April is about getting busy with planning, planting and pruning, or if you prefer, just enjoying the spectacle of autumn foliage colour.
Plant now for winter wow
Winter can be a colourless time in the garden but it needn’t be. With a little planning and planting right now, you can fill borders and containers with flowering annuals to provide a riot of colour through winter and well into spring. We take a close look at 20 of the best annuals for autumn planting with expert growing tips to guarantee a super show.
You don’t need to have a large garden to enjoy the magic of autumn leaves. If you romance about their dazzling fiery hues, and the premium of dry material for making compost, check out our guide to 10 excellent small trees for autumn colour.
Fruit all year
Imagine having some type of fruit to harvest and enjoy whenever you step out into the garden. Our handy chart of 40 different fruits and their harvest periods will help you to plan your backyard orchard to provide you with fresh fruit year-round.
Perfect planting schemes
Creating planting schemes that sing takes years of practice and perfecting. To save you some of that time, we draw on Michael McCoy’s decades of design experience when he describes the principles of arranging plants for great effect.
There’s always something to prune, and in April, it’s time to trim hydrangeas, tidy up lavender and rosemary bushes and cut back spent raspberries and perennials. Our horticultural editor Phil Dudman shows you where to make the right cuts.
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