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Plant for colour all year round

With a little bit of planning, you can guarantee your garden will be full of colour and interest from spring through to winter


March to May

Photos iStock, Anna-Lisa De’Ath

After a grey winter, spring is the ideal time to fill your garden with colour and there’s a great selection of flowering plants on offer at this time of year. To avoid being overwhelmed with choices at the garden centre, draw up a planting plan before you go. Think about where in the garden spring flowers will look best, and which of your existing plants they will go well with. Try to stagger the flowering times of your spring bulbs to ensure a continuous display that will last until your summer blooms are ready to appear. Bright yellow narcissi look great against the green of a lawn, while late tulips, that start blooming in May, look pretty mixed with flowering shrubs, such as lilac and mock orange. As time goes on, bulb flowers will be gradually replaced by flowering perennials such as peonies, oriental poppies, and delicate aquilegia.

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At last we can kiss goodbye to the dark, dreary days of winter and look forward to the lighter, brighter days of spring. Easter comes early this year, so to celebrate we’ve put together some scrummy recipe ideas that are perfect if you’re having family and friends over during the Easter weekend (p.100). And, if you want to make it extra special, why not try your hand at our beautiful Easter craft projects to decorate your dining table too (p.60)? If you’re planning to make the most of the long bank holiday weekend with a spot of decorating, make sure you take a look at our brilliant eight-page spring trends forecast on page 36. We’ve picked the five hottest looks from the high street, so whether you’re drawn to laid-back coastal blues, eye-popping tropical brights or calming candy colours, you’re sure to find some inspiration for your new colour scheme. Sick of waiting for your other half to do the decorating? Then turn to page 66, where we’ll guide you step by step through the basics of tiling. I know the bank holiday is the time of year when many of you are ready to get back out in the garden. So on page 114, you’ll find our suggestions for which plants to include in your beds and borders to guarantee your garden is full of colour all year long – yes, even in winter! Finally, if like me, your pets are important members of your family, then make sure you read our low-down on pet insurance on page 18. Your furry friends will thank you!