If all this rain is keeping you out of the garden, never fear, – weather forecasters are predicting a scorching July. So why not lift the bad weather blues and get some inspiration for next month with a visit to your local garden centre this weekend,

Michelle and I popped into Stewarts Garden Centre, Christchurch, this week, filling out trollies with plants for upcoming articles in AG. A trip to a well stocked garden centre gets the creative juices flowing.

If you need a quick colour fix treat yourself to some bargain bedding plants, but if you really want to lift your spirits after a drab start to the summer why not try something tropical like banana plants, angels trumpet and canna lilies. To get the most from your tropical plants see Ag 7th July for a look at creating a tropical plunge border.