Category: Summer

Summer Bedding

Summer Bedding

Did you know that over a third of what we spend on plants is on summer bedding? Annuals are an essential feature in our gardens. They fill gaps in our borders and fill our pots and planters with instant colour.

Vibrant Containers

And what a  vast colourful and diverse range of bedding plants is available today! It seems that with every passing year we have more and more choices. This leaves us with no excuse not to have our gardens looking colourful.  And how drab and empty our patios and terraces would be without our vibrant containers full of petunias and trailing lobelia.

The Geranium

Annual geraniums, not to be confused with the perennial geranium will flower all summer long.  Colours range from

white to pink to deepest red. They are such hardy plants and if you have a mind to you can keep the plants indoors over the winter, water to a minimum and replant again once the threat of frost has passed.  If you like daisies, there is the Shasta Daisy a hard working annual, which adds splashes of white and yellow throughout summer and the autumn. Or the Brachyscome daisy in striking lilac blue and contrasting yellow centres.

With such wonderful choices, is it no wonder we love our bedding plants so much? If you are not sure what to plant contact us

Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

How many of us know that hanging baskets began life nearly 3,000 years ago? The first concept of hanging flowers off the ground was when King Nebuchadnezzar created the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’. This was to cheer up his pining Queen.

However, it was only when the Victorians became fascinated by wirework that the hanging basket as we know it today became popular. Then towns and cities beginning to adorn their streets with colourful displays of hanging summer plants. And what English garden would be complete without our hanging baskets full of flowers cascading down our walls, adorning our front porches and brightening up our fences?

New Materials

While traditional wire baskets are still very popular, there are now many more new materials available. This includes easy care plastic and in more recent years coir, wicker and bamboo. Additionally, we can line our baskets with materials other than moss, which is notorious for rapid moisture loss. A popular choice is pre cut plastic linings as they do help to retain water.  While these may not look very attractive when you first make the basket, it isn’t long before the plants cascade over the sides, hiding it from view.

When choosing your plants choose a mixture of bushy and trailing varieties to add both height and screening and remember to place slow release fertiliser in the compost. You can also grow strawberries in hanging baskets, and while they may not always be as colourful as the flower baskets, it certainly makes for something different and easy harvesting!

Swan River Daisy

Or how about Brachycome? More commonly known as the Swan River daisy with its fragrant flowers in various shades of the brightest blues with a delicate lacy foliage. Certainly our baskets and planters would not be the same without this staple flower. Bacapo is also another favourite for hanging baskets and containers with its abundance of blue, pink or white tiny flowers. Then there is the Bidens plant? With its bright golden yellow flowers and semi trailing habit it looks great in either baskets and or planters. If you would like any advice please contact us

Bright Shrubs for Summer

Bright Shrubs for Summer

Bright Shrubs for Summer

What bright shrubs for summer can we plant in our gardens?  What do you know about the bottlebrush bush? If this is a shrub that is not familiar to you – look it up! It sports such fascinating blooms – vibrant red and you will see instantly why its common name is ‘bottlebrush’! Its bright red blooms really do resemble a bottlebrush! It is evergreen with leaves that are aromatic if crushed. Furthermore, if you are lucky you might see humming birds dive in to collect the nectar from the blooms.

Native of Australia

The Latin name is Callistemon which is derived from the Greek meaning ‘beauty’ and it is a native of Australia and belongs to the Myrtle family. Most varieties bloom from late spring to late summer. You will need to plant it in a sheltered position in full sun. If this is not possible plant in a pot which you can move to a sheltered spot once summer is over and before any threat of a frost.

While you might think this is a lot of bother, the sight of one of these shrubs covered in those bottlebrush shaped red striking flowers makes any effort worthwhile. Grow as small shrubs or small trees – they can reach up to 15ft. Prune directly after flowering and they are not bothered too much with soil conditions providing it is well drained.


Another large shrub or tree that requires similar treatment is the simply beautiful Oleander. With its profusion of the most delicate peachy pink blooms, it really is a great ornamental shrub or small tree. Again, it needs full sun and protection from frost. Again plant in a sheltered spot or in a pot. Very suitable for a courtyard garden.

Need any help? Then do contact our Garden Design & Landscape Centre in Titchfield where you will find plenty of horticulturists on hand to give you expert advice on bright shrubs for summer!