Garden Answers – October 2017£3.99
In this month’s issue of Garden Answers get your free Physalis Alkekengi seeds worth £2.99.
Lots of garden inspiration, bright ideas for shady places, Top 10 spring bulbs & Autumn colours.
October is a magical month in the garden. The days are shorter, the air is fresher and the light is unsurpassable – all conspiring to create a unique atmosphere. Deciduous plants respond by delivering up their autumn colours -hidden from view all year until the green chlorophyll in their leaves recedes, revealing anthocyanins (red & purple pigments), carotenoids (orange) and xanthophylls (yellow). This issue we take a look at the autumn colour palette and find ways to combine plants for dramatic effect. We’re also celebrating the role of Japnese maples as harbingers of autumn. So whether you’re planning or planting your garden this month, do share your results with us – we always love to see your photos! – Liz Potter (Editior)
Garden Answers – September 2017£3.99
September is a gorgeous month in the garden. It’s not too hot or too dry, the sun’s still shining most days and if you’ve picked the right plants for late-summer flowers, there’s plenty of colour left to enjoy.
This month we’ve focused on those late-summer lovelies that will fill your borders with colour right to the frosts. Asters, Japanese anemones, late kniphofias, dahlias and sedums are perfect perennials to fire up a tired-looking planting scheme, while summer-long stalwarts such as penstemons and geraniums play a vital back-up role, offering both colour and continuity. Turn to page 14 for more seasonal planting ideas.
I’ve been nibbling away at the lawn again. There never seems to be enough space in my tiny garden, so a large grassy sward seems a bit of a luxury. Not that mine is much of a sward – it’s full of clover, plantain, moss and clumps of purple bugle. The bees love it, and starlings enjoy poking around in the turf for beetles. But if you’d like advice on keeping a more pristine lawn than mine, turn to our Buyer’s Guide to rakes and scarifiers, on page 95.
And if you fancy taking an inspirational break from the weeding this month, where better to visit than Pensthorpe Millennium Garden in Norfolk? I paid a visit several Septembers ago; rain was hammering down and the clouds were thuderous grey. Yet, most impressively, the planting still looked breath-taking, with a fresh luminosity in the weak sunlight. I can heartily recommend it – turn to page 64 and you’ll see why.
Garden Answers August 2017£3.99
In this issue:
FREE SEEDS! Worth £2.95
Your easy guide to Garden Colour Special! Combine plants for flowers every day of the year!
Helenium: Grow nature’s little sunbeams!
Behind the scenes at Great Dixter
- Welsh Cottage idyll where flowers rule
- Butterfly haven is a plant-packed paradise
- Suburban plot filled with perennial colour
- Inject style & colour: Design ideas for instant wow!
- Connect with nature: 10 wildlife projects for summer
- Create garden drama: Plants for purple foliage effects
PLUS! Your chance to WIN a set of Stihl Cordless Tools worth £297!
Garden Answers – July 2017£3.99
Celebrate summer spires – Delphiniums and romantic roses look fabulous teamed with silver stachys at Wollerton Old Hall
Be inspired by… The buzz of summer borders, rose-themed shopping, hostas and other flowers for now, a fragrant herby basket to plant, diary dates and our quick quiz on grasses
Opposites attract – Create drama in summer borders using contrasting shapes, textures and colours. We show you how to combine them
Create a lighter look – For space and light, graceful see-through plants are perfect
Add some heat with fiery crocosmia – These dazzling flowers will give extra oomph to borders
What to do this month – Make the most of plants by deadheading blooms and propagating strawbs
Make a silver statement – Silver plants have metallic good looks and tactile foliage
Put foliage in the spotlight – Give leaves a starring role in borders with these three exciting planting schemes for pots and borders
Plant a spiky surprise – Team silvery blue foliage with sorbet-pink flowers for this dramatic display
“Our garden looks good all year round” – A suburban plot in Bedfordshire is full of clever ideas and grand views
“I’ve planted a Mediterranean paradise” – Holidays to Italy and Crete inspired this Cornish haven filled with palms and hardy exotics
“It’s a relaxing haven for wildlife” – This tranquil garden in Wales has a laidback look that draws in local wildlife
Garden to visit – Packwood House has a magical topiary garden
Meet the forgotten pollinators – Discover the unsung heroes of pollination: hoverflies, solitary bees and the humble house sparrow
Enjoy a taste of chicories – These dandelion relatives will add delicious crunch to mealtimes
Ask Garden Answers – Your questions answered on feeding, pruning, weeds, pests and diseases
Make a garden more child friendly – Youngsters needn’t spell disaster for green-fingered grown-ups
Wage war on weeds! Weedkillers can deal a deadly blow to tiresome garden invaders. Here’s how to choose between them
Soak up the sunshine – Invest in a sunlounger to make sure you boost your vitamin D this summer
10 free* scented cottage garden pinks & snips for every reader this month – *just pay £5.65 postage
Clematis and buddleia collection – Save cash on these fabulous butterfly favourites
Over to you – Reader letters and prize-winning photos
Puzzles and prizes – Enter our crossword this month to win a free clematis ‘Taiga’, or try your hand at the wordsearch to win a £50 voucher for Hayloft Plants
Garden view – With green fingers and a heart of steel, Helen Billiald turns cold-blooded tree killer when its shade threatens her veg
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Garden Answers Chelsea Special 2017£3.99
With this month’s CHELSEA SPECIAL issue of Garden Answers are 2 packs of FREE seeds worth £2.98, including Larkspur ‘Blue Spires’ and Foxglove ‘Apricot’.
Inside the issue there’s a sneak preview of this year’s Chelsea Show, featuring must-see designs for 2017, behind-the-scenes pictures, budget-friendly shopping for show garden chic and we show you how to create a Chelsea border.
PLUS designer plants and how to pair them, discover fancy gourmet salads, must-have irises, 48 FREE English Lavender plug plants (just pay postage!) and much more!
Garden Answers May 2017£3.99
In this issue:
Short on style – big on space
Fabulous foxgloves – dreamy spires for the perfect cottage garden
Small garden inspiration: seaside suntrap, hardy exotics, city courtyard, leafy haven
- Veg patch torpedos
- Cascades of flowers
- Easy salvage style
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