10 winning August plants

Never has the sisterly horticultural divide been greater than this summer. I berated Caroline last Saturday for using a photo of Elaine wearing a fleece (unthinkable this week – she would keel over with heat exhaustion) and she hissed back that it was (her words) ‘pissing with rain again in Edinburgh’. So our sibling suggestions for winning perennials in August may differ. Down here in the overheated Southern counties, Darwinian survival of the fittest is operating, driving the endangered damp loving species like rodgersias, astilbes and inulas (our feature picture above) to migrate north beyond the Watford Gap, and...

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