Some plants which provide a splash of colour in the garden during the month of July. There are many colourful shrubs and perennial plants in flower at this time of year, as well as the normal annual bedding plants.
July in the garden usually busts with colour, as bedding plants, shrubs and perennials take advantage of the sun!!!
Perennials start to show their best, whilst many shrubs have their best time in May and June.
Campanula lactiflora - A great hardy perennial, growing to 1m high by 0.5m wide. Will be happy in full sun or quite serious shade. Also tolerate dry soils and a bit of neglect. They tend to self seed, so don't be surprised to see a few more around the garden in following years. May even be a few different shades of blue or even white.Clematis recta
A different Clematis by far. It is a clump forming herbaceous perennial. (Dies down each year, but shoots forth again in the spring). Quite happy in the shrub border, and like most other Clematis, is quite happy in a shaded position. It is quite an untidy grower, so will appreciate a bit of support. Grows to around 1m+ high with a spread of 75cm.
Geranium cinereum subsp subcaulescens.
One of the 'true' geraniums (The bedding ones are pelargoniums). These Geraniums are hardy perennials, some of them reasonably evergreen, like this one. Masses of flowers through June/July+.
Likes a well drained soil, grows to around 50cm high and will spread to fill any vacant space over time.
Holodiscus discolor is a medium sized deciduous flowering shrub for the border, as a specimen, or in a woodland situation. The creamy white plumes of flower are borne in June/July.
It can grow to around 3-4m high and wide if allowed, but responds well to restrictive pruning.
Hypericum 'Hidcote' is a shrub that I would not do without in any garden of mine. However, many gardeners hate it - maybe because they don't grow it right!
Great colourful ground covering, semi evergreen shrub, that seems quite happy in most places. It flowers from June through to August/Sept, and grows to around 1.5m high and wide. It is best pruned back hard every spring - really hard!
Lavatera 'Candyfloss' is a more dwarf variety of this colourful shrub.
Lilies are a must for this time of year. Buy as bulbs or as potted plants
The Shaster Daisy (Chrysanthemum x superbum) Good showy perennial
Verbascums for the perennial bed - this one is Verbascum chaixii 'alba'
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