This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 31 July 2015

July Cottage Style Plants

Lots of colour in my cottage-style garden this Summer. I tend to mix perennials, annuals, veg, herbs and fruit together around the garden, using pots and planting them together in the flower beds/borders. It tends to work well. Here's a little snapshot of what's looking bright and cheerful this month... 

L-R: Shasta Daisy, Achillea 'Terracotta', Hydrangea, Astrantia major 'Primadonna'.

L-R: Astilbe Fanal, Begonia, Self-fertilizing Apple Tree, Dianthus.

L-R: Nemesia, unknown (can't remember) perennial, Hebe shrub, unknown (can't remember) perennial.

L-R: Echinacea (I think), Calendula, hoverfly on Lavender, Asiatic Lily Red Joy.

A window-box planted up with annuals (fuschia, dianthus, lobelia, etc) and hung on a painted fence-panel to brighten up a seating area.

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  1. Some beauties there, Kelli. It's the most colourful time of year in most UK gardens. Got any tomatoes or chillis on the go?

  2. Lovely colours - is that echinacea a helenium?

  3. Love the colours and the combinations, so nice to mix perennials, annuals and vegetables in the garden.

  4. The pink unknown in the third photo down appears to be a penstemon, and the echinacea looks to be helenium. Either way, so many gorgeous colors! I believe in the theory of "the more colors, the better".