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I re­ally should apol­o­gise for the floppy bor­der on page 90. Nor­mally ev­ery page of Gar­den An­swers is packed with pris­tine plant­ing com­bi­na­tions and gor­geous reader gar­dens for in­spi­ra­tion. But this month I’ve been brave and put one of my own ail­ing borders up for in­spec­tion in our new Bor­der Res­cue fea­ture... The idea is that our res­i­dent gar­den­ing guru, Ian Hodg­son (Kew-trained, RHS-ap­proved), casts his crit­i­cal eye over a plant­ing scheme and of­fers con­struc­tive ad­vice on what to take out, what to di­vide or cut back, and what to plant in­stead. He’s a mine of plant­ing and de­sign ideas so if you’d like to take part in the fea­ture please do get in touch. Just send us an up-to-date photo, to­gether with any rel­e­vant info on the lo­ca­tion and soil type, and we’ll sug­gest some suit­able plants that will thrive there. We’ve got all sorts of colour­ful plant­ing ideas for au­tumn this month. On page 14 we re­veal au­tumn’s es­sen­tials – those cheer­ful end-of-sea­son plants no gar­den should be with­out. From the fad­ing beau­ties and fresh young blooms that last well to the frosts, to the at­ten­tion-seek­ing hips, stems and berries that pro­vide a pop of colour, this fea­ture will arm you with a range of bright ideas to cheer up this dark and chilly sea­son. Happy gar­den­ing!

AU­TUMN HUES Abies con­color Vi­o­lacea Group, im­per­ata ‘Rubra’ and pur­ple Physoste­gia vir­gini­ana – for more see p14; win­ter heathers

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