Tips for the garden
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.