RHS Hyde Hall offers suggestions for drought-resistant plants and water conservation in an article in the Guardian of 1 August, as well as advice to avoid excessive run-off during deluges. The RHS has teamed up with Cranfield University to encourage conservation of mains water, for example not watering lawns, installing water butts and using watering cans on individual plants rather than hoses. Floods can be mitigated by using porous surfaces on drives and terraces. Horticulturist Susie Curtis, a member of MPG, looks after Hyde Hall’s dry garden which features Tulbaghia violacea, Triteleia, Bulbine frutescens, Eschscholzia californica, Zauschneria californica (pictured), lavenders and rosemaries.