Cottage garden favourite
Phlox is a cool-climate perennial, loved for its softly coloured blooms on tall stems that rarely need staking. It looks superb in the cottage garden but also makes a striking addition to a modern landscape, teamed with grasses and other tall perennials.

Natives for tricky spots
Boggy, exposed, narrow, heavily shaded… sites such as these can seem hopeless for growing anything green, but Australian natives are made for harsh conditions, and there will always be options to help you out in the home garden. Find out which species and cultivars to try in seven problem spots, with options for all climates.

Curly collectables
Some plants like to twist and turn… It’s hard to resist corkscrew albuca, which looks just like it sounds, while devil’s ivy is one of those common houseplants that have made a real comeback in recent years – its long, languid growth is perfect for running up doorways, or trailing from shelves to give you that ‘indoor jungle’ look.

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Win a Lady Prong!
Win a Lady Prong!

Grab the February issue, and turn to page 84, complete the crossword and decipher the mystery word for a chance to win one of six Lady Prong digging tools. Competition closes February 5.

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Win a Fiskars pruning set

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