Climate: Winter brings frosts and some rain but it’s generally a low rainfall area with dry summers.
Hours spent in garden: Very few, just cutting back perennials and an autumn clean-up. It’s not a highmaintenance garden. There is no lawn, and bark chips suppress weeds in the rare places where soil is visible. Favourite plants: Achillea, lavenders… or is it the Verbena bonariensis that throws itself around the garden and waves? I am in good company: the bees, monarch butterflies, waxeyes and finches love it too. Favourite plant combination: Smoke bush and maroon tulips with white hydrangeas, Japanese anemones and white berries.
Most useful tool: Long-handled leaf tongs.
Most bountiful edibles: Rhubarb and tomatoes. Gardening, for me: Is the expression of my creativity and essential to my well-being.