Bounteous Blooms in July

I featured the cutting beds a little while ago and indeed they just keep getting better and better – but they are not the only blooms in the garden, although undoubtedly they host the highest concentration of floriferousness. Admittedly there are fewer ‘gaps’ than earlier in the year but there are still areas to work on in due course.

In the meantime,  the bold borders are looking pretty good – the Asiatic lilies in pots have worked well and the lychnis grown from seed have really made an impact too:

Phlox is now adding colour to the main herbaceous borders, with another pot of lilies and several astrantia still hanging on too:

Annabelle is a bundle of blooms…

…and the later clematis are absolute stars in the July garden this year, here Prince George and Mary Rose:

Purpurea Plena Elegans and Princess Kate:

Alba Luxurians, Venosa Violacea, Gravetye Beauty on the rose arbour:

Rosalyn and Avant Garde on their own posts:

And not forgetting the added colour from pots and troughs: scented pelargonium and Tumbelina petunias outside the sitooterie, more petunias on the paved area and in baskets at the front of the house, with pots of New Guinea impatiens and frothy lilac lobelia outside the front door:

Already I am hatching plans for summer colour for next year – more use of these impatiens but in single colours, definitely more of this lilac lobelia, perhaps individual pots for the pelargoniums and something different in the window boxes, more pots of annuals to pop into spaces in the borders and definitely more pots of lilies, greater use of herbaceous clematis – the list goes on, but needs to be written down whilst it is still fresh in my mind! In the meantime I am thoroughly enjoying the blooms in our mid-July garden!

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41 Responses to Bounteous Blooms in July

  1. Well done! Hope you are taking a break to admire your work.

  2. Love all of those clematis. Everything is just beautiful. I can’t believe those dahlias are so tall already. Marvelous. Happy GBBD.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lisa – it has been a good year for everything so far (although most of the roses are much in a lull at the moment) so I shall enjoy it while it continues as next year may be different again!

  3. Kris P says:

    You’ve so many gorgeous Clematis and lilies! I look forward to seeing some of them in future vases. Happy GBBD!

    • Cathy says:

      Hadn’t thought about cutting the lilies, Kris, as 5 lilies in a pot didn’t seem enough to spare even one stem from, but perhaps I will… 😉

  4. Such a lot of cheerful colours and happy plants, Cathy. I must try lychnis, did it flower from seed sown this year?

  5. shalini says:

    You have all colors of nature, so beautiful

  6. nancytol says:

    Ooo – it all looks lovely – leaves you greedy for colour – I’m looking forward to how your garden progresses during the summer and into the autumn

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – my dahlias were so late flowering last year so I am thrilled to have what I hope is a long flowering season this year

  7. Cathy his Clematis are divine. The smell Pelargoniums and the Petunias are beautiful. Asian Lilies planted in pots are very beautiful: they give me a good idea to plant them in my garden next year. Your whole garden is an explosion of color and life. Enjoy your wonderful flowers. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thnaks Margerita – I have tried lilies in the borders before but they seem more prone to red lily beetle there. It is far easier to see te beetles when the plants are exposed in pots

  8. Jacqueline. says:

    Coucou Cathy
    J’aime beaucoup ces jolies clématites qui apportent de la hauteurs aux massifs. Elles se plaisent bien chez toi,
    J’aime aussi la gaîté des massifs apportée par toutes ces floraisons bien colorées .
    Bonne soirée

  9. Heyjude says:

    Clematis are such wonderful plants. I need to grow more, but I am afraid Dahlias would be attacked by the slugs and snails here 😦

    • Cathy says:

      I think you can never have too many clematis – particularly those with a long flowering season. Mind you, many of my alpinas have got gor more than just a few stray blooms on them now too. I have found the crucial time for dahlias is when they are first planted out – slugs and snails don’t seem to be an issue here once the plants are established

  10. Alison C says:

    It all looks fabulous and so colourful. The clematis are so pretty and dainty. I’m pleased to have one flowering after a year of it being in the ground. Last year it barely survived the slugs.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh I am pleased for you – many of mine have taken a few years to get established but some of my newest ones have been fabulous. Rosalyn and Avant Garde were new in early spring and are looking wonderful!

  11. Brian Skeys says:

    It looks fab Cathy.

  12. Jackie says:

    Quite wonderful, thank you.

  13. Anna says:

    Oh what a glorious riot of colour Cathy 🙂 ‘Princess Kate’ has gone on my wish list after seeing her in the flesh in your garden. A most subtle beauty.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna. Princess Kate has never had more than a handful of flowers up to this year, but she is still flowering her royal socks off, alongside Prince George now who has distinctive crinkles on his petals

  14. Tom says:

    Just lovely – one would almost think the borders were in England! Thought you might be interested in some pics of my borders of a few weeks past
    Thanks for sharing your garden!

    • Cathy says:

      Um, it IS in England Tom… 😉 Thanks for sharing pictures of your borders

      • Tom says:

        So sorry – I rec’d a link to your blog one day last week and did not read “About” in your menu column. So now I see that you are, indeed, in England – and the variety and lushness of your borders confirms it – along with the BBC weather forecast!

        • Cathy says:

          Interesting that the borders looked typically English though… 😉 It has been a good summer here, although we could have done with a little more rain in recent months

  15. Pauline says:

    Fantastic as usual Cathy, you really have an explosion of coulr at the moment, it is all looking wonderful

  16. Cristina says:

    Beautiful and so colorful 🙂 Love it !

  17. Gerri says:

    I so enjoy your beautiful garden! I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! I hope you will accept.

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