July is all about maintaining existing plants in the garden and filling in the gaps with flowers that will last through the summer. Echinaceas, Geums, Roses, and Rudbeckia are ideal for this. Jobs for July in the garden consist of keeping plants well watered, Dead head to prolong the flowering time, remove any damaged leaves and harvest vegetables.

Dress up the patio with new pots containing herbs and flowering perennials. We have a good selection of patio pots in stock. Half price Himalaya terracotta pots, New ribbed Echo pots in 3 colours and new designs by Elho.

The herb section is well stocked with herbs such as Basil, Rosemary, and Mint but if you look closely, you will find interesting varieties such a pineapple Sage or lemon Verbena which can both be used is sweet dishes such as fruit salads or sorbet. 1ltr herbs £4.49 each 3 for £12 or 9cm pots £2.49 each 5 for £10.

Check out these delicious Verbena recipes – https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/emon-verbena-recipes

For more info on growing herbs in containers click here- https://www.rhs.org.uk/herbs/containers

Grasses and many perennials look their best in July. We are expecting delivery of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ which is one of our favourites. Forming low mounds of yellow foliage ideal for planting at the edge of a border and path as well as a statement plant in a pot as you may have seen in the garden centre. Rudbeckias, Salvias, and Echinacea’s are in bloom and will carry on well into the late summer.

Want to know more about our perennials? – http://thesecretgardencentre.co.uk/home/contact-us/perennials/


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