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!