Amateur Gardening

Sun worshippers vs Shade lovers

RECENT summers have seen record-breaking temperatures and plenty of glorious sunshine, which is great for alfresco lunches and evening drinks on the patio, but what about the plants? Some perform better than others in hot, dry conditions. Meanwhile, most plots also have their share of shady spots – whether due to trees or buildings.

It might be that your front garden faces north and only gets a few hours of sunshine, whereas your south-facing back garden sizzles, basking in rays for most of the day. For both situations it’s crucial to choose plants that are adapted to thrive in the specific conditions, whether that’s drought-tolerant sun worshippers that won’t wilt in the heat on a sun-baked patio, or shade lovers that will be more at home in lower

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