The summer has officially come to an end. Days are starting to feel dull and dreary, and looking out of the window isn’t actually going to cheer you up with plants and trees standing there in their past glory. But classic red plants, like the Skimmia, will ensure there is still plenty to see when you take a look outside.
Summer’s end doesn’t have to mean the days of endless backyard flower parades are over. There is one hardy plant that refuses to give in to the shorter days, and continues to surprise us with its many coloured blooms even as the air gets crisp. Four reasons to celebrate our beloved ball chrysanthemum.
You can usually smell it before you even see it: lavender! It’s a smell everyone loves. In fact, people were so crazy about lavender that when the washing machine was first invented, the demand for laundry detergent that smelled like lavender was so overwhelming that all the lavender was picked from the fields.