IT'S said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore who is to say what a beautiful garden looks like and whether beds and borders brimming with perennials are more attractive than an expanse of lawn or even a vegetable patch?
THE kids are on their school summer holidays but while some parents have every day meticulously planned with activities and time away, others are having 'staycations' and trying to coax their children into the garden.
THESE beautiful perennials, which bear globes of blue or white flowers above stiff upright stems in summer, used to have a reputation for being tender, but some varieties will withstand frost and come back year after year.
THIS effective trailing perennial, often grown as an annual in this country, combines well with almost any colour scheme, its tiny white flowers draped over window boxes or spilling out of containers and cascading over hanging baskets.
UNLIKE the annual blue bedding lobelia which is commonly used to fill in gaps in summer containers or cascades from hanging baskets, perennial lobelias are tall, elegant, striking plants with flowers in pink, red or purple.