The 15 th July has come really quickly. There are so many blooms in the July garden so here are just a few which are delighting me at the moment. I have a new camera and I am trying to get the hang of it so bear with me.
I think the stars of the garden are the lilies and the late flowering Clematis. My big lily star at the moment is an oriental x trumpet cross Lilium ‘Robert Swanson’. It smells divine and it is really showy and comes back each year.
I am also very fond of the trumpet lily ‘Pink Perfection’ and I have it growing with the wonderful Diascia personata which I have shown you in an earlier post.
There are plenty of gorgeous clematis in bloom now so picking a favourite is a problem but I love Clematis ‘Purpurea plena elegans’
I will show you one more Clematis which I bought last year at Hampton Court Flower Show and I can’t remember its name. Please can anybody help me? I grow it with the David Austin rose ‘The Generous Gardener’ which is really vigorous and healthy.
Other climbers which are at their best now include Jasmine ‘Clotted Cream’ It is fragrant of course and I love the colour.
The most fragrant climber is Trachelospermum which has the most heavenly scent. I have three of them and I love the little starry flowers.
Angie wrote about Summertime Blues in a recent post in Angie’s Garden Diaries. There are quite a few true blue flowers at the moment. The Agapanthus are just coming out and they will be at their best in a week or two.
Bluer than blue is the gorgeous metallic Eryngium ‘Picos Blue’. I have a friend who doesn’t like this. What’s not to like?
Platycodon grandiflorus are easy from seed and you can grow pink, blue or white ones. I love the pink but perhaps the loveliest is the blue one. When you look at the buds you can see why they are called Balloon flowers.
I love Agastache for the July garden. I have an apricot one called Agastache ‘ Apricot Sunrise’.
My latest one is a pink one called Agastache cana ‘Heatwave’ I love it. It has lovely flowers, aromatic foliage and is easy from cuttings.
I planted Scabiosa ‘Chile Black’ and ‘Beaujolais Bonnets’ a couple of years ago. This year I am delighted to find I have a whole group of them in various shades of dark pink and almost black.
I showed my Angel’s Fishing Rod; Dierama recently. It just gets better and better.
Whoops,I need to get my trug and dead head those roses.
There are plants that bloom now which I don’t love so much but I am grateful for the colour they bring. Daylilies are not my favourites and I haven’t planted any. But there are some in the garden and they are welcome.
I have never been keen on red Kniphofias but this Kniphofia ‘Timothy’ is lovely growing with the white Campanula. Campanulas seed themselves all over the garden in blues and whites. They are always welcome.
Another plant which has never been a favourite of mine is Hydrangea. But like Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden I love Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’.
Hydrangea aspera’ Villosa’ is very unusual. It has huge felty leaves so it would go quite well in a tropical garden.
I will finish with something very special. It is quite hardy but I prefer to pamper it in a pot. It is Codonopsis grey-wilsonii ‘Himal Snow’.
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