Phlox may be evergreen or herbaceous, mat-forming or erect perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and salver-shaped flowers in terminal clusters.
They come in pinks, whites, bluish purples and deep burgundies and are a great addition to any border. Preferring a fertile, moist soil in full sun or partial shade, they reach a height and spread of approximately 0.5-1m x 0.1-0.5m.
Plant them alongside Penstemons, Stipa tenuissima, Campanula and Echinaceas for a colourful, bee-attracting border.
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ positively zings on a cloudy, wet, Saturday afternoon in July.
The bees are loving the open, salmon coloured flowers on Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’.
In fact, the front garden is positively humming with bees buzzing lazily from Dahlias, Echinaceas, Rudbeckias and Penstemons.
At this time of year, irises can tend to look a little jaded. The yellowing leaves curl and fall over the rhizomes.
Gently pull the yellowing leaves down towards the rhizome to clear away the debris.
Congested rhizomes can also be lifted at this time of year and divided.
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Promised heavy rains and storms on a ‘no show’!
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