Flowers for July part 2

There are so many flowers in the July garden, that I felt they had to be divided into two. I was getting really disheartened with the garden and the weather, so much non stop rain meant that we couldn’t cut the grass for weeks as it was so sodden and I couldn’t get into the borders to tidy up, really, it looked a mess. All change now, non stop sunshine which has dried everything out, the grass is cut, more weeds have been tackled and dead heads seen to, it looks ok once more. The first photo is of Iris ensata which has really enjoyed all the rain.


A. mollis

Acanthus mollis is doing really well, making itself at home by the pond. At last it has decided to flower after quite a number of years, I hope this means that it is happy.


A Spirea bush which I grew from a cutting from a bush in a friends garden,  is looking really good at the moment, absolutely covered in flowers, the best year yet!


Daylilies or Hemerocallis are flowering away in all the borders bringing nice splashes of colour where needed.


Taking over from the primulas in the bog garden are the Astilbes in various shades of pink, red, mauve and white. They form a nice contrast with the hostas there.

Pond area

Crocosmia Lucifer strutting his stuff once more and making it impossible for me to get into the pond area to do some much needed clearing, he wouldn’t look the same if I tied him up neatly so that he wouldn’t be in the way would he?!

H. prolificum

Hypericum prolificum is now covered in tiny yellow balls of fluff, or that is what it seems like, the flowers have so many stamens.

M. moschata alba

Malva moschata alba is now appearing in all the sunny borders. From one original plant given to us by a friend, we now have it popping up where least expected, I presume from seeds in the compost. Lovely plant, never a nuisance.


Two plants that arrived from nowhere but are welcome to stay. They have seeded into most borders but are easy to remove if in the wrong place or there are too many of them. The evening primrose at the back is lovely while in flower and then its seeds are loved by our goldfinch birds in the winter. The linaria is everywhere, a lot does get pulled out, but now we have so many plants that are pink in colour, they look lovely together.


All the buddleia bushes are now flowering in various colours, but where are the butterflies. Obviously they wouldn’t like all the wet weather that we have been having, hope they haven’t passed us by and gone somewhere sunny!


Lythrum is a bog plant, so why has a seedling popped up in my bee and butterfly border which is on a slope and therefore the best drained border that we have in the garden? I think I will have to move it to the other side of the garden when it has finished flowering.


The flower heads of Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster have been tumbled by the rain, wonder if they will straighten up again?


Lots of different foxgloves flowering at the moment, this small dainty one is Digitalis lutea, so pretty.


The hosta flowers are almost like foxgloves, they are so tall with all the rain. I have never known the hostas to have so many flowers before, they are amazing.

A. macrophylla White Swan

A lovely plant which I found on holiday last year is Anemonopsis macrophylla White Swan. It likes shade and moisture in the soil, we have plenty of that! Grows to about 2ft tall and has these beautiful flowers down the stem. There is one with the inner petals purple, must track it down!


All the various varieties of Hydrangea are flowering away and will add to the garden for months until the autumn. This one is H. macrophylla Blue Wave.

L. African Queen

The lily family are now beginning to open their buds around the garden, this one is African Queen and shines out from its semi shaded corner.


This tiny rose was given to me years ago by a friend who was visiting, label has long since been lost so I can’t give you a name, maybe I ought to call it ” Angela” after the friend who gave it to me. It is only 6 inches tall but it enjoys life on my alpine scree!

S. gigantea

Thank goodness the sun has come out, this is when Stipa gigantea looks its best, with the sun shining through it. Love it when it is like this.


Nearly Agapanthus time again, soon we will have lots of gorgeous flowers like the header photo from last year.


A lovely golden yellow Crocosmia, have searched for its name, but no sign of it unfortunately. It got rave reviews from Carol Klein at last years Chelsea Flower Show so I bought mine from a nursery in Cornwall to complement the agapanthus that are in front of it, the  agapanthus had better get a move on!

C. durandii

Herbacious Clematis durandii managing to climb through  Lonicera nitida Baggesens’ Gold and showing the contrast between the yellow foliage and the beautiful dark blue petals.

L. martagon

My one and only martagon lily, I planted a few bulbs but this is the only one that has decided it wants to stay in my garden. Have been very busy squashing lily beetles on this one, but it was worth it!


A friend gave me this Francoa which she grew from seed, think I must try and grow  some from seed to increase them, as they are very happy in deep shade here.

Time to stop, so many lovely flowers all at once, far too many to show them all, so I have tried to limit them to one from each family, haven’t always succeeded though! What a difference a bit of sunshine makes, we feel much better as well as the plants!

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14 Responses to Flowers for July part 2

  1. wellywoman says:

    Some stunning plants, Pauline. I was just admiring my hostas yesterday. The flowers that is, certainly not the hole ridden leaves. The flowers are actually very pretty. I have all mine in pots in a big group so they’re putting on quite a lovely display at the moment. I love martagon lilies but have always winced at the price of the bulbs. I would love some and they’d be perfect for this time of year when the shady part of my garden is looking a bit quiet.

    • Pauline says:

      I agree about the price of martagon lilies WW, and it makes them even more expensive when most of them decide they don’t like your garden! I would love some white ones, but they are even worse, maybe I should have been sowing seed all these years, bit late now though, would I be here in 7 yrs time to see them flower!!

  2. lovely foliage in the previous post and flowers to match in this post, your garden must look stunning, Frances

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Frances, the garden does look a lot better now that the good weather has arrived, the grass has been cut, flopping plants dealt with and deadheads removed, a great improvement!

  3. Liz says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Lovely blooms! So many too… I hope the sun stays with us a little longer, even if temperatures have declined a little – I’m happy with 20, rather than 28 though!
    I’m off to hunt Butterflies, but with the wind we have, I don’t think I’ll see many.

    • Pauline says:

      20 is far nicer for me too Liz, 28 is too hot to work in the garden. This is when I appreciate all the shade that we have, working in the shade is quite pleasant and therefore those borders get more attention than the sunny ones! We have had a few butterflies so far but nowhere near as many as usual.

  4. Christina says:

    I’m glad you did two posts for all your July flowers, there are so many lovelies to enjoy it would be a shame to rush them. I love Clematis durandii, and have done ever since I first saw it at Sissinghurst.. Glad summer has arrived.

    • Pauline says:

      So lovely Christina, to have warmer weather with lovely sunshine, the plants are enjoying it too! Clematis durandii is such a lovely dark blue, its certainly one of my favourites.

  5. Alberto says:

    Hi Pauline! You have so many beautiful flowers there! I love that white malva, I should try it in my garden. I used to grow cl. Durandii through lonicera nitida too in my previous garden! They look so good together! I need some clematis Durandii in this garden too… I need it.

    • Pauline says:

      Alberto, I think the white Malva would like all the sunshine in your garden, it seeds around very gently here and is never a nuisance. Hope you find C. Durandii soon for your garden, I’m greedy, I have two !

  6. Your flowers are all lovely. So ironic to hear complaints about problems with too much water when the US is having such drought problems. Donna at GWGT has a great post on it—very scary.

    • Pauline says:

      We had about 3 months non stop rain Carolyn, the plants have responded by growing extra tall and flowering far better than usual. I think this problem is much better for the plants than your drought, hope you soon get your much needed rain. Our summer has now arrived, thank goodness, even though it is rather late!

  7. Anna says:

    Some beauties there Pauline. I liked your photo of the malva moschata – it captures the sheen the flower has about it 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Anna, the malva was first given to me by a friend, now the seeds get spread about through the compost I think, it always seems to put itself in just the right place.

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