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July Garden Inspiration
The hydrangea season is here! With us the first to show colour are the white flowering mophead ‘Mme E. Mouillere’ and the more delicate white lacecap ‘Lanarth’. These perform best in dappled shade while all the blues, pinks and reds perform best in full sun.
For those whose soil is acidic there is always a debate about which is the best and darkest flowering blue hydrangea. For us the best electric blue mophead is ‘Enziandom’ and the darkest lacecap the ever popular ‘Taube’. For those with more alkaline soil or in coastal areas where hydrangeas tend to flower pink or red our selection would be ‘King George’ (mophead) or ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’ (lacecap).
In the woodland garden it is time to begin the serious business of the annual grass cut now that the primroses, bluebells, garlic and other wild flowers have seeded and died down. Those who sprayed around their trees and shrubs in March and April will find it a bit easier not to strim, mow or cut into them accidentally.
Herbaceous borders will be coming to their zenith. If you have not already done so now is the time to insert Harrod plant supports around your taller growing herbaceous plants which can so easily bend or flop over in stronger winds or thundery downpours. Salvia uliginosa and S. turkestania may not be quite out yet but the supports will keep them upright for you to enjoy properly. Artichokes (cynara) and crocosmia will benefit too.
Keep on pruning out your dead rose flowers to encourage another crop of flowers to emerge and carry on the spectacle.
Dead head your rhododendrons to remove the trusses of seeds which may be forming after the flowers are over. Wasting energy on seed production now will reduce the performance of the plant in terms of flower numbers next spring. Click here for video tip on deadheading.