Fun in the garden

Bring in the sunshine!

It’s the summer – hurrah! – and we’ve got some ideas for giving your garden a bright, exotic look. That means you don’t have to be one of the lucky ones who can travel abroad to be able to enjoy some international influences (although it’s always a pleasure!).

We’re focusing on the South American Aztec vibe this issue, for a truly exuberant feel but if you have other ideas – like a French Provence garden or an Italian Style recreation – it’s equally possible.

We’d love to hear your ideas on where you want your garden to go next and we love a challenge!

Chris & all the Bushy team

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Bushy Business - Fun In The Garden – Issue 49

The legend of the dahlia

Tell your guests about the debate surrounding whether or not the ancient Aztecs cultivated dahlias! Many sources claim they grew dahlias for medicine and food – and it’s the national flower of Mexico. It’s a great excuse to cultivate a showy display from summer into autumn and you can grow some in pots.

Add Aztec appeal

Start with some features you’ll enjoy year-round, such as some decorative tiles. Look for good quality stone – one of our biggest suppliers is London Stone.

Add further touches – Primrose provide lovely metal garden panels in Aztec design to really transport you to South America.

And remember to accessorise with Aztec patterns on outdoor cushions and mats.

Bushy Business - Fun In The Garden – Issue 49
Bushy Business - Fun In The Garden – Issue 49
Bushy Business - Fun In The Garden – Issue 49

Discover fancy ferns and carnivorous plants

South America has an abundance of truly magnificent ferns and carnivorous plants but you can grow your UK equivalent! For inspiration, head to RHS Wisley gardens on 23/24 July. You can marvel at displays of unusual ferns and explore the fascinating world of carnivorous plants from the UK and worldwide.


On the theme of not being able to go somewhere, this recipe from Wholefood Heaven for Mexican BBQ Street Food was prepared during lockdown for those who couldn’t go to Glastonbury – we rather like the sound of it! More here.

Bushy Business - Fun In The Garden – Issue 49
Bushy Business - Fun In The Garden – Issue 49

Bushy Beverage

It’s got to be tequila – an agave-based spirit that can only be produced in certain parts of Mexico. And here, BBC Good Food has selected the best bottles of tequila to buy, including everything from mezcal to añejo, sotol, reposado and 100% agave tequilas.

Until next time!

We’ve focused on a particular theme this time but our work is as varied as your ideas and we’ve done all kinds of things – take a look here and let us know what you need help to achieve. We’re listening!

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