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Cultivate your style

Discover a look you love and be inspired to achieve the garden of your dreams

Gardens come in all sorts of styles, from contemporary to classic, urban to country, and the planting used can range from native British plants to exotic orientals. To give your garden a sense of cohesion, it’s best to choose one style and plant your beds and borders accordingly. No matter how big or small your plot, there’s a garden style to suit you.

Shine some light on a forgotten corner with the addition of bright cosmos and cheery sunflowers
Image Lizzie Orme

Country cottage

A classic cottage garden is a real treat for the senses with an abundance of blooms, bursting with colour and rich in scent.

While it may appear a carefree affair, in reality regular maintenance in the form of staking, tying plants into supports and cutting back is called for. However, for keen gardeners who love nothing more than a daily potter this is ideal. The key is to create a feeling of joyful abandon, with borders bursting at the seams, while avoiding plants strangling one another or flopping over in heavy rain.

Understated this look is not, you want to see colour everywhere, with beds crammed full of flowers of all shapes and sizes from the likes of sweet peas, hollyhocks, delphiniums and aquilegias, while roses tumble over walls, sweetly scented honeysuckles scramble over arches and lavenders spill onto paths.

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Spring is in the air, so it’s the perfect time to drag your home out of the winter doldrums and freshen it up with a coat of paint and a few bright new accessories. And, in this issue, we’ve got lots of affordable ideas for giving your home a quick facelift. On page 37 we take a look at this season’s hot new trends on the high street – from cool coastal vibes to edgy ethnic touches, fresh florals to touchy-feely textures, I know you’ll find a look you love. When it comes to the smallest room in the house (yes that’s right, the downstairs loo), it’s often a bit forgotten and unloved in the décor stakes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just turn to page 48 to see how small really can be beautiful! If your kitchen is in need of a revamp but you don’t want to change the units, then consider replacing the flooring. Take a look at our purse-friendly ideas on page 54 to see what a big difference it can make – without the hassle of ripping out your cabinets! Now the weather is getting a bit better, it’s time to start knocking your garden into shape so you can sit out and enjoy it over the months ahead. This month in our gardening section we take a look at some of the most popular garden styles – cottage, Japanese, formal and prairie – and show how easy it is to achieve them in your own garden (p.114). Last but not least, in our food pages this issue we’ve got some utterly scrummy pie recipes that I know you’re going to love (p.100). Trust me, the cheesy fish pie is to die for!