Dahlia Fireball combination from Ferdinandushof

Getting the right plant combinations is the secret to bringing your borders to life. Here's a planting scheme that makes the most of the vibrancy in colour and form of dahlias. 

Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.

Visiting pollinator c.David Murray

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’ c.Jason Ingram

GALLERY: Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses some of her favourite plants that brighten her September garden, even as summer draws to a close. Browse through our gallery of images for inspiration. (Images by Jason Ingram)

Late summer container combination from Kristy Ramage c.Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.