I’m not going to mention the weather. To be honest the garden doesn’t look a lot different this August from July but there are some interesting additions.
Many of the flowers from July are still showing, the Japanese anemones have a long flowering period…
… the Hemerocallis, Day Lily, has only a short one – as its name implies.One of the shrubs essential to any garden is Buddleia davidii not only for its fragrant blooms in late summer but for the butterflies it attracts.
Three more unusual plants in my side border are Crinum powelli, Clematis heracleifolia and Cautleya spicata ‘Robusta’ [Himalayan Ginger]
Far less showy but giving good ground cover in rough shady areas is Persicaria campanulatum. The humble Montbretia has many varieties, all a little invasive, one particular favourite of mine is Crocosomia solfatareI have other varieties of this easy plant
In my boggy area I grow this interesting plant, Kirengeshoma palmata, which is just coming into flower.
A small uncommon tree, Clerodendrum trichotomum, at this time of year develops strange fragrant flowers.
The Fuchsia papoose is showing its colourful bells and who knows with a little more sun plants like Helianthus Lemon Queen will brighten up the end of the month.
Anyhow back to cutting the privet hedge.
At the beginning of June we experienced some wild and windy days which played havoc with climbing roses and small trees. Having been away I needed dry weather to catch up with the lawn and start on the hedges, dry days were in short supply. I struggled to complete before disappearing off to France for a couple of weeks, when ironically the weather was dry and hot in Lancashire. Since my return it has rained every day.
So I have been rather disappointed with the garden this June.
At the start of the month the yellow Allium Moly and the Bartley Variety Primulas harked back to Spring.
The Day lilies [Hemerocallis], Bowl of Beauty Peony and white Siberian Iris all have a short flowering period.
My Choisya Mexican Orange Blossom and Purple Leaved Elderberry are two of the shrubs flowering.
Fragrant Honeysuckle grows outside my bedroom window.
In amongst my shrubs I have the rambling Tropaeolum speciosum, Flame Creeper, which likes its roots in the shade and goes wherever it wishes, giving colour in the evergreens.I’m not one for formal rose bushes but I have several climbing varieties scattered through the garden and June is the month for roses.
Paul’s Himalayan Musk.
A few choice perennials are flowering but I don’t seem to have as much colour as usual.
Campanula latiloba ‘Highcliffe’
Astilbe chimensis ‘Pumila’
Delphinium ‘Magic Fountain’
Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’