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Top plants to grow for midsummer magic

Diarmuid Gavin


The bees (and birds) love to feast on summer’s most beautiful plants – here are some of the best to sow...

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Summer foxgloves

Summer foxgloves

Penstemon

Penstemon

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Magnolia tree

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Summer foxgloves

It’s a busy time in the garden — I’ve spent several long and enjoyable days pulling out weeds, deadheading, and planting up summer containers. We’ve had plenty of sunshine so I’ve been doing lots of watering too — mainly pots but also moisture lovers such as my tree ferns, astilbes and rodgersias. Midsummer is a hectic time of growth in the garden and it can be hard to keep on top of every job as well as taking time to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

But gardeners must always be looking ahead as well, and watching the bees burrowing into the pink bell-shaped flowers of foxgloves serves as a reminder about sowing seeds for next year’s crop. Foxgloves are biennials, which means they take two years to complete their life cycle — sow now and they will germinate and form a rosette of leaves this year, which will be followed by a spike of flowers next spring. The plant will then set seed and die off in the autumn and winter.


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