I love my garden in the summer, when all the herbaceous perennials are doing their thing and my three cats spend their days playing hide and seek in the borders. Here are some of the plants that are looking good in my garden this month:
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ and Briza maxima (an annual grass with fabulous pendant seed heads – I shall definitely grow this again).
Nepeta (cat mint) also makes a great path edging, but choose one of the smaller varieties such as ‘Walkers Low’ which flops gracefully without totally obscuring the paths!
Hemerocallis (day lily) – I am not sure of the cultivar as it was gifted to me by a neighbour. It sits in front of a huge clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (you can just see the pleated leaves in the background) and the pair of them create a blaze of colour in July and August.
Astrantia major – I think this is ‘Roma’- another of the ‘good do-er’s that bulks up quickly, flowers all summer and is good for cutting. I also have a large clump of A. major ‘Sunnindale Variegated’, whose fresh new leaves light up the border in springtime and look great with minature Narcissi.
Where would I be without ornamental grasses? This border contains massed Deschampsia cespitosa, intermingled with Allium karavatiense (spring flowering), Allium sphaerocephalon (just about to burst into flower now it is July) and Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’. My office window is in the background so I get pleasure from this planting combination on a daily basis.
Anthemis tinctoria. What a cheerful plant! There is something about daisies that brings out the inner child in me. I also have a yellow flowered cultivar, with the delectable cultivar name of ‘Sauce Hollandaise’, but I think I like the white form the best.
Thymus vulgaris (culinary thyme) forms fantastic floriferous cushions in my drying area and is an absolute bee-magnet.