Some of the Best July Blooms

Just like last month, it is very difficult to narrow the best blooms in the garden down to around ten or so for Chloris’ monthly meme, but I am just about there and making a point of including ordinary stalwarts as well as some choicer examples.

Chloris featured lots of lilies in her post at The Blooming Garden; all but one of my lilies are of the Asiatic type and finished blooming some weeks ago, but now the tree lily (above) is in full bloom and detectable by its strong scent from many yards away. Its name lost in the annals of time, it has had a checkered history, moving from border to pot to purpose-built wooden container where it seems happy to pass the time alongside a great deal of neglect.

Within striking distance are several of my numerous persicaria, a most reliable and long-flowering perennial, one which I am now finding in certain locations can make itself rather more at home than it was invited to. However, it’s not a problem to remove the excess except for those planted near the stream where care would be needed because of the butyl liner, and I certainly wouldn’t be without them. Here are P ‘Blackfield’, P ‘Fats Domino’ (and blooms on Rosa ‘Warm Welcome’) and the shorter P ‘Pink Elephant’:

Another stalwart I wouldn’t be without is Lychnis coronaria, which provides endless blooms throughout the summer. A short-lived perennial, it does gently seed around so can be readily renewed by digging up seedlings or collecting seed and sowing more. My original pink lychnis came from seed from Sandra at Wild Daffodil, the white from Brian of Brimfields and the two-toned L coronaria ‘Occulata’ from bought seed.

I showed some of my numerous clematis last Saturday but they are such an integral part of the garden and are having such a great year that they need to be mentioned today too, so here is a section of the clematis colonnade, where Princess Diana, Queen Mother and C ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’ are comfortably hanging about together:

Proving that patience is a virtue, I am thrilled to have some sanguisorba flowering, three years (I think) after they were planted. Bought in groups of three, as is often recommended, they were shoved into already busy borders and it is a wonder they are still alive let alone flowering. This one I think is S obtusa but the label must be buried under 3 years of mulching, but excitingly I have other varieties in bud too. Note the gorgeous Clematis heracleifolia ‘New Love’ to the left of this one:

Down to the cuttings beds to see loads of gorgeous dahlias which, I agree with Chloris, really need a post of their own – but of necessity must be included (at least as a whole) as top July blooms because they are all glorious:

Similarly glorious are rudbeckia (clockwise from top left: Irish Eyes, Cherry Brandy, Marmalade and, just opening, Rustic Dwarf)…


Calendula ‘Indian Prince’, vibrant and burnished…

everlasting blooms of Limonium (statice) ‘Purple Attraction’ and ‘Rose Light’ (with Clary ‘Pink Sundae’ supporting) and Helichrysum ‘White’ and ‘Silvery Rose’…

and a single dwarf sunflower ‘Solar Flash’, the only one that germinated from the expensive packet of seed (I was sent a replacement packet when I complained but, with lockdown, it arrived weeks later so it can wait till next year). This looks a striking variety and at less than 2 feet (60cm) high it could make an impact in the borders next year, subject to better germination!

Last but not least, the humble and (since new varieties resolved the mildew issue) reliable Busy Lizzie. Happy in sun or shade, rain or shine, what a great value plant this is, although the mix wasn’t quite as mixed this year as it could have been:

And that’s my ten or so for July, linking with thanks to my knowledgable friend Chloris and her blog, where you can see what is flowering elsewhere – do go and have a look.

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15 Responses to Some of the Best July Blooms

  1. FlowerLady says:

    Beautiful flowers!!

  2. Feast for the eyes!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Helichrysum used to be a main cut flower crop in the fields behind my Pa’s home in Montara when I was a kid. They were very productive in for small fields.

  4. Pauline says:

    Such a lot of colour, your garden is certainly flowering on all cylinders! So many pretty ones that I like, they all seem to be in the pink colour range. The supporting cast are just as essential as the stars of the garden and make it far more interesting.

    • Cathy says:

      There is a lot of pink and purple in the garden and that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy the brightness and variety of the cutting beds

  5. Chloris says:

    Thank you for sharing your July blooms Cathy. And what beauties. Now is the time to enjoy your annuals, the fruit of all your labours, you must be pleased with the results. And I love all your persicaria. I have a few rudbeckia but seeing your collection I really think I need a few more. And the sanguisorba is fabulous, that’s definitely on the list.

    • Cathy says:

      I am indeed thrilled with the cutting beds – it may take a bit of time all that growing from seed but it is certainly time well spent. Let me know if you would like any more persicaria (there are others not shown) and I can send you some. Must root around for the label of the sanguisorba!

  6. Anna says:

    I passed and inhaled the intoxicating scent of the samevariety of lily on my way to the greenhouse this morning Cathy. Mine is in a big pot and has escaped the attention of the dreaded red beetle this year. Her name is ‘Robina’. You dahlias are doing you proud. I like the pink persicaria and that elegant sanguisorba too 😄

  7. Goodness! So many . I love Sanguisorba and they do well on my heavy soil. Glad yours have appeared

  8. Cathy says:

    The dahlias are a lovely patch of colour Cathy! I am very fond of Sanguisorbas with their fluffy tail-like flowers, as well as Persicaria, as you know. I have just put Pink Elephant on my wish list. 😉

    • Cathy says:

      Aren’t they just! The Elephant (like other things, I am finding!) has taken 2 or 3 years to establish but is a noticeable little clump this year – and it’s only about a foot tall, which is very endearing!

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