wildlife-friendly paradise is packed with jungly plants and seems to go on forever

“The garden never stands still” With its croquet lawn, roses and handsome topiary this romantic garden has a relaxed but formal feel

“It’s been a labour of love” This stylish country garden is full of surprises and colourful planting

Garden to visit Kiftsgate Court erupts with colour and fragrance in June – it’s the ideal time to visit

Meet the stars of the garden pond Discover the water-loving creatures that bring your pond to life. Here’s a who’s who

Grow colourful kale This tasty garden favourite is as nutritious as it is good-looking

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening queries

Design Solutions Get the cottage look with mixed paving and a riot of plants, says our design guru

Border Rescue Evergreen hedging and flowering shrubs can revitalise a sunny, white-themed border

Subscribe to Garden Answers Enjoy the magazine for just £3 an issue, delivered to your door when you pay by direct debit

Relax, it’s a robot Use our buyers’ guide to navigate the world of robotic lawnmowers

Hardy gerbera collection Enjoy these fabulous daisies all summer long. Buy two sets and save £15

10 hardy perennials for £10* Plus: buy three of each plant to save a further £6. *Just pay £4.95 postage

Over to you Readers share their gardening triumphs to win RSPB bird food and Felco secateurs

Puzzles and prizes Enter our prize crossword and wordsearch to win Heathcote & Ivory goodies and fuchsias and vouchers from Hayloft

Garden view Hens have so much personality, asserts columnist Julianne Robertson