The Ornamental Garden

Water as feature – the hotter it gets, the more we appreciate water outdoors. Birdbaths, bowls of water lilies or other aquatic plants are an easy way to enjoy water in the garden. A good design effect can be achieved with a ‘dry riverbed’ – usually this is a serpentine path of stones with curving base giving the effect of sides of a riverbank

Any garden looks great with hot shades of pinks, reds and corals – colours of geraniums, petunias and impatiens – annuals that are easy to grow and flower quickly

Deadheading horses, giving spent lavender flowers a trim and cutting back spring flowering shrubs – all give the summer garden an instant makeover!