Plus why you should visit the gardens at Down House and check that your water butt is working
Plant this The heatwave was perfect for agapanthus, which love a well-drained, sunny spot and flower until the first frosts. Some can suffer in winter, so protect with a deep mulch post-flowering. Violet-blue ‘Northern Star’ is deciduous, but hardier than most; semi-evergreen ‘White Heaven’ produces large flower heads.
Visit this The gardens at Down House, near Sevenoaks in Kent, were Charles Darwin’s outdoor laboratory. Visitors can stroll through the greenhouses where he conducted experiments and take a turn on the “thinking path” walk around the estate. Open daily; details at english-heritage.org.uk/darwin.