Grow as you go: how to get the most from your outdoor space, all year round

Summer is a time when our thoughts naturally turn to the garden. In this extract from their new book, Gardening Together: A Month-By-Month Guide to Getting the Most from Your Outdoor Space, Diarmuid Gavin and Paul Smyth offer some principles of planting and suggest the best herbs to cultivate

Having a sunken garden can be a feast for the senses

A planting scheme needs planning. Choose the right plant for the right place. There are plants for all situations; you just need to understand what your situation is and decide what you like that will suit it. Planting a new garden can be a very personal thing and you do need to consider what you do and don’t like, as well as the overall style you want to achieve.

Things to consider:

Colour. If you ...