The concept of the living wall has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years.But, much as I love these technological marvels, there’s a far simpler, more cost-effective way to clothe buildings in a living cloak of green: plant some ivy.
Plant this Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are the plant that keeps on giving.Harvest the mildly garlicky leaves, then enjoy the white flowers in late summer through to autumn (they are also edible).
Mellow yellow: the last of the sunflowers provide some late-season colour.I have left the sweet pea structures on the plot, though the flowers are long gone.
They say if you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life.As someone lucky enough to have their passion as their profession, believe me when I tell you it means you never, ever switch off.
Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ thrives in full sun.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this I love Euphorbia characias, and it loves me – or at least my garden.
It seems you are never too old to try new gardening thinking.For the first time I have veered from seed, succumbed to an email ad and bought Organic Gardening Catalogue ‘super plugs’.
Rip it up and start again: the dahlias didn’t make it but their replacements thrive.Photograph: Allan Jenkins
One of the perils of gardening on a roof terrace is the need to keep plants in pots.
Try liatris spicata for late summer borders.Photograph: gianpinox/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Plant this Liatris spicata or prairie gayfeather is a grand addition to a late summer border or container scheme, with flower spikes of purple or white that look exotic but are tough and hardy.
• After it was announced that domestic violence killings have reached a five-year high, Boris Johnson said the government was “fully committed” to tackling the crime (Report, theguardian.
‘Intoxicating scent’: the rugosa still keeps its gorgeous crimson colour.Photograph: Allan Jenkins
The end of summer at the Danish summerhouse, banking on the bank holiday.
Fuchsia magellanica often appears as an escapee in hedgerows.Photograph: Getty Images
If you are wondering who is eating all the berries of your fuchsia bush, it’s me.
Bee balm makes great cut flowers.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this If you have moist soil, bee balm (Monarda didyma) is great.
• We’ve had the same wormery for over 10 years, giving us an endless supply of fantastic compost.
Martin Brassington is trying to get to grips with his overgrown garden.”Mary McKeownBiddenham, Bedfordshire
• I’ve tried using “Call me Ishmael” in Starbucks, but no one gets the allusion – or knows how to spell it (Letters, 12 September).
Senecio ‘Angel Wings’: a great houseplant.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this The large, silvery leaves of Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ make a bold statement in a container in full sun.