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The Garden In Summer

In summer the large flower borders are bursting with colour and vibrancy. Apples are set on the trees and nature and human visitors flock to the garden.

Summer is when the Hot border sizzles. Look for crimsons mixed with vivid pinks and golds as gaillardias, penstemons, geraniums and dianthus are all at their best.

The undoubted stars of the Conservatory Border in June are the tall stems and nodding heads of allium. In keeping with the mauve and purple colour scheme, Poppy ‘Patty’s Plum’ plus a pure pink one appear next, with echinops ( Globe Thistle), pink sidalcea, lavenders ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Munster’, potentilla ‘Monarch’s Velvet’, and the fascinating froth of thalictrum aquilegifolium.

The Cool border looks stunning in July when tall spikes of delphiniums, lysmachia clethroides and campanula lactiflora ‘Loddon Anna’ create a majestic backdrop for the drifts of anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’, white dianthus and delicate viola bertolinii.