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Turn over a new leaf

Feature Kate Harding

Foliage in our gardens is often thought of as simply a backdrop for flowering species, yet it is possible to turn the tables and let the leaves steal the show.

The Inner City Grace garden seen at a past RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was designed to bring a woodland feel to a city garden using a palette of green from hostas and ferns alongside natural materials of York stone and oak
Image Lizzie Orme

For many, the thought of opting for a border that focuses on foliage rather than flowers may sound a little one dimensional and dull. However, with some careful planning you can create a sophisticated, low maintenance garden that is full of colour all year round.

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Hoorah! Summer is here and if, like me, the sunshine makes you want to spend as much time as you can outdoors, then I know you’re going to enjoy this issue. To begin with we’ve got some gorgeous creative projects on page 60 to give your garden the ‘wow’ factor. The cat planter is my favourite, it’s so cute! Meanwhile, on page 66, we show you how to make raised beds for your garden – perfect if you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruit and veg. For many of us, summertime makes us think of beds and borders brimming with colourful flowers, but there’s another important element that you should spend time getting right and that’s the foliage. Turn to page 114 for our guide to which leafy plants will give your garden year-round interest. But, of course, gardening isn’t all about planting and pruning, you should always make time to enjoy your hard work. So why not treat yourself to one of our favourite new garden furniture designs on page 44? Talking of new designs, we’ve gone all contemporary on our kitchen and bathroom pages this issue, from glossy kitchens (p.55) to super sleek suites (p.48), you’re sure to find a look you love. Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of updating your bedroom, look no further than this month’s makeovers (p.24), and if you’re trying to choose a new colour for your next decorating scheme then why not try this season’s hottest shade – Denim Drift? On page 36 we’ve got some great colour scheming ideas to make this gorgeous shade of blue work in any home. Finally, make sure you take a peek at our recipe pages this month, as we’ve got some delicious ways to cool down with frozen desserts and ice lollies (p.100).

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Make the most of your outdoor space this summer by investing in a stylish new garden furniture set
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Travel the world in the comfort, and style, of your own home this season
Alison Newton took inspiration from both inside and out, when looking to inject colour and personality into a brand new bedroom extension
If you’ve fallen for the timeless tones of Dulux’s Colour of the Year, Denim Drift, then check out how to use this versatile colour with the latest summer shades
Kate Watkins used paint and fabrics to give her bedroom a nature-inspired makeover
Hannah Powell’s use of navy, coral and gold has created a rich and opulent bedroom – a far cry from the beige space she started with
Kitchens & bathrooms
Discover stylish glossy kitchens
If your bathroom feels like it needs to be brought into the 21st Century, take a look at these smart solutions
Fiona Taylor has completely transformed a once dark and dingy kitchen
Opt for reflective surfaces to achieve a sleek and sophisticated scheme
Reader homes
Clever updates have kept Anita Boyce’s home looking fresh and modern
Carolina Santana used textured wallpapers and nautical accessories to turn this once dated terrace into a totally unique family home
Step inside Flora’s north London home and you’ll find summer-by-the-beach all year round
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Great buys and advice to help your garden bloom
Design a garden with foliage that is rich in texture and colour
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