The weather this year has been a challenge. It has been dry and hot and we seem to be advancing into that gap between Summer and Autumn even so it is only the end of July. Many plants are dry and crispy and having been away for a couple of weeks we have not had time to remove those specimen weeds that always seem to grow the best! However, there is still much to show this month.
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is doing well and has picked up considerably since we gave it a good watering.
The dahlias have been slow to bloom probably lack of water. Here is Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ with Hemerocallis ‘Catherine Woodbury’Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ looking great as always.Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Purity’almost lost in the border with other perennials.Another day lily, Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’.A favorite with the bees and looking at its best Eryngium giganteum ‘Miss Willmott’s ghost’The blue globes of Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’. This magnificent variety produces stiff silvery stems with dark green, silver-backed thistle-like leaves which terminate in brilliant dark, vivid blue globes the size of a spiky golf ball.
Dahlia Twyning’s After Eight the white flower offset by the dark foliage.Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandise’ need supporting as it grows but gives a real splash of colour.One for the back of the border. Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’ will grow to six feet.Another echinops, Echinops Humilis ‘Taplow Blue’ also grows to around six feet.And here they are together with Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’.A useful gap filler for the front of the border is Mesembryanthemum and it is easy to grow from seed.Potentilla ‘Gibson’s Scarlet’ another useful plant for the front of the border.One of my favorite dahlias, Dahlia Bishop of Auckland. Always unexpected, Verbena bonariensis plants itself where it wants to grow but it is always a delight.
One of the best, Rosa ‘Bonica’ Day lily, Hemerocallis ‘Lemon Bells’and in the same border Hemerocallis ‘Catherine Woodbery’
Eremurus White Beauty Favourite doing well as they were only planted last November.Achillea ‘Credo’ was planted in 2016 and is now looking much stronger.The bottom of the garden with Stipa gigantea and Echinacea.Leucanthemum ‘Goldrausch’ a good strong Shasta Daisy.Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ withPhlox paniculata Uspekh in the background.
By the large pond the seat is surrounded by lilies. Lilium Inuvik and Lilium Inuvik. Easy to do, just plant bulbs in pots November/ December and wait.Phoxs have done particularly well this year. In the foreground is Phlox paniculata ‘Bright Eyes’.Lavandula augustifolia ‘Hidcote’ is always hard to keep looking good and not woody.We only have one hanging basket and here it is!
A couple of clematis, Clematis ‘Perle d’Azur’ and Clematis ‘Jackmanii’.A great honeysuckle which we took as a cutting from another garden.Rosa ‘Meg’ a beautiful climbing rose that was in the garden 23 years ago when we brought the house and garden.
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