July can be an anticlimax in the garden following the excitement of June with its roses, peonies and Iris.
These are some of the plants trying to fill the void here in our garden.
The sunny front border is always home to some self-seeded Eryngium Giganteum (Miss Willmotts Ghost) as popular with the pollinators as the gardener.
In the silver birch border, the Anthemis tinctoria is in full flower perfectly complimenting the Clematis ‘Blue Angel’.
One of my favourite July plants is the Francoa sonchifolia with its orchid-like flowers. It is very drought tolerant and easy to grow from seed.
The blue border is in some areas living up to its name with Geranium Johnson’s Blue and a self-seeded Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’ matching the garden furniture.
On the other side of the blue border around the sundial are planters of Zantedeschia Contor, Agapanthus and two Cotyledon orbiculata a striking drought-tolerant succulent
Either side of the Banana Bench is the delicate Dianthus carthusianorum, ideal for dry areas.
We recently visited a garden owned by a garden designer who had classic urns set back in a border planted with annuals.
I had these two lovely Yorkshire pots, inspired, I built two wooden stands and planted them with Fuchsia and mini Petunias to provide some extra colour in a shady area against the fence on either side of the never-ending path around the banana bench
In another shady area on the patio is a small display of Ferns and Hostas.
On the fence by the raised herb bed is a fan-trained red currant bush laden with fruit. I need to cover them with a net before the birds find them!
Proving that July doesn’t have to be dull in the garden is the Clematis ‘Perle d’Azur on the trellis behind the banana bench. Please turn your sound on, select watch on YouTube and select full screen when you play the video.
What is providing colour in your July garden?