WHAT TO DO
In small-town gardens, ricketty boundaries may be the single greatest problem in terms of the way the garden looks.
Spending money on securing boundaries, with strong fenceposts in between sound panels, will improve the look of a garden more radically than extra plants. When the boundary is secure, stretch wires across at intervals of 30cm, so that you have plenty of places to tie in new growth.
WHAT TO BUY
Grow something new from seed this year. If you want flowers to pick, try a patch of the white love-in-a-mist called 'Albion Green Pod' (Chiltern £2.25). Or grow papalo (Chiltern £2.60), a coriander-like herb used by the Aztecs, before coriander ever got itself into Mexico. Visit chilternseeds.co.uk or call 01491 824675