Summer is the peak time for most gardens. It is when it is at its brightest, boldest and most fragrant. Beds designed to be at their best in summer are usually the most common, and what we all strive for in our garden., After all those long warm summer nights, is when we will spend most time outside in it, enjoying the lovely atmosphere we have created with our hard work. With this in mind, we have put together a few thoughts on what we consider to be some of the best summer flowers.
Firstly we want to talk about one of our favourite, and toughest perennials, Aster. It is perfect for slipping into a dull looking corner, or dotting through a bed that has some bigger bolder flowers and plants drawing the attention. Almost acting as an outline for them.
If you want something to give a bit more texture, and depth to the garden, then the Purple fountain grass could be just what you need. A lovely subtle shape that can add punch to any garden, and a feathery foliage deep brownish red in colour that really is a talking point.
Moonshine Yarrow could be the boldest of our suggestions. We had a bed with lovely yellows and oranges last year, and this very generous bloomer was perfect for it. It grew to roughly two feet in height, and it was a fantastic option. It will also mix well with a blue theme, provided it is mixed in correctly.
Finally we conclude with Penstemon. A very bushy flower that can clump nicely to cover a large area, or if properly handled, used to outline some large grasses or tall flowers. The midnight version will give a lush deep purple or other colour variants are also available. Consider mixing midnight with the dark red firebird, to create a lovely contrast.