In the gar­den with Linda Ross

Sum­mer gar­dens are re­lax­ing and vi­brant places to soak up the beauty of na­ture, rest up and recharge. Fill­ing your gar­den with dry tol­er­ant flow­ers and shrubs will cre­ate a great vibe and won­der­ful sanc­tu­ary.

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Gar­den seats

A gar­den bench, whether painted, treated or weath­ered hard­wood, clas­sic or de­tailed, is the per­fect spot to take in your gar­den with a friend. Some­times benches are places from which to take in the view, as if at the theatre, as on this page; other times they serve as the view­point them­selves, cre­at­ing a pic­ture in the gar­den. Take time dur­ing the hol­i­days to place the per­fect bench in your gar­den, and it will en­cour­age you sit and en­joy the view.

Say ‘ hol­i­days’ with flow­ers

In the dic­tio­nar­ies of ‘florig­ra­phy’ there are flo­ral choices for ex­press­ing emo­tions as com­plex as a tepid af­fec­tion (daf­fodils) and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of loy­alty (vi­o­lets) but there is no flo­ral choice ex­press­ing the sen­ti­ment ‘ Yay - it’s hol­i­day time!’ To re­dress the lack, here’s our choice of the top 5 flow­ers that wave happy hol­i­day flags though sum­mer.

Per­fect for hot spots and pots, red gera­ni­ums are ex­cel­lent as gifts or for speed­ily dec­o­rat­ing the out­door ta­ble. Look for ‘Big Red’, which has big­ger flow­ers than usual and is a strong per­former. It also comes in pink. You’ll get a rain­bow of colour from one packet of zin­nia seeds. Or, if you’ve left it a bit late, you can find zin­nias in flower in pots in nurs­eries. Mix up the colours to get the wildest ef­fect. Zin­nias flower best in full sun – keep an eye out for mildew late in the sum­mer if the weather is hu­mid.

These sim­ple but daz­zling flow­ers bring on Hawai­ian fan­tasies of balmy nights and cock­tails, grass skirts op­tional. There are lots of cul­ti­vars bred to do well in pots, so choose the colour and style that suits and feed of­ten to keep the flow­ers com­ing.

This flower lights up the night gar­den. Each bloom only lasts a sin­gle night, but what a show! Per­fumed, glow­ing like the moon and as big as a plate, few flow­ers can chal­lenge the queen for im­pact and sheer en­joy­ment.

Sum­mer bursts into colour with a bou­quet of hi­bis­cus. Photo: Getty

Gera­nium ‘Big Red’ is a sum­mer stand­out. Look for it at your lo­cal nurs­ery.

Mix up your zin­nia colours for best ef­fect. Photo: Su­rachai / Shut­ter­stock

The late-night gar­den party-an­i­mal, Queen of the Night Cac­tus. Photo: isky­dancer / Shut­ter­stock

A gar­den seat is the per­fect spot to take in your gar­den

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