Jo Willcocks: top five plants for the summer season
Three plants for a sunny position
Top tip - Bud vases are great on their own or grouped together to show off cut flowers from your garden
Flowering now through to the autumn, gorgeous colours, great companion for roses and irresistible to bees and butterflies. They also do well in pots.
Great value for money, ideal for filling in gaps in your borders and flowers its socks off all summer. Also does well in pots and is one of the top bee friendly plants
Two plants for partial sun/shade position
Perfect cottage garden plant, that works equally well in a contemporary setting, for early summer and loved by bees and butterflies too. Soft colours from white, apricot to pink. Please note, this is harmful if eaten.
I love hydrangeas - they have long lasting flowers from mid summer through to Autumn. One of my favourites is ‘Limelight’ - the flowers emerge as lime green, turn to cream and then a faded deep pink in Autumn.
Climbing Hydrangea - Hydrangea petiolaris is one of the best self clinging climbers for a shady wall as its easy to grow and has gorgeous white flowers. That said, it will do equally well in a sunny position as long as the roots are kept moist. Keep the seedheads on for winter interest.
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