Amateur Gardening cover May 12 2018

What’s in Amateur Gardening 12 May 2018

Jobs for this week

Holiday inspiration for your garden

Ruth Hayes looks at the exotics you can grow at home

Perking up your daffodils

How to improve the performance of your spring bulbs

Caring for pelargoniums

Ruth Hayes shows you how to care for these tender favourites

Using invasive comfrey 

This plant can help to feed your garden, says Ruth Hayes

Free seeds: dimorphotheca 

Fill pots and borders with these long-flowering beauties


Great garden ideas

Pick of the very best: zinnias

Graham Rice showcases six RHS AGM-winning varieties

Plants on the move

Moving house? Can you take your plants? If so, which ones?

Jump start summer!

Awful spring? Make up for it with quick-growing plants

Fall for ferns

Great for tricky conditions and adding interest in shady areas

Get the look 

A town garden with a difference in Wiltshire


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook

New primrose that has won a record four RHS awards

Bob Flowerdew

To nip or not to nip? Bob’s views on tomato side shoots

Val Bourne’s garden wildlife

How hardy geraniums can fill the gaps during May

Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg

Hardening off, onion care, veg in pots and containers

Anne Swithinbank’s masterclass

Anne shows you how to fill the ‘hungry gap’

Your questions answered

Feeding lupins, growing peonies, ‘aliens’ in my lawn!

Gardener’s miscellany

Graham’s theme for puzzles and trivia is the tulip

How to grow chrysanthemums

Anne Swithinbank offers her hints and tips

Your letters

A touch of the tropics, propagating check, cymbidium orchid

Toby Buckland 

Black-skinned toms are tougher and tastier, says Toby


Product test

Tried and tested

We test six types of hanging basket to find the best


Cover photo

Papaver somniferum ‘Victoria Cross’ (pic: Alamy)