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Make the most of your 2 for 1 Entry Card and Guide
Escape to a garden… • Our nation’s beautiful gardens are open and ready for visitors – and 360 of them feature in our 2 for 1 Entry Card and Guide, which accompanies this issue, so start planning your visits now
We love May • It’s going to be an unusual May – no Chelsea Flower Show, no Malvern Spring Festival and not much in the way of bustling crowds and long languorous lunches. The comforting fact is that, in spite of the global upheavals and heartache of the past year, our gardens remain unmoved and unbothered by pandemics and lockdowns. The plants don’t need vaccinations or social distancing – all they need is sunshine, occasional rain and your appreciation. If we only learn one thing from all this turmoil it is to appreciate the phenomenal power that gardens have to make us feel so much better.
Expert ’s choice Single late tulips • These classic tulips are at their peak now, perfect for stylish container combinations, says Graham Rice
The Full monty • Musing on his own mortality, Monty realises that while there is much he’d miss, he’s already at the gates of heaven in the month of May
Have your say • The view from your side of the fence
Clippings • Our roundup of the month’s latest gardening news and views
My gardening world Joe Lycett • Joe Lycett is a British comedian and television presenter. He has hosted BBC One’s The Great British Sewing Bee and appeared on BBC Two’s Live at the Apollo. He also hosts the Channel 4 consumer justice show, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back.
News in brief
Sprung from the EARTH • Use only plants that suit the soil beneath your feet and you’ll save time, energy, water and money in making the blooming, healthy garden of your dreams, says Monty
Plants for places • Longmeadow’s varied soil conditions direct Monty’s planting choices
Blooms to lift the gloom • Shady areas of the garden can become a highlight – just look to nature’s natural canopy to transform dark corners, says Carol
Carol’s shady storey
Alan’s no-fuss containers • Go back to basics with Alan’s guide to creating perfect pots bursting with colour every time
CHOOSING YOUR CONTAINERS • Different pots suit different plants, locations and budgets – here are my tips on the main options
CHOOSING YOUR COMPOST • Some plants need specific types of potting compost to ensure they grow well in containers. Opinions tend to vary on the exact mixes, but here are my preferences
Your best-ever hanging baskets • Create four breathtaking baskets with our easy recipes and step-by-step planting guide
Planting your hanging basket
Container pond • Bring water to a garden of any size with Adam Frost’s stylish mini pond
“I want it to be a place that lifts the spirits” • Hidden away on a residential street in South London, Mohammed Badat’s tropical fantasy earned him a coveted finalist place in our 2020 Gardens of the Year competition
What you can win
Could you be a winner? • Enter now and your plot could be featured in our magazine
Gardening for wildlife
How to enter • Our competition is open to gardens from across the UK, of all shapes and sizes – so just give it a...