July 2008

July is a month when nature seems to draw a breath and I am all in favour of it! Time now for days out, relaxation and cream teas at Tilly’s.
Undemanding plants come into their own and in my garden drought-tolerant succulents, scented geraniums and agapanthus are taking centre stage whilst Erigeron continues to self-seed happily amongst the paving stones.
In the ‘hot’ border, Catananache is freely flowering alongside magenta LychnisAllium sphaerocephalon and airy Verbena bonariensis and I am very happy with the relaxed, vibrantly colourful result. Now a firm favourite, I first came across Catananache a few years ago at the Hampton Court Flower Show and was immediately struck by its dark-eyed, lavender-blue flowers and papery buds. It grows wild in SW France where it thrives in full sun so it is an ideal plant for our hotter, drier climate.

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