An old-fashioned cottage favourite annual, the blanket flower can be relied upon to cope with the hottest weather. Apart from typical sunset shades, they now come in colours of lemon and red.
New Guinea impatiens are a glorious asset to a shady patio that gets a few hours of sun in the morning. They come in a range of leaf colours and blooms.
Cosmos flower throughout summer and autumn in average soil in a sunny aspect. As well as the familiar tall-growing white, pink and carmine varieties, the Ladybird series is more compact, with orange and yellow flowers.
Grow apricot-coloured day lilies as companions to cream and orange roses, mix indigenous cinnamon gazania with orange bulbine, thread blue agapanthus among strelitzia, and mauve ageratum cultivars with mini lemon petunias.
Leather fern (rhumora), aspidistra, and sasanqua camellia are invaluable foliage material for the vase. Ruscus is an evergreen foliage plant that will grow in a shady position in well-drained soil and has a long vase life.
The butterfly-like flowers of gaura are held on tall wiry stems, making them useful for creating a light, see-through effect in the summer garden. Continue this pink and white colour scheme in borders with tall-growing spider flower (cleome), lavatera and cosmos.
Give a final pinch back to chrysanthemums to encourage bushiness and more flowers in autumn. Water in dry periods, as chrysanthemums have a shallow root system.
Bring your garden to life using colour boldly and creatively with a massed planting of Agapanthus “Black Pantha”. The blue-black buds open into flower clusters of deep purple-blue. Agapanthus are also effective in pots and grouped in borders.