What to do this week

The Guardian - Weekend - - Gardens - Jane Per­rone er­rone

Visit this Need a break from the bus­tle dur­ing a trip out in Lon­don? The roof gar­den at Soas’s Brunei Gallery, part of the Univer­sity of Lon­don near Rus­sell Square, is a hid­den gem. Peter Swift’s de­sign uses min­i­mal­ist plant­ing fea­tures, raked gravel and a raised med­i­ta­tion area to evoke the spirit of Ja­pan. Open Tues­day to Saturday, 10.30am-5pm, ad­mis­sion free; soas. ac.uk/soas-life/roof­gar­den for de­tails.

Plant this If you’re look­ing for flow­ers that will thrive in dap­pled shade and round off late sum­mer with a flush of blooms, Ja­panese anemones are a fine choice; try pure white Anemone × hy­brida ‘Honorine Jobert’, dusty pink A. ‘Septem­ber Charm’ or darker pink A. ‘Prinz Hein­rich’. All need moist, fer­tile soil, and be warned: Ja­panese anemones will spread abun­dantly if happy. Height and spread: about 1m x 1m. In­stall this Wa­ter butts can be hard to ac­com­mo­date in a small gar­den, and they’re ugly, too, but why let all that pre­cious rain­wa­ter es­cape into the drains, es­pe­cially when plants pre­fer it to the stuff out of the tap? Take a tour of your down­pipes now; a wall-mounted wa­ter butt (I like the ones from wa­ter­butt.co.uk) saves space and d look­sloo stylish.

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