I’m a woman of simple tastes in the garden. I stick with the tried and trusted. That means snowdrops, daffodils and tulips at a push. Add in hydrangeas, ladies mantel, nepeta, alstroemerias, peonies, poppies, sedums and astilbes and if all these perform, well, I’m a happy woman.

Over the years I have added dicentra, angel’s fishing rod, astrantias and roses to my list of stalwarts. With the exception of the roses they have all thrived even when neglected. But by far and away the best of my new arrivals are alliums.