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August in the garden is a month to savour the fruits of labour

PUBLISHED: 11:03 08 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:03 08 August 2014

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Take no heed of those who describe it as a 'dire month' for flowers due to dryness, harsh light levels and spent flowerheads.

If your garden is suffering a flowering gap, simply plug the void with visual rewards. There are so many from which to choose. Penstemon is a perennial winner with its subtle tubular flowers in shades of red, lilac, pink, blue and white, generally embellished with the trembling bodies of bees who enter the sweet larder all summer long.

Lavender needs no explanation and a sensible gardener will have planned for ‘successional’ flowering, using different species in order to gain delectable scent from spring through to autumn. Out now are the late-summer-peakers such as Lavandua x intermedia ‘Grosso’. Team it with Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ for a great contrast on the colour wheel and the more adventurous might like a splash of Helenium for a courageous clash.

A flower lollipop that looks good enough to lick is Kniphofia popsicle with its mouth watering forms such as Orange Vanilla, Lemon, and Strawberries and Cream. But resist the urge to partake of the feast - as they are toxic. And on the theme of temptation you might wish to inhale the scent of Cosmos ‘Chocca Mocca’ for chocolate heaven! Team it with white and pink Cosmos for a fabulous floaty look – this half-hardy perennial is out of this world with its graceful, ferny foliage and cheerful bright blooms.

The sweetshop of summer flowers has barely opened. There’s Echinacea which is undeniably endearing to man and mini-beasts – particularly stunning when planted with grasses such as miscanthus and that late summer butterfly bistro – sedum in all its intriguingly structural forms.

Perfect Plants Ltd. is an on-line plant shop and plant products company based in East Sussex. Visit www.perfectplants.co.uk

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