We started the morning off by having further discussions about our Charity Open Day next Sunday 23rd which is promising to be a great day and is coming together nicely. We’ll be raising money for Lewes Saturday Circle and want to make sure the garden is looking its very best.
A big part of the summer garden are the bedding plants which we use to great effect in summer containers. Following on from last week, here are a few more of our favourites:
Sanvitalia procumbens or Creeping zinnia
This annual has yellow daisy-like flowers and dark red stems. It is easy to grow and is tolerant of heat and drought and is an excellent filler for containers with its tumbling habit. It grows to 20cm high and spreads to 45cm. Keep deadheading to prolong flowering.
Ipomoea ‘Bright Ideas Rusty Red’
These are great foliage plants and and look good in hanging baskets, patio containers and window boxes alongside other container annuals. They are sun-loving but often benefit from some afternoon shade to prevent the foliage from bleaching.
These clump-forming half hardy annuals have soft ferny foliage with a profusion of small yellow flowers. They grow well in full sun to a height of 30cm and spread to 20cm.
These dahlias are a recent introduction and have shorter stems than many forms. What they lack in height they make up for in their abundance of double flowers. They look good at the front of borders or in containers.
Jobs this week
- Cutting back foliage overhanging paths and removing of Honesty plants alongside the Garden Room. These will then be dried and used in indoor arrangements later in the year.
- Planting Actea and bright green Sesleria autumnalis in the Top Garden.
- Planting around the pond.
- Giving the Muehlenbeckia a hard prune.
- Planting up more summer containers.
- Weeding the Winter Bed.
Fingers crossed now that the weather stays fair for our Open day on Sunday!