It’s the first time I have grown this annual plant and I just adore it. Great for the front of a border. You should pinch out the tops when they are small to make them bushy. I forgot to do this with some but for the first time ever, the slugs helped me out…
Big blousey and beautifully scented, these Lilium ‘Zambesi’, Oriental x Trumpet have definitely provided an impact and smell to die for, every time I enter and leave the house. For £5.25 for 3 bulbs from www.hwhyde.co.uk they have been worth every penny.
They even stood up to the incredible storms we had the other night which left a yellow pollen stain on the white petals below, reminding me of the mornings when I have forgotten to remove my make-up and wake up a little smudged and bleary-eyed.
The pink flowers above are the fashionably late flowering perennials, Echinacea purpurea – just bursting out now. There are other interesting varieties and beautiful shades of Echinacea purpurea but none are as reliably hardy as this tough old boot and it is fabulous.
This is one of my first Dahlias in flower this season – D.’Karma Chocolate’ with a background of Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, a white Hydrangea and brilliant red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’. I love the colour combo.
This bright pink Lychnis coronaria is another ‘Free spirit’ self-seeding around the garden and amazingly adding a well spaced and enjoyable colour combination to the purple Phlox in this border.
I had to add this photo of Trachelospernum jasminoides flowering madly at the front door. The perfume of this evergreen climber is heavenly.
Note to self : Allium sphaerocephalon need staking early on. We missed the opportunity and what a disaster. Allium sphaerocephalon luckily, look great in a vase.