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Turn over a new leaf

Design a garden with foliage that is rich in texture and colour

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.

Here an air of the exotic is delivered with an impressive yucca and cordyline, which is cleverly reflected in the pool of water to double its impact
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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).