What to plant this summer

JULY 2013

As we head into the summer months, we suggest a few plants that will enhance any English garden, with scent, colour and texture. All of these are looking at their best and are available to purchase now.

 

ROSES

RosesWith a fantastic array of size colour and fragrance there is a rose available to suit almost all requirements.  All like a good heavy soil, plenty of food and regular dead-heading. Failing to provide the basic essentials is what causes roses to suffer from stress related problems and people to say they dislike roses!!

When planting into a container it is advisable to use a soil-based compost such as John Innes N0.3 or a Multi-purpose John Innes enriched compost. Plenty of broken crock added to the bottom of the pot for drainage AND more importantly choose the CORRECT SIZE pot in the first instance! Choosing the pot to suit the overall stature of the rose is vital, larger the better.

DAHLIAS

An invaluable plant for the summer border, whether used for cutting, a big blousy display or a discreet container, there are many varieties available. So easy to grow they will provide a wonderful display, especially with regular dead-heading, and liquid feeding

HARDY FUCHSIA

FuchsiaProviding a welcome splash of colour from July until the first frosts these plants have become a stalwart of the late summer garden, producing an amazing display for weeks on end. With a wide range of varieties available there are Fuchsias for containers or the border. Container grown ones requiring a soil based compost. Many of the old favourites are as popular today as ever, such as Mrs Popple, Gennii and Dollar Princess.

 

AUGUST /AGAPANTHUS

Perfect for a hot sunny border and as a specimen container plant on a sunny patio. Originating from South Africa, they have distinctive flowers ranging from white through to various shades of blue, with strap like leaves. They require a sheltered sunny site in the garden, with excellent drainage. Container grown plants require good soil such as Multi-purpose John Innes enriched and again good drainage. Flowering for several weeks in late summer they also provide interesting seed heads. For the best flower displays regular feed of tomato food is advised.

Protect with a deep dry mulch over the Winter.

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

GrassesHugely popular following their success at flower shows such as Chelsea they have become a feature of many gardens and patios. Mostly evergreen With a wide range of colour and heights they provide texture and movement to a border. Particular varieties such as Stipa gigantea carry delightful seed heads which waft around. They look particularly good when planted with late summer perennials such as Verbena bonariensis, Echinacea and Rudeckia. The Blue Festuca grasses look lovely in a container and also stand out nicely combined with coppery types in a slate border. The Miscanthus types have particularly attractive flower/seeds which also add interest to a winter garden

You will find more information on a variety of subjects at our regularly monthly discussion groups held at Birchgrove Garden Centre, in Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincs, details of which can be found at our website, www.birchgrovegc.co.uk.

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