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“Pe­tite But­ter­fly” and its taller rel­a­tive Poly­gala myr­ti­fo­lia “Pur­ple But­ter­fly” and Te­coma capen­sis “Apri­cot”, orange-red cro­cos­mia and apri­cot gaza­nia. Another colour op­tion could be blue aga­pan­thus, plumbago and feli­cia with pink anisodon­tea and di­as­cia.

Plant beans, beetroot, car­rots, cu­cum­bers, egg­plant, melon, radish, toma­toes and squash. Plant a few let­tuce seedlings at a time, and har­vest while young and suc­cu­lent. Sum­mer let­tuce is best grown by di­rect sow­ing of seed, and if the soil is kept moist and the let­tuce har­vested early, they won’t bolt or have a bit­ter taste.

Plants ben­e­fit from a deep, once-aweek wa­ter­ing rather than from daily spray­ing, which en­cour­ages roots to re­main near the sur­face and dry out.

Hy­drangeas pro­duce a long-last­ing dis­play in sum­mer of white, pink, blue and mauve flow­ers that fade when left on the bush to an­tique shades. They need reg­u­lar and thor­ough wa­ter­ing, par­tic­u­larly on hot days. Hy­drangeas are long last­ing as cut flow­ers, pro­vided they are picked when the flower heads are ma­ture.

PLANT shrubs such as poly­gala.

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