Amateur Gardening cover 23 June 2018

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23 June

Free seeds worth £2.29

Jobs for this week

Tips for great summer bedding
Ruth shows you how to get the best out of your bedding
Four ideas for colourful bedding
How to make sure that colours don’t clash
How to tackle mildews
Ways to beat this common summer complaint
Create more roses via cuttings
Now is a good time to propagate many plants, says Ruth
Keeping clematis in shape
Ruth explains how to trim and feed your Group 1 climbers
The delights of biennials
Sow now for a great display next year, says Ruth
Free seeds/What’s on
How to sow your dwarf hollyhocks and events near you

Great garden ideas

How to grow Alstroemeria
Anne explains all about this South American beauty
Pick of the very best: Aquilegia
A cottage-garden favourite with distinctive shape
Why biennials are worth the wait
Open up a world of fabulous plants, says Louise
Striking flowers for shady gardens
Nine great flowers that are happy in the shade
Get the look
A cottage-style garden that was once a farmyard

Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
I’m not an enthusiast of ‘no-dig’ gardening, says Peter
Bob Flowerdew
Weeds choking our ponds have many uses, says Bob
Val Bourne’s garden wildlife
Val was sceptical about ‘bee boxes’, but now she’s a convert
Lucy Chamberlain’s fruit and veg
Tidy fruit fans, prune fruits, plant melons, beware of beetles
Anne’s masterclass
Anne’s top tips for growing flamboyant exotics
Ask John Negus
Best for baskets, moving a ‘sad’ holly, beating powdery mildew
RHS explains
Why the mechanism of a seed is a wonder of nature
A gardener’s miscellany
Fascinating facts about roses, plus puzzles
Your letters
Bindweed blues, recycling milk containers, ‘albino’ spiders
Toby Buckland
Not all moths are harmless, as Toby discovers

Product test

Tried and tested
Five lithium-ion battery mowers for small-to-medium lawns
Cover photo: Dianthus barbatus ‘Dash Magician’ (pic: GAP)