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June 2011 Issue:

Early Summer 2011

Make your own oasis! Add privacy; Create a tapestry of colour; 5 perfect plants for sunny spaces; Coast to coast inspiration; Colourful coleus make their mark; 10 ways to personalize your garden; Garden-fresh recipes and more!

Table of Contents


4 From The Editor

8 Feedback
What you think about what we do

10 CG Online

What's new on our website

89 Shopping Guide

90 Natural Selection
We love our native Tiarella cordifolia


13 News
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

16 Eco-minded gardener
CG's green guide to eco-friendly products, companies and ideas

18 Health
Natural remedies: Choose ginger for its pain-relief benefits

20 Profile
Shasta Daisy: You can't go wrong with drifting expanses of these faithful garden pleasers

24 Stephen Speaks
Coming up roses: Stephen makes a date with promise


Dirty Work
Beginner, intermediate and advanced privacy screens

30 Gardening 101
Colour theory: Frankie Flowers's primer on planting with colour

34 Top 5
Planting partners: Our pick of the best high-performance plants for bright corners


36 Curious & Curiouser
10 ways to pepper your garden with personality

42 Concrete Jungle
Contemporary tropical was a hot trend at the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

50 Nature & Nurture
A clever Zone 3 garden feels right at home in its surroundings

58 Against The Odds
Memories of the English countryside inspire a determined gardener in Zone 2


70 Up Close
A new leaf: Hard-working coleus finds itself once again in fashion

76 Kitchen Gardener

Modest heroes: Bite-sized burgers and small-portioned sides are just right for a sultry summer feast

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