Plants: now cool enough to wear their shades in­doors…

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Pro­fes­sor Green helped open this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Kelly Brook is This Morn­ing’s new gardening cor­re­spon­dent, while the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s stu­dent mem­ber­ship has swelled by 1,300%. Proof that a pas­time once re­served for your grandpa is now as hip as fer­ment­ing vine­gars in jam jars. “Get­ting up close and per­sonal with soil is also proven to have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on men­tal health,” says Jo Ar­nell, a gar­den de­signer beloved by the fash­ion set. (Turns out there’s a bac­te­ria found in it called my­cobac­terium vac­cae, which stim­u­lates pro­duc­tion of the happy hor­mone sero­tonin.)

Not got a patch of your own? Try a multi-sen­sory win­dow box in­stead. For a fra­grant, ed­i­ble dis­play that lasts all year, Ar­nell sug­gests mix­ing frothy bronze fen­nel with pur­ple-tinged Thai basil and var­ie­gated pineap­ple mint, fin­ished with the tiny trail­ing mauve flow­ers of lemon thyme. Just maybe don’t put them all in the same salad…

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