Make your summer garden sing with colour.
There are so many brilliant summer shiners that will amply fill any gaps in your borders or the odd container and you will very quickly have flowers that will last until the first frosts in November.
What could be better than some of the beautiful inexpensive salvias made just to flower profusely. The outstanding Salvia Amistad
was simply the best flowering plant in my garden last year.
It produces bloom after blooms of rich dark blue flowers well into November, so naturally I have planted a few this year. Its about 50cm tall so it slips into my pink/mauve herbaceous border with ease.
Salvia Hot Lips
sometimes advertised as a perennial was new on the bench only a few years ago but it is now deservedly sought after. Its stands about 40cm tall like a soft grass in shape with very small leaves. These have survived the last few winters in my garden. Hot lips can also be slipped into borders and it lends itself to simple containers. Three or five plants will grace a 40cm diameter terracotta pot. It has striking but dainty red flowers tipped with white (hot lips) as it matures.
There is a new pink equivalent that replaces Icing sugar called Dayglow Pink
. Its flowers are coming out a lovely warm rose pink. This shade blends perfectly with cosmos the one summer plant my garden could not be without. I plant the lady like pink toned and white cosmos
flowers around my pale and very deep pink David Austin Roses which are edged with Blue nepeta every year, as its the most perfect blend of colour.
Amongst my established orange geums, white centranthus, yellow and orange achilleas, blue Rozanne geraniums, hot daylilies, yellow, Ligularia Rocket and Verbascum Gainsborough and frothy Alchemilla mollis I have bravely added the hot red Dahila Dalina Samos
I have been looking for more red and it will be a while before Crocosmia Lucifer is out in flower. Dahilias are dependable and the bold bright fiery red lower heads will be magnificent amongst the yellows, oranges and blues. Dependable dahlias are available in a whole range of colours and the Mystic range have lovely dark red foliage as a bonus.
are an easy obviously plant to use to fill a gap and provide a bit of extra ground cover. I have to mention the amazing Banoffee Pie,
Coal black and yellow striped flowers make it very striking.
If you appreciate fragrance add some of my favourite deep purple heliotrope or some fluffy nemesia.
Both give off lovely vanilla scents, more so in the evening. Heliotrope
has strong flat flower heads more like achillea and nemesia produces masses of flower on stems about 20cm long and the colours are exquisite we have yellows, pinks, a rich magenta, blues and a two toned purple and mauve.
Nemesia is often seen as an edging plant trimming the borders. They are both equally pretty in pots on their own or mixed with other plants.
Daisies are one of my summer choice plants. I think they are lovely in wedding pots planted in vintage items like little milk churns and enamel tubs and galvanised buckets. The argyranthemums are in some great colours from the classic white in single or double flowers to buttercup yellow, soft pink and a stronger magenta. They make a good alternative centrepiece to a pot if you want a change from a geranium and plant very well with nemesias, trailing verbena and petunias and so forth. Equally daisies can be popped into your borders. Dead head them by removing the finished flower heads as we should with most plants and they will flower all summer.
There are loads of plants that flower well all summer and always something new and exciting, though I have to stay I still love to see classic urns planted with red geraniums.
I hope there are a few colourful ideas to inspire you here and you can see it is easy to keep colour throughout your the garden until winter frosts, whether it is a classic look you want or something new. If you remember to pull off finished flower heads and water and feed those in pots and they really will last.