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Ferns

Lush ferny foliage can bring low-maintenance splendour to shade, and when mass-planted will allow you to transform an otherwise drab area into a leafy, tranquil paradise where you can sit,…

Bamboo

Bamboo can be relied on to add texture and colour to an evergreen planting scheme and wind filtering through the stiff canes makes a gentle rustling sound, which in urban…

Tips for giving the illusion of a big garden

Depth illusion Use plants with warm colours, such as yellow and orange, at the front of the garden and those with lighter or cooler shades, such as blue, green and…

Orange and purple flowers

Ideas for strong bright colours Imagine how much more inviting a sunny patio will look with containers filled with blooms in the tropical shades of scarlet and orange. To maintain…

Garden lawn

If you are looking at your miserable, post-winter, weather-beaten lawn and thinking that perhaps you should replace it with paving, think again. This solution might be a low-maintenance alternative but…

Debbie Dearnley's garden

It’s clear that Women’s Weekly readers love spending time outside. And after flicking through all of these glorious backyard photographs we’ve been sent, we’re certain you’ll agree that our community…

How to maintain a garden pond

Over the last century, nearly 70% of garden ponds have been lost from the UK countryside, meaning that man-made garden ponds have an increased importance for wildlife. A well-planted garden…

Sew seeds gathered from your garden iStock

Saving and swapping seeds isn’t just a brilliant way of saving money on creating a great garden, but it’ll also open it up to whole new avenues of possibility. Seeds…

How to permaculture garden toad

The term permaculture is big news in gardening at the moment. But what on earth is it? You could describe it as self-sufficiency with knobs on. Not only is it…

Royal rose fit for a queen istock

  Not only has the rose been the national flower of England since Tudor times, but many new varieties have been produced to commemorate key events over our current Queen’s…

A Hawthorn in flower is a gorgeous garden border Alamy

The style and atmosphere of a garden is created as much by the boundary that you choose to wrap around it as by the lawn, garden borders and sitting areas…

Prospect Cottage beach garden Alamy

To make your beach garden lush and colourful you need to look for plants with tough or waxy leaves or hairy foliage to block salty winds. Slim grassy leaves and…

A herb garden

A herb garden filled with herbs must be some of the hardest-working plants around. Not only do they look good and smell wonderful, they bring bees and other useful insects…

Get out in the garden in November and prepare your garden for winter – follow our expert tips and advice to make a gardening to-do list. Read our guide now…

Gardening

Whether you love smelling sweetly scented lilacs and freesias in the warmer months or prefer to see bright red berries growing on your holly bush during the winter, it’s almost…

There is plenty to do in your garden in October – follow our expert tips and advice to make a gardening to-do list. Read our guide now…

Growing lavender: if you dry your crop you're beautifully smelling plants will last for ages and look delightful  © iStock

I’m sure that when the Romans packed sprigs of lavender (their favourite deodorant) into their toiletry bags before they crossed stormy seas to invade Britain, they wouldn’t have imagined that,…