July plant of the moment
Low maintenance colour: Hydrangea
Hardy, beautiful and ideal for borders and containers, Hydrangeas are a great way to add interest to an English garden. As well as being resistant to many common garden pests, they also thrive well with a mixture of sun and shade (opt for a spot with morning sun), making them well suited to most garden positions.
Blooms are available in pink/mauve, blue/violet and white, however Hydrangeas are known to change colour depending on the pH level of the soil. While colourants are available, it's lovely to watch your Hydrangeas naturally evolve during the summer period.
Plant in moist yet well drained soil with a good compost and fertiliser and water well during the summer season. If space is a little tight in your garden, choose self-clinging climbers to add intrigue to a neglected wall or trellis.
- Choose a range of plants to ensure that there is always something in bloom throughout the summer months.
- Try to avoid using pesticides on your garden and these can harm butterflies and other useful bugs such as bees and ladybirds.
- To encourage butterflies into a smaller garden or a courtyard, plant a dwarf Buddleja in a pot.
There are lots of plants that will encourage butterflies to enjoy your garden but the following are particularly successful:
- Butterfly Bush (Buddleja and others)
- Ice Plant and Sedum
- Cone Flower (Echinacea)
- Rudbeckia varieties
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