BBC Gardeners' World June 2018

Gardeners' World Magazine is the authoritative voice in gardening, the clear market-leader since it launched in 1991. The award-winning editorial includes topical, practical advice in the readers' favourite 'what to do now' section, and regular contributions and features from the top names in BBC gardening. Packed with fresh ideas and clear advice - the innovative approach offers creative, practical and problem-solving solutions to all keen gardeners.

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Day out with Adam Meet presenter Adam Frost in our exclusive autumn gardening day at Bowood, complete with bulb masterclass and private tour of house and garden – see p97. Start a flower patch Growing cut flowers is a rewarding way to bring the outside in and save you £££s! Make a start by joining our reader event – turn to p45. Potted know-how June is the ideal month to refresh your summer pots, so get it right with our videos, by container pro (and our deputy editor) Kevin Smith, at NEW video guide Cordless power tools are fast becoming the choice for many, thanks to their efficiency and ease of use. Watch our video guide to this month’s On Test at Passport to great gardens If you missed our special May issue featuring the annual 2-for-1…

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There’s no better month in the garden than June. All your efforts from spring are being rewarded, and if you’re starting afresh with a new plot or just a bit behind (and who isn’t after this year’s weather?), it’s a benign month that means ideas can quickly become reality.... A cut flower patch, new veg plot, a border revival? It’s all possible this month and we show you how to do these, and more, in this issue. It’s also the easiest moment to shop for colour and scent, with plants at their biggest and in peak condition after months of care from growers and garden centres. Well chosen and carefully planted, plants will romp away, giving you dramatic results fast. And it won’t cost an arm or leg if you follow…

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we love june for luscious shades of green

STAR OF THE MONTH Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’ Who doesn’t love a full-skirted blowsy peony? But growing them can be a bit of a lottery. Get the weather absolutely right and you will have enough beautiful memories to carry you right through until the autumn. But if it rains at the wrong moment then those perfect blooms are more likely to be so waterlogged that they will look like bunched up paper tissues. But let us not be pessimistic – we are gardeners after all, not soothsayers – and assume that the sun will always shine upon our endeavours and this year our peonies will be packed with zip, pep and perk. When planting be careful not to plant too deep. Deadhead after flowering. Foliage is quite dull after flowering so grow…

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expert’s choice hostas

When making my choice of top hostas for this piece, I was soon up to over a dozen, and it was easy to add a dozen more. There are so many fine varieties, many of which are easy to grow, and they keep coming – almost 80 new varieties have been listed by nurseries this spring. So what are we looking for in the best hostas? The plants must be elegant in shape as they develop and the colour and pattern of the foliage must be appealing. Attractive flowers are a welcome bonus, and autumn foliage colour brings another season of appeal, plus tolerance of summer sun is useful in many gardens, as is tolerance of dry spells. Oh, and a dense leaf cover to suppress weeds – well, who wouldn’t…

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the full monty

Everybody loves a good lawn. However, much rests in that innocuous word ‘good’. I am not immune to the pleasures of a perfect sward – the grass all of a type, cut to a machined uniformity and glowing with verdant health and (here’s the bit that sends certain hearts racing) devoid of the slightest trace of weed. But I don’t need any of those things to enjoy my bit of grass. What I love, above all, is that it should be green and soft and level-ish. I don’t really care what its component plants are, or which creatures I share it with. If I can walk on it, play football or cricket on it, ride a bike, sunbathe, wiggle my toes or eat my sandwiches on it, then I am satisfied. But…

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over the fence

With Monty Don pledging to reduce his use of plastic at Longmeadow, we question how the industry and home gardeners can also play their part Our gardens are awash with plastic: plastic pots, seed trays, compost bags, polythene cloches and garden hoses. It’s all so ugly and, worse, it’s wrecking the planet – the cracked pot you throw away today will still be out there in 400 years, shattered into microplastics, poisoning wildlife and turning coastlines into rubbish tips. I’ve been steadily reducing plastic in my garden for two years and mostly, it’s been quite easy – you just channel your inner Victorian. I sow into wooden seed trays labelled with lollipop sticks, prick out seedlings into newspaper pots and pot on into clay. I use glass cloches, metal watering cans and…