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On four summer plants that are flowering now

Plants that are looking good for your garden right now

Summer is here.

The height of summer is one of the best seasons of the gardening year. This is the time when the herbaceous perennials come into their own and they dominate our gardens with their impressive shows of colour and flowers.

In my opinion, you can’t beat this time of year for the perennials that are on offer.

I have listed just four here. But this list is by no means exhaustive, as there are so many to choose from. It’s all about choosing the right plant for the right place and for the conditions in your garden.

Here are four plants flowering now for a sunny, summer garden.


The stately grace and spectacular beauty of the crocosmia. I have quite a few of these in my garden and every year, I cannot wait for them to flower.

Sometimes known as Montbretia, there are many different varieties of crocosmia. But the most popular has to be ‘Lucifer’ and it is what I am asked for often.

Not only are they beautiful, but they are easy to grow and care for. Grown from corms, they are available to buy at this time of year as plants, which will give some instant impact to your garden.

The flower stems can be cut back after flowering and they may flower once more for you. After a few years, you may find the clump becoming congested, so the corms can be dug up in the spring and divided into new plants. This is important to keep the plants healthy and happy, but is also a great way to propagate new crocosmia for your garden.


Salvias are quite simply bee magnets, and one of my top summer plants, not only for its looks, but for being a favourite with the pollinators.

Known as ornamental sages for the fragrance of the foliage, they flower all summer long. And that wonderful fragrance is said to keep away the black spot and mildew when planted amongst roses.

Salvias look good and do well in any planting scheme. They are a great choice for a dry border, are happy in pots and come in so many different varieties. Lovers of the sun and haters of the damp are our salvias.

I grow the good old favourite ‘Hot Lips’ in my garden and it lasts well into autumn, up to the first frosts, providing lots of lovely colour in my garden.

There is a salvia for every garden.


I’ve said it before, but nothing says summer more than a dahlia.

Like salvias, they come in every colour and flower shape possible, so you are sure to find one (or more) for your garden.

I like to grow the single flower varieties, as they are more pollinator-friendly. My particular favourite is ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ because there is nothing else that compares to its rich, red flower against the dark foliage.

Whichever is your particular favourite, dahlias are ideal for a late summer flower providing you with colour right up to the first frosts. Deadhead them and this encourages them to keep flowering for longer. They also make an impressive cut flower.

They like a sunny spot, but can be a tender soul, often disliking being left out in the cold, damp winter. But if you don’t mind giving them a bit of care, you will definitely be rewarded with colour and beauty all summer long.


Originating from South America, alstroemeria are also known as the Peruvian lily.

Another favourite with pollinators, these hardy perennials are very pretty and come in many shades of pastel, as well as bright, vivid colours. Like dahlias, alstroemeria are perfect to be grown as cut flowers.

With their lily-like flowers, they look spectacular in cottage style planting and are a good choice for borders, as they are hardy and low maintenance. Like our other plants here, alstroemeria are sun lovers and dislike damp, poorly drained soils.

Cut them back to the base after flowering to stimulate new growth for the season and alstroemeria will flower all through the summer for you.


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