Save water in the garden
In the UK our gardens get plenty of rain most of the year, however, in the summer months they can become thirsty.
If you water wisely it is possible to care for your plants without it damaging either your wallet or the environment.
Here are six steps you can take to take to become a water saving star:
Suitable for sunny spots in a container or well-drained ground, sage should be watered lightly until it is established. Pinching the tips will encourage bushy growth.
These popular plants produce clusters of beautiful flowers on attractive, fragrant foliage. Capable of blooming all summer long, they are excellent as container plants for window boxes and borders.
All varieties of lavender love well-drained soil and can cope with hot summer conditions. Don't plant it too early in the year when it's cold and wet - May onwards is ideal.
Tough and durable, this shrub is easy to grow in rocky or sandy soil and enjoys full sun. It is perfect for edging or border fronts and releases a wonderful citrus scent.
Perovskia 'blue spire'
A combination of power-blue flowers and silver foliage, this Russian sage is a colourful addition to any garden. It enjoys a sunny position in well-drained soil.
This shrub thrives in sunny, sheltered locations and can cope with light watering. Clipping in late spring will make more shoots grow. Rosemary attracts bees and pollinators.
These plants are easy to grow and are tolerant of both heat and lack of water. They are well suited to patio or decking containers, window boxes or mass bedding.