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This month’s magazine focuses on creating some late-summer sparkle in the garden. We’ve got hundreds of planting ideas that prove the show isn’t over until the frosts arrive! Choose from flowers in rampant red and lipstick pink, exuberant yellow and orange, and powerful purple and blue for super-chic colour-coordinated schemes. Elsewhere this issue we have pruning advice to rejuvenate woody lavender (see below), a handsome bug hotel made using a gabion, expert advice from telly gardener Adam Frost on using layers and a bee-friendly border pollinators will love. All this and more in this month’s issue!

Be inspired by… a border full of pink ‘fizz’, new plants in pastel shades, a crate container idea, dahlia festivals and plant quiz. Plus, win a Foscot firepit worth £100! 

Discover nature’s jewel box Colours sparkle in September’s warm, crisp sunlight. Here’s how to make the most of it

Dare to dazzle, with salvias Brightly coloured salvias boost summer borders and sustain late-flying pollinators

What to do this month Plant spring bulbs, tidy the pond and prepare for the season ahead. It’s also time to lift and divide perennials

Pruning made easy: lavender Trim and tidy these fragrant woody perennials as soon as the bees lose interest. Our expert shows how

Get creative, with layers Planning to create a new border? Adam Frost explains how to make your planting school look balanced and natural, with layering

Plant a bed for pollinators Choose bee-pleasing blush and blue flowers for a soothing end-of-summer treat

“Tender flowers fill our garden with colour” Exotic plants weave through these lush borders, creating a bold and colourful look

“We love to mix traditional with tropical” Foliage plays a key role in this city plot, filled with tropical, oriental and herbaceous plants

“We wanted a towering canopy of palms” A dense canopy of tropical plants gives this stylish modern garden a lush jungly feel

Garden to visit: Powis Castle The grounds of this historic castle are full of inspirational planting

Who’s living in your compost heap? Composting creates homes for minibeasts and food for birds

Build a smart new bug hotel Welcome beneficial insects with this handsome insect home from seedheads and salvage scraps

Make space for blackberries Cultivated blackberries offer sweet fruits and prickle-free stems

Design Solutions Our design guru shows how to squeeze a greenhouse and four veg beds into a small ornamental garden

Give your lawn an edge Read our buyers’ guide to edging tools

Garden view Alex Mitchell explains why it’s not easy being ‘green’