1 Don’t be overly polite. If everything is too tasteful, the garden will become bland. Remember, there is no such thing as a bad colour, although there can be bad combinations of colour.
2 You need a few star turns – those show-stopper plants that will get all the attention. But you also need a bit of rice with your curry – the hedges, paths and terraces that hold the garden together. And if I had my time over again, I would put in more structural planting.
3 Sowing seed and propagating from cuttings are two of the best things you can do to improve your mental state. Raising your own plants is tremendously relaxing.
4 Harvesting from your garden, whether you are cutting vegetables or a vase of flowers, is a very positive thing to do. Regularly walking through the garden makes you aware of its strengths and weaknesses, and looking closely means you keep on top of what needs to be done.
5 Soil is everything. Get to know what you have and put all your energy into improving it as far as you can.