Amateur Gardening cover 23 November 2019

What’s in this issue…

Jobs for this week

Time For The Kindest Cut
Ruth’s guide to pruning all manner of trees
and shrubs

Remove A Large Tree Branch
Hard-prune a philadelphus, plus trees and shrubs to leave alone

Roses In The Autumn
Essential rose care, as Ruth considers
cutting back and hygiene

Britain In Bloom Winners
Celebrating community gardening, with
the RHS finalists revealed


Great garden ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas
Feast your eyes on practical presents for gardeners of all ages

Plant A Mahonia
Want to cultivate heady fragrance? Hazel has the best options

Blue Roses
Will they ever really exist – and furthermore, would we want them?

New Roses for 2020
We look at some of the latest introductions to see in the new year

Cool Containers
Perfectly positioned pots filled with evergreens and winter flowers


Gardening wisdom

Peter Seabrook
It’s a rosy future, as Peter looks at disease-resistant cultivars

Bob Flowerdew
The real advantages of sieving and sorting your garden compost

Val Bourne
Do ailing trees send distress messages via chemicals? Val is listening…

Lucy Chamberlain’s Fruit and Veg
Greenhouse heating and insulation, perennial horseradish, fuchsia berries

Ask John Negus
Your questions on best berry hygiene, sandy compost and winter watering

Anne Swithinbank’s Masterclass
Want to protect bananas in winter? Anne shows you how to keep them going

How To Use Tools
Tim looks at composting practice and considers aerating, caddies and bins

A Gardener’s Miscellany
Graham looks at unusual and spectacular examples from the world of flora

How To Grow Hostas
Anne takes a look at glorious groundcover plants, small and large

Letters to Wendy
Compostable tea bags, a bespoke shed, toads and cranberry scones

Toby Buckland
Why our native trees fail to deliver intense autumn colour…


Cover pic: What a blue rose might look like (Getty Images)