1July 21: Day lilies
One of the few ‘original’ plants from before I moved in (albeit hacked around a bit).
2July 23: Colourful Fargesia bamboo
I strongly recommend this non-running Fargesia bamboo for smaller gardens – it will do well in a large pot and culms change colour as they age – orange/yellow and deep purple.
3July 23: Japanese blood plum Lizzie
Branches bending under a huge crop, this little plum tree really earned its keep with a glut of fruit.
4July 23: Sweet pea Prince of Orange
A lovely heritage variety, rediscovered fairly recently. Earlier blooms didn’t seem to be that orange, although you can see here, it’s a true bicolour.
5July 31: Sunflower Pastiche
You get a mixed bag for mid-height, branching blooms with Pastiche, although this dark one is my favourite.
6July 31: Echinacea Sunseekers Pink
This compact variety is great for late summer colour – it went on flowering right through autumn.
7July 31: Rudbeckia Goldsturm
An old favourite, and rightly so. A good colour clash with the Echinacea above.
8August 26: Buddlejas en masse
Pleasing effect of the dwarf white Buddleja Buzz growing into the large native purple Buddleja davidii.
9August 26: Dahlia Arabian Night
Big meaty specimen!
10August 26: Dahlia New Baby
This little pom pom contrasts well with deep red Arabian Night.
11August 27: Kniphofia
Traditional border plant but that doesn’t lessen its value – works so well in contemporary settings, too.
12August 27: Nasturtium
It’s Chameleon I think but so many have self-seeded over the years, who knows?
13August 28: Sweet pea Night Sky
A new variety from Matthewmans and long may it continue – the perfumed, large blooms kept on flowering until December.
14August 28: Venidium Jaffa Ice
An annual mix of orange and white, this didn’t perform as well as expected!