Summer Blooms | Gardening Tips

Summer Blooms


August 15, 2018 2:40 pm

Summertime brings a selection of bright beautiful blooms. Read about our favourites and why they'll make a great addition to your garden this summer.

#1 LUPINS

These pretty spikes of flowers will really bring your borders to life during the summer months and attract bees. To add to its attractiveness, the Lupin’s pretty leaves look rather like the fanned out spikes of an umbrella.

Most Lupins are perennial plants and will flourish in a sunny or partially shady spot. Slugs love them so you may have to protect them from these hungry pests.

 

#2 SWEET PEAS

Sweet peas are just how they sound, sweet smelling beauties in a range of colours that climb like their relatives. Stake them with canes or grow up a trellis so that they are able to flourish. Plant from seed in spring or buy as plants now. Plant them in a sunny patch and pick the flowers daily to encourage more to grow and blossom.

They look lovely indoors and will give off a sweet perfume. Their colours range from pure white through the spectrum of pinks and mauves to deep tones of red and purple.

 

#3 HYDRANGEA

This popular shrub is an inhabitant of English gardens although it originally grew in
the northern and eastern areas of Asia. And no wonder because it flowers from spring to autumn. It ensures your grounds have welcoming summer blooms.

The colour of the blooms is affected by the pH of the soil. Basically if your soil is acidic then the flowers on your Hydrangea will shade towards the blue spectrum whereas an alkaline soil encourages pink blooms.

 

#4 DELPHINIUMS

Another summer favourite has to be those towering Delphiniums in their many shades of blue and purple. Oh did we mention they also come in pinks and white as well?

There are more than 300 species of this bloomer which originated from across the northern hemisphere. Their common name is Larkspur.

It’s another summer sun-loving plant. They attract bees and butterflies so they are a real asset to your grounds for more than their beautiful stately blooms. Flowering from late spring until the end of summer ensures your outdoor space has colour. They can easily grow to over half a metre tall.

Cut the flower spikes off as they die and cut the whole plant right down to ground level in autumn.

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