Melianthus Major, the peanut butter plant.Photograph: Getty Images
Plant this One of the weirder common names for Melianthus major is the peanut butter plant, so if you get one, give it a sniff.
Plant this Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’, may look delicate, but happily this is one of the more hardy of the fuchsia clan.It’s compact (1m tall) and will cope with most soils, given full sun or dappled shade.
‘Plenty of pollinators are grateful for buttercups.We must ask ourselves every time we go to pull a plant that’s in the wrong place: is this necessary?
Patchwork paving is super striking and pretty easy to do!Use line to ensure your first row of pavers is straight.
“A culinary revelation”: key limes have bracingly sharp juice and a floral fragrance.For those only familiar with the Persian lime, Citrus x latifolia, which dominates supermarket shelves, Key limes (Citrus x aurantiifolia) will be nothing short of a culinary revelation.
Bees love Agastache ‘Red Fortune’.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this If you’re looking to delight bees, Mexican giant hyssop (Agastache mexicana) is a sound choice for sunny, well-drained borders and containers.
Kala’s poppies come out as we start sowing more.It is close to her birthday and we are preparing her midsummer garden as we do every year.
The 300-year-old finca, which houses the reception and seating areas, sets the tone for the rooms with polished terracotta floors, plaster walls and olive-wood ceilings.
Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ is a blond, airy perennial.Photograph: Christina Bollen/Alamy
Plant this Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, or tufted hairgrass, is a blond, airy perennial that stays helpfully compact, at about 80cm tall, and is evergreen to boot.
All pinks are descended from Dianthus plumarius.You will be picking them all summer long, little posies of ruffled blossoms all over your kitchen.
Yellow-skinned courgettes, such as Burpee’s Golden Zucchini, are said to have more flavour.Photograph: Alamy
I have always failed to be first at anything and make an art of being behind, so why change that behaviour with courgettes?