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This month we’re celebrating all the best things about autumn: the bleached-blonde grasses that sway in the breeze, the blushing foliage and architectural seedheads that create a sculptural presence in borders. We also take a look at the latest spring bulb collections to plant and the essential bulb planting kit to buy. Here’s a taster…

Be inspired by… a fiery autumn border, bulb tools, a vintage planter and our black flower quiz. Plus a chance to design and win your own gardening gloves! 

Discover plants that grow old gracefully Choose from late-season blondes, blushing beauties and architectural seedheads

Fall in love with feathery pennisetums These tufty grasses aren’t always hardy, so here are our favourites for looks and longevity

Three ways with Japanese anemones These autumn beauties are often planted alone. For a more integrated look, try these ideas

What to do this month Move shrubs, mulch borders, plant peonies and prepare for autumn

Hardwood cuttings Propagate new shrubs by taking cuttings from roses, fruit bushes and climbers

Plan your plants Adam Frost shares expert advice on planning and planting a new garden

Plant a little autumn sunshine Team rudbeckias with asters for a daisy display that’ll last to the frosts

“The whole garden sways in the wind” This unusual garden is filled with wafty, ethereal grasses

“There are surprises at every turn” Expect seasonal treats and wildlife galore in this colourful woodland garden  

“We’ve gone for an architectural look” A stylish suburban oasis with bamboos, clipped photinia and hakonechloas

Garden to Visit Wakehurst is Kew’s spectacular country cousin, and it comes alive in autumn

Create a hedgerow habitat 
Garden boundaries can offer wildlife access, food and shelter. Here’s how to improve them

Go crazy for nuts! Plant walnuts, cobnuts and hazelnuts for a harvest with more crunch

Ask Garden Answers Your questions answered by our experts

Border Rescue We solve a 1970s’ style conundrum, with conifers

Design Solutions Make the most of a tricky, sloping front garden with grasses and easy evergreens

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Buyers’ Guide: lawn tools Use the right kit to scarify and aerate your lawn this autumn

Garden view A little bit of Latin can be fun, says our columnist Pam Richardson