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Ric Glenn, Cadogan’s Head Gardener who looks after the estate’s 15 acres of beautiful green space shares his gardening secrets:

‘I’m often asked about my favourite flowers – it’s a bit of an unfair question, as there are so many remarkable types! This year in Sloane Street and Duke of York Square I’m using Euphorbia ‘Ascott Rainbow’, Bacopa ‘Snowflake’ and Geranium ‘Tanja Rendell’. Drainage for container planters is critical; water must be able to escape so put some ‘chunky bits’ in the bottom of the container. Water retention is also important, so use a good potting mix. If you have a spare twenty years to wait, plant a Mulberry tree – delicious. For the more time pressed perhaps try experimenting with raspberries or tayberries but to me nothing says British summer better than a rose in full bloom. Once established, most roses seem to stand pretty much whatever the weather can throw at them.

‘Observe which plants do well in your local environment. Talk to neighbours who garden successfully. Finally, and most importantly, understand gardening is an exercise in patience.

‘For those too busy to garden, buy a potted Moth Orchid and place it on your desk. It will flower for months and I recommend occasionally taking time to look at it and consider the infinite beauty of life.’

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