We dashed out between rainshowers to take photos of all these flowers, in our own nursery, on one day in July - to show you what you could be enjoying in your own garden in the midst of winter. We even caught a tiny butterfly sunning its wings!
Our favourite deciduous trees and shrubs to give you autumn colour as the days cool and the nights lengthen. And for more tropical climates, our recommendations for evergreen plants with coloured leaves, for that toasty spice-coloured feeling.
The scented blossom flowers of buddleia are absolutely wonderful at attracting wildlife to your garden. The common name is “butterfly bush” – and for good reason. Butterflies lap up the nectar in each blossom, and on a warm day you’ll have your very own butterfly garden to enjoy.
Want to ditch the shovel and plant a garden? There's a surprising range of plants suited to clay soil, from groundcovers to feature trees. Many favourite native plants are ideal, they're naturally exposed to prolonged periods of rain followed by drought.