Welcome to the latest edition of Scottish Gardener magazine and if this season is a little short of mists and mellowness, we can still enjoy the glorious spectacle of autumn at Little Tombuie, the beautiful garden set high above the River Tay that we feature in this issue.

Here at more than 500ft above sea level, all kinds of remarkable trees and shrubs are quite at home, thanks to gardener Sally Chrystal's dedication to growing them from seed.

We find out more about seeds in Alison Swanson's allotment update, where she shares some handy tips on turning this year's crop into next year's abundance and in this edition's Plant Selection we look at some exciting choices to plant now for flowers and scent during the winter months.

Once most of the year's foliage and flowers have disappeared it's a chance to take a close look at your garden and to decide if you could make better use of the space. Would you like to get rid of a waterlogged lawn, smooth out a slope or create a seating area in a sunny corner? Knowing where to start can be tricky, so we've asked landscaper Gavin Mathison of GM Land Solutions to give us his advice on how best to work with a contractor in order to create a better garden.

Getting outdoors and into a beautiful green space can do wonders for how you feel and we've been looking at some projects across Scotland that are focused on the benefits of gardening for physical and mental health.

And if you've ever felt slightly bereft when your favourite blossoms fade, you'll be inspired by Sharon Kitchen who is an expert in taking the fleeting beauty of flowers and turning them into rich pigments, which she uses to dye exquisite silk ribbons.

We've also got all our usual features, including gardening news from around Scotland, your guide to what to do now in the garden, readers' letters and our much-loved gardeners' crossword. So if rain stops you from getting on with autumn chores, settle down and enjoy the season through the pages of Scottish Gardener magazine.

Agnes Stevenson,
Scottish Gardener Editor

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