Sum­mer can be tough on gar­dens, so give new plant­ings lots of wa­ter and shade.

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Jennifer Stack­house on hardy plants for sum­mer.


(Oci­mum basilicum) Basil grows well while temperatures are warm and thrives in a sunny gar­den, a raised veg­etable plot or in a pot on a win­dowsill. It’s a must-have herb for sum­mer meals, so pop seeds or seedlings in now.


(Bras­sica ol­er­acea Gem­mifera Group) Tim­ing of sow­ing is crit­i­cal. Sow seeds in sum­mer so the plant grows in late au­tumn and early win­ter when days are cool and get­ting shorter and sprout for­ma­tion is at its best. Space plants 60cm apart.


(Physalis pe­ru­viana) Cape goose­berry is a tomato rel­a­tive with tiny yel­low flow­ers. Each flower pro­duces an edi­ble berry con­cealed in a paper-lan­tern cov­er­ing — some­times known as a cape — that pro­tects fruit from dam­age. Fruit ripens well into win­ter.


(Persea amer­i­cana) ‘Wurtz’ is a pop­u­lar va­ri­ety of dwarf av­o­cado with a weep­ing habit and rich tasty fruit that is an ex­cel­lent choice for plant­ing in small gar­dens. Grow in a warm, frost-free spot in the ground or in a large tub.


(La­van­dula an­gus­ti­fo­lia) English laven­der flow­ers in sum­mer. En­joy­ing sun, good drainage and low hu­mid­ity, it does best across south­ern Aus­tralia where sum­mers are dry. In less than op­ti­mum cli­mates, grow it in a ter­ra­cotta pot with well-drained pot­ting mix.


(Lu­naria an­nua) Hon­esty blooms in spring with mauve, white or bi­colour flow­ers but has per­sis­tent and dec­o­ra­tive seed­pods in sum­mer. This is also the time to scat­ter seeds if you want this plant to grow in your gar­den next spring.


(Hy­drangea macro­phylla) As End­less Sum­mer hy­drangeas flower on new wood, these once sum­mer-only flow­er­ing shrubs can bloom from late spring to au­tumn. Also look out for ‘Love’ hy­drangea with its dou­ble flow­ers, as well as new com­pact va­ri­eties for pots.


(Se­dum ‘Au­tumn Joy’) Se­dums are un­de­mand­ing and drought-hardy suc­cu­lents with colour­ful au­tumn blooms. Leaves emerge in spring with flow­ers form­ing in late sum­mer. Bees love these nec­tar-rich flow­ers. Now is the time to add to gar­dens or pots.

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