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With a little bit of planning, you can guarantee your garden will be full of colour and interest from spring through to winter, check out our June to August guide below.
The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing summer bloomers. Roses are a must for country-style gardens. Climbing ramblers provide the most impressive array of flowers, and can easily scramble over pergolas, obelisks or garden walls. Cottage garden favourites also include shrub-like wild species such as dog-rose and French rose with their single rounded flowers. Flowering perennials, such as larkspur and phlox, make good companions for roses. To add warm yellow and red tones to your summer border plant helenium, smooth oxeye, or yarrow. Rather than spend a fortune at the garden centre, try cultivating annual summer flowers on your windowsill towards the end of winter, or sow them directly in empty spots in your flower beds in late spring. For a riot of colour and texture try growing cosmea, common mallow, marigolds, common poppies and sweet peas, with sunflowers and hollyhocks for added height.