Top 5 Plants for Summer 2018

A visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Bloom usually gives a good indication of what will be in vogue for the coming gardening season.

Hot colours such as yellows, reds and orange seem to be the theme for this year.

Here’s my five that I recommend for your garden this season.

Iris ‘Kent Pride’

This was my plant of Chelsea Flower Show 2018. I love Irises, I think their flower shape is just amazing to admire. This one has an almost rustic copper appearance and has a way of drinking in the sun, to really catch your eye.

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Iris ‘Kent Pride

Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’

Geum’s are all the rage at the moment, they come in a spectacular range of colours and can complement many of your gardening situations. At this stage ‘Totally Tangerine’ is a Chelsea classic but still a real show stopper. It’s the most amazing shade of orange, subtle but eye-catching.

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Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’

Lupinus ‘Masterpiece’

Lupins were the obvious plant of Chelsea Flower Show 2018. They were the crowning jewel in almost every show garden. They are available in various shades of colour too were just astonishing. An old reliable with a new lease of life. Definitely, one to add to your garden.

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Lupinus ‘Masterpiece’

Aquilegia chrysantha

This was my plant of Bloom 2018. I just loved how it worked in this particular design. A real splash of colour. Similar to the Lupins, Aquilegas have gotten a new lease of life with stunning varieties out there.

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Aquilegia chrysantha

Salvia ‘Caradonna’

I love this. I love the deep rich purple of the slender spike-like flowers. Salvias have really come back with a bang and are available in a range of colours and flower shapes.

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Salvia ‘Caradonna’

Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

I had to include this one even though it isn’t a hot colour. The RHS’s ‘Plant of the Year’ is just spectacular. It has the most unusual of growing habits (almost trailing) and is just bursting with a profusion of white flowers. I can guarantee this will be seen throughout the gardening world in the coming season. Love it!!

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Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

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