There's no quicker way to add a splash of colour to the garden than to plant annuals and biennials that can be moved around throughout the year to suit the overall scheme as it evolves. Add perennials, bulbs and small shrubs to these traditional bedding plants and a huge variety of effects can be achieved to bring the garden bursting into life and fill any gaps with stunning flowers.
* Garden design tips for colour, texture, scent and form
* Ideas for container schemes
* How to plant pots and beds
* How to propagate new plants from old
* Directory of recommended plants
Originally trained at Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Alan Titchmarsh is the author of over 40 books about gardening, including How to be a Gardener Book 1: Back to Basics, the fastest-selling of all time in the genre. He writes for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and is gardening correspondent for the Daily Express and Sunday Express. A frequent broadcaster, Alan has covered The Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC for over 25 years, presents Love Your Garden for ITV, and has a weekly show on Radio 2.