Amateur Gardening cover 11 May 2019

What’s in this issue…
Free seeds worth £2.35, plus:


Jobs for this week

The Right Bedding To Suit You
Ruth considers the best options for
cheerful summer carpets

Get The Most From Your Plants
How to create a healthy environment
for lasting colour

Lift And Store Your Bedding Tulips
Ruth explains why they should be lifted
after the first year

It’s Time For The Chelsea Chop!
The chop explained – plus, we recall AG’s Chelsea medal win

Cuttings Of Tender Perennials
Ruth takes cuttings, and moves last year’s into new pots

Toughen Up Those Plants!
It’s time to prepare your tender plants for life outside

How To Sow Your ‘Starfire Mixed’ Seeds
Make a great pest repellent with these French marigolds


Great garden ideas

Six Of The Very Best: Flowering Cherries
If you want beautiful blossom, this is Graham’s selection

Judging At Chelsea
AG’s Tamsin Westhorpe is a judge – and she reveals all!

Plant A Chelsea Winner!
Try some of the new plants which have won awards

What To Plant For Instant May Colour
Want to fill the May gap? Sally has some great options

Get The Look
A stunning rose-tunnel garden in the West Country


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
The right bulb size can make all the difference, says Peter

Bob Flowerdew
Don’t rush tender plants – try these smart hardening measures

Val Bourne’s Garden Wildlife
Pungent flowers also have their benefits, explains Val

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit And Veg
Focus on runner beans, use veg plugs, tips for training toms

Ask John Negus
Browned camellia, preventing sooty mould, lessons in ladybirds

How To Grow Hydrangeas
Anne Swithinbank’s top tips for cultivating spectacular shrubs

Best Way To Plant Hanging Baskets
Tim outlines the best technique for making an amazing display

A Gardener’s Miscellany
This week’s trivia and quizzes are all about asparagus spears

Anne’s Masterclass
Murky pond problems? Anne can help clear things up for you

Your Letters
Acer invaders, a smart pigeon scarer and wheelbarrow advice

Toby Buckland
Presenting some of the most dynamic daylilies you’ll ever see!


Cover image: Papaver orientale ‘Petticoat’ (pic: Alamy)