It’s been a hot and thirsty few days in the garden. A plant which takes these conditions in its stride is Berkheya purpurea, a member of the Aster family from South Africa. With its jagged, thistle-like leaves and abundant lilac flowers it’s a superb plant for a dry, sunny spot. Berkheya can easily be grown from seed and makes a great cut or dried flower. Once established it’s long lived enough to endure the waiting game that is the Great British Summer. Pictured here at The Salutation, Sandwich, Kent.