The mix of sunshine and rain has allowed for a much prolonged summer planting period which is great if you still have those odd spaces and gaps you wish to fill while still having the wide range of plants and summer colour available here before we begin to think about autumn planting selections in the coming weeks and months.
Our plant team have put together some fantastic ideas and inspiring border designs for you to consider this summer.
Now is a great time to enjoy a prarie-style border in your garden. With our summers getting ever hotter, this style of planting is far more sustainable in dry conditions. Utilise great structural grasses like miscanthus, pennisetum, imperata and panicum. As well as adding in colour from plants like salvia, helenium, rudbeckia, leucanthemum, verbena and agastache amongst many others. Sit back and relax as the wind gently rustles the grasses, and the bees collect the last pollen of the year!
Add Some Layers
The essence of a good mixed border is having plants that will give you interest over many seasons, not just in Spring and Summer.
Add in particular shrubs that may be evergreen like berberis, coprosma and pittosporum. But also interesting deciduous shrubs such as cornus or tilea which will give you colour from their winter stems.
You can then populate the rest of your border with a variety of herbacous perennials coming up at different times of year and at different heights.
“Heleniums are one of my favourite plants this time of year, bringing some warm colour to any mixed border or pot display. I particularly like to use them in grassy borders where they pair well with other late flowering perennials like rudbeckia, verbena, veronicastrum and physostegia. Tough and hardy through the winter, enjoying moist clay soil and plenty of sun!”
– Ross (Plant Manager)
Help and advice from the Bumbles Team
If you’re looking for advice on summer planting and help finding the perfect plant for you and your home, pop in store now and we would be more than happy to help as always. See you at Bumbles soon!