Plants Of The Month - July

Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'

This tough and vigorous, deciduous climber can cope with most soils as long as they are not too wet or too dry, and can even be used in cold exposed locations and shade. A late flowering, highly scented variety, with plum coloured buds, which appear in early or mid summer. In hot summers there may be rounded red berries to follow. The scent is strong and heady.

Campanula portenschlagiana

Forming a weed-suppressing mat of attractive evergreen leaves, which throughout summer, is covered by an abundance of deep purple bell-shaped flowers. As it requires so little maintenance, it also makes an excellent choice .

Geranium 'Elke'

Compact ground cover for full sun or partial shade, this long-flowering perennial will look very smart softening the edges of a border or pathway. The foliage of some of the cranesbills can often look quite straggly, but the compact growth of this one manages to keep it looking neat and tidy throughout summer. The foliage is a rich shade of green, but it takes on shades of red and orange before it dies back in autumn.

Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'

 

One of the tallest yarrows, it is perfect for adding height to herbaceous borders or prairie style planting schemes, where their light and airy habit prevents them from becoming too overbearing. It is also one of the tougher cultivars, so provided it is growing in soil that holds too much water in winter, it will keep on coming back, forming larger clumps each year.

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