Tips for the gar­den

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Basil ( Oci­mum basilicum) is an aromatic culi­nary herb. The leaves are used to flavour tomato dishes, pesto sauces, piz­zas, meat, poul­try, fish dishes. Grow in pots or gar­den in rich well-drained soil in a sunny as­pect, and pinch out grow­ing tips and flow­ers.

Shrubs for shade: try the new End­less Sum­mer range of hy­drangeas (Hy­drangea macro­phylla) which have re­peat flow­er­ing qual­i­ties. Try the white-flow­er­ing Blush­ing Bride as well as the red, blue and pink va­ri­eties.

Dwarf, medium and tall agapanthus in white and shades of blue add grace and colour to our sum­mer gar­dens. The white­flow­ered va­ri­eties are es­pe­cially use­ful, as they show up well in the evening gar­den.

The low, spread­ing growth habit of sunlov­ing por­tu­laca makes this sum­mer an­nual ideal as a ground­cover for banks, rock­ery pock­ets and be­tween paving. They are drought tol­er­ant and grow in or­di­nary soil.

Bay ( Lau­rus no­bilis) makes an at­trac­tive shrub in the gar­den and is of­ten grown as a clipped stan­dard. It was be­lieved that “nei­ther light­ning nor the devil will hurt a man who has a bay tree near him”. Leaves are used to flavour savoury and sweet dishes.

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