In the gar­den

Sea­sonal ideas for your out­door space

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

spikes of colour

Flow­er­ing from June, pur­ple looses­trife, Lythrum sali­caria, pro­vides valu­able nec­tar for long-tongued in­sects such as ele­phant hawk-moths and red-tailed bum­ble­bees. Suited to wet and boggy con­di­tions in the gar­den, this strik­ing wild­flower sends up mul­ti­ple tall stems from a sin­gle root stock. Each bears many bright pink flow­ers and long green leaves, which grow up the stems in op­po­site pairs.

fire pit warmth

From a work­shop in the Welsh Borders, Ti­mothy Ad­di­son Ross and his team hand-crafted this steel fire pit from 3mm thick steel. Rubbed over with oil once com­plete, it will even­tu­ally ox­i­dise to a deep au­tumn red colour. De­signed for use with wood to pro­vide warmth for out­door gath­er­ings, it is avail­able in 60, 70, 83, 90 and 120cm di­am­e­ters. The lat­ter is con­structed of 4mm steel.

plant­ing prom­ise

Low main­te­nance and pro­duc­ing scores of blooms, dahlias are a stal­wart of the sum­mer gar­den. Plant­ing tu­bers out from early May pro­tects from all but the lat­est of frosts. A well-drained spot in full sun is cho­sen to help plants thrive. When pre­par­ing the soil, plenty of or­ganic mat­ter is dug in to pro­vide fer­tile growth con­di­tions. Tu­bers are planted 4-6in (10-15cm) deep, spaced ap­prox­i­mately 30in (75cm) apart de­pend­ing on their ex­pected fi­nal size. Once the bushy plants have de­vel­oped, they are staked for sup­port as re­quired. Pinch­ing out shoots en­cour­ages a bushy habit. A thor­ough wa­ter­ing is re­quired each week. A high potash liq­uid feed ev­ery fort­night sup­ports plants once flow­ers have ap­peared.

Plain Jane fire pit from £175, www.firepit­

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