July to August
This is the time when the herbaceous borders are probably reaching their peak. Penstemons, shrubby salvias, monardas, veronicastrums, kniphofias, verbascums, dahlias, sedums, achilleas all contribute to a crescendo of blooms, while some roses continue to flower and campanula lactiflora provides a haze of blue flowers in many areas of the garden. By now the colour schemes in different beds and borders become more apparent. There are areas where blues and yellows predominate; one bed where it is reds, pale yellows and greens; several borders with a palette of purples, pinks, blues and whites and, one or two places where oranges and purples are prominent. But there also remain quieter greener parts of the garden where one can rest ones eyes.
Lythrum 'Blush', Sedum 'Xenox' & Heuchera
Kniphofia 'Tawny King'
Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'
Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'
Sedum 'Frosty Morn' & Penstemons on the Rose Bank
Campanula lactiflora in the Rose Garden
Rosa 'Ferdinand Pichard' with poppy seedheads & alliums
Agapanthus & Salvias on the Terrace
Penstemons, Achillea, Sedums & Phlox in the Midsummer Border