Look out for our special 8-seed pack issues in selected supermarkets

Look out for our special 8-seed pack issues in selected supermarkets

Get your sunglasses at the ready: this month’s magazine is full of colourful ideas to perk up your garden! From eye-popping plant combinations to dazzling dahlias and clematis, a red and purple planting scheme and rainbow vegetables, there’s a full kaleidoscope of inspiration to be had. Our three reader gardens offer exciting ideas to try at home, and there are colourful bugs, birds and butterflies to discover too. Don’t miss our vibrant ‘colour pop’ garden design, it’s a celebration of orange and pink in a small suburban plot.  


Celebrate colour The painterly flourishes of this Piet Oudolf planting scheme give it the look
of an Impressionist masterpiece

Be inspired by… ruby and rose flowers, rusty ornaments, new plants, diary dates and our tender plants quiz. Plus: win a picnic set from Sophie Allport!

Must-have plants for carefree colour Take a bold and adventurous approach to ‘difficult’ colours for borders that shine

Dare to dazzle with dahlias From blowsy cactus and waterlily types to singles and tight little pompoms, dahlias can’t be beaten for colour choice and shape

Grow a vibrant viticella These good-natured climbers are ideal for small gardens, hiding fences with masses of flowers

What to do this month Keep an eye on watering and weeding this month, tame your lawn and tie in dahlias as they grow

Tidy summer shrubs Now’s the time to prune back early-flowering shrubs. Here’s what to do

Create your own colour box Team these vibrant flowers for
a high voltage, hard-working midsummer border

“Our borders are buzzing with wildlife” This prairie-style garden has a light and airy feel thanks to its billowing, bee-friendly borders

“I wanted to create a sense of journey” This long, narrow plot is full of colourful twists and turns

“It’s a blaze of colour all summer” A collection of 350 hostas fills this stylish garden with tactile foliage

Borde Hill These glittering gardens erupt with colour in spring, followed by fragrant roses and sumptuous summer borders

Discover nature’s paintbox  Welcome colourful creatures into your garden. They’ll bring dazzling hues and the buzz of biodiversity

Grow a rainbow in the veg patch Colourful fruit and veg are key to a healthy diet. Here’s our pick of the crops to grow at home

Ask Garden Answers Our experts answer your gardening questions

Border Rescue Small trees and climbers rescue an overlooked plot

Design Solutions Introduce colour with flowers, foliage and a pink wall

Beat drought with automatic watering Make sure plants don’t
go thirsty, with an irrigation system

Freshen up your woodwork! Brighten up the garden by painting fences, sheds and furniture the latest colourful shades

Grow clematis ‘Little Lemons’ This dainty climber is ideal for pots

Stunning 3-litre shrubs Buy 3 for £30 or 6 for £48

Save money on Chelsea plants Buy 2019 winner, sedum ‘Atlantis’

Over to you Readers share their gardening stories and photos
to win secateurs and bird food   

Puzzles and prizes Win a Global Stone Light for the garden, or Hayloft plants and vouchers

Garden view Don’t let the colour wheel boss you about, says our columnist Alex Mitchell