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