You may have invested time and money in creating your ideal outdoor space, whether it be a small backyard or a large contemporary garden perfect for parties. Either way you should be reaping the benefits of your garden design this summer.
You may have noticed the look of your garden can change dramatically from month to month and this is mainly down to the change in weather and your chosen plants and flowers.
Flowers have a huge impact on the overall look, feel and style of your garden design and this is something you should consider at the planning stage. However, if you didn’t it’s not too late, you can always plant additional flowers or even add potted plants to your design until you create your desired effect.
August is typically one of the hottest months of the year for us Brits and we’ve been looking into the flowers you may be seeing a lot of during this particular month. If you’re inspired by this article there’s still time to get your hands on any of these plants and ensure you have a colourful August.
Cornflowers come in a beautiful array of colours, ranging from vibrant cornflower blue to subtle pastel colours. These particular flowers are very popular, not only because of their beauty but also because they are so easy to grow and maintain. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast then these are the flowers for you, as butterflies and bees love them. Cornflowers also make great cut flowers so they can brighten up your home as well as your garden. An all-rounder in the flower world!
Nigella, or otherwise known as ‘Love-In-A-Mist’, is a very striking flower with spider-like green foliage around the head. They are easily grown and a great choice for filling gaps in bedding or to use as scattering plants. Nigella flowers are very abstract and unique, making them perfect for adding a little interest to your garden design.
Sunflowers are hugely popular and are commonly used in schools to encourage young children to learn about flowers in a fun and interactive way, as they can watch their journey from the very beginning. It may be surprising to learn that there are actually a huge variety of Sunflowers in the Sunflower family, meaning there will always be a type to fit nicely into your garden or space. Also you most likely already know that you can eat the seeds from a sunflower, however, did you know the petals are also edible and can add a little texture (and colour) to a summer salad.
Hydrangeas are a firm favourite when it comes to choosing shrubs for your garden design with their dark green leaves and pretty, delicate flower heads. These shrubs are ideal for using around the edge of any garden design or to create a feature. An interesting fact about Hydrangeas is that they can change colour depending on the soil pH levels, meaning they could look different in every garden.
If you are a keen gardener you will be well aware that there is no down time when it comes to your garden. August can prove to be the ideal time for sowing seeds, such as Pansies and Violas, to ensure you have colour in your garden design when Spring comes round!