Per­fect 10 for sum­mer In­ject some colour into your gar­den...

With Diar­muid Gavin

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

De­sign­ing gar­dens is a job I love – choos­ing the plants and paint­ing colour­ful pic­tures with them. Then, af­ter they are planted, I like to drop in to check up on progress and see how the plot is weld­ing to­gether ev­ery six months or so.

This year, I have had a lovely ex­pe­ri­ence of mind­ing a gar­den that I cre­ated. It is in a shop­ping cen­tre in Dun­drum, south of Dublin, and it’s the re­build­ing of the Har­rods Bri­tish Ec­cen­tric Gar­den dis­played at the Chelsea Flower Show last year.

Since May, the blooms and blos­soms have been non- stop. But I know we are be­gin­ning to come into trick­ier times in mid- to- late sum­mer when the first en­thu­si­as­tic flush of late spring and early sum­mer flow­ers have faded. So I’ve paid par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to what will look good now.

Th­ese are the flow­ers I hope will see this par­tic­u­lar joy­ous plot con­tinue its per­for­mance right through to Septem­ber. They’re my top 10 for late sum­mer colour and any one of them might be per­fect for your plot.

My site is open and sunny with a free drain­ing soil, but one with plenty of hu­mus ma­te­rial which will help re­tain wa­ter around them. So for the bright spots in your plot, keep the sum­mer go­ing with some of th­ese... and sunny po­si­tion in good, wellen­riched soil that doesn’t dry out.

Di­vide in spring to in­crease. and in­tense vi­o­lets. It’s an easy care peren­nial that en­joys full sun­shine and well- drained soil.

It’s a strong- shaped plant for your border and its flow­ers, which can also be dried very well, are long last­ing.

Very pop­u­lar with but­ter­flies and bees too. bur­gundy tones of Red Vel­vet.

Loves full sun­shine and looks strik­ing dot­ted through a border.

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