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Flowering Plants for June

June 9, 2014



This fine striped China rose Ferdinand Pichard was rescued last year by me from the back of a border smothered in honeysuckle and clematis. It was replanted and given a huge feed and has emerged unscathed and is now in full bloom with the promise of repeat flowers throughout summer.


This year I decided to use perennial plants in all my pots rather than annual bedding. The plan is to divide them up in autumn for various beds that could do with an uplift. Here is Salvia ‘Cardonna’ which has intense violet-blue flowers brilliantly offset by a lime green hop Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ climbing up the rusty iron arbour behind it.


The Iceland poppy Papaver nudicaule ‘Solar Fire’  is also in full flower in a pot and I’ll save a seed head or two to re-sow next year.  The intense orange looks great against the dark green ivy on the walls behind it.



Above is a pot of Nigella ‘Love in a Mist’ which has taken over the fruit beds on the allotment but at least provides armfuls of cut flowers for the house.




I’ve made a note to buy lots more bulbs of Allium ‘Mount Everest’ ( above) this autumn. It’s been in flower for several weeks with its pure-white flowers and gorgeous green stamens held upright on sturdy tall stems. It’s planted in a parterre and the roundness of the flowers repeats the roundness of the box balls that sit on the four corners of the bed.

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  1. June 13, 2014 9:53 am

    I really like the idea of using perennials instead of bedding in your pots. I think most Iceland poppies are biennials so it might be an idea to sow those seeds now. I overwintered mine in a cold frame though as they don’t like winter wet and then planted them out in spring. Loving the nigella. I’ve got lots too and all self-sown which is nice. Have a lovely weekend.

    • June 13, 2014 10:40 am

      Yes the salvias are looking stunning and they are draught tolerant. Thanks so much for the poppy seed tip I shall save and sow this summer.

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