July’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Alcea rosea otherwise known as the hollyhock.
I just love the wide array of colours and really love the height they can give to a border. Some have already flowered while others are still waiting to open. These plants are also incredibly bumblebee friendly.
I know they do need some maintenance but a summer’s not the same without them! I’ve found that cutting off rusty leaves and leaving them pretty much to their own devices is much more beneficial for them. They are supposed to be drought-tolerant but when it is really hot I do make sure they are watered well.
What plants really make your summer come alive for you?
suburban-garden’s plant of the month for June is Achillea ‘Moonshine’
For some the brash yellow may be a little too much in certain garden planting schemes but it really helps brighten a corner of the garden that is shrouded in shade during the afternoon. Our achillea has been in the ground for four years now and goes from strength to strength. I love the flat heads of brilliant yellow that rise above mint-green downy leaves from May to September.
I’ve found that this achillea is less susceptible to slugs and if I cut it back after its first flowering, I may encourage a second flowering. This year I may also need to replace it with new plants grown from cuttings if the stems have started to go woody. It is a little extra work but as I couldn’t have a garden without this plant I don’t mind.
suburban-garden’s plant of the month for May is the striking Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’. This ornamental thistle really does turn heads and is a magnet for pollinating insects.
We brought our first cirsium during a day-trip to the Isle of Skye about six years ago. We had visited Armadale Castle and marvelled at the beautiful plants in the grounds and found this gem of a plant in the gift shop. Suffice it to say we did get many bemused looks from the other tourists on the boat back to Mallaig as we transported this towering plant with us.
The cirsium then then spent several years growing happily in clay soil until we moved and it came with us. It was a tough job trying to dig it up but eventually the whole plant came up and it is doing well in its news home.
Read more about this beautiful plant at: tinyurl.com/k5d9w2t.
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is August’s plant of the month at suburban-garden.
This tough little plant radiates brightness during the late summer months and into autumn and can rejuvenate any lackluster flower border. Anemones do have a reputation for being invasive however they are perfect for filling large expanses and prefer partial shade, cool conditions preferably in fertile soil. Plus they also do well in containers allowing you to control their spread. Find out more at: suburban-garden.
August into September is a tough time for finding colour in flower borders; what are the plants that are flowering in your garden at the moment?
July’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Crocosmia ‘Paul’s Best Yellow’, a welcome antidote to the vibrant reds so often associated with this species.
When I planted it three years ago it was only a small nine centimetre pot plant and has spread into a 40cm clump that is now having a battle with a tough little variegated eryngium. I adore watching the almost fern-like buds start to unfurl and reveal their golden-yellow colour. These outward-facing flowers look like mini-sunbeams amid a mass of mid-green spear-shaped foliage.
June’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Achillea ‘Moonshine’. Perfect for sunny places, this achillea is drought tolerant and will even cope with problem dry soil.
If you’ve tried achilleas before and they’ve just disappeared but you still want them in your garden then try this one as it is more hardy than other types and is less likely to topple over. Read more at suburban-garden
May’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’. An attractive addition for any garden, with spiny green leaves and beautiful crimson heads, this extremely hardy thistle is a magnet for bees and other wildlife. Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/k5d9w2t
What’s your favourite plant for attracting pollinators, butterflies and other wildlife?