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The month of July is a wonderful month in the garden. It is a month filled with the beauty of all sorts of flowers, so many in fact, you could have a hard time choosing what to plant. With all the different choices, there shouldn't be any trouble choosing the right plant for the right spot.
A red and yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis sp.)., courtesy of Wikipedia, Victorrocha, photographer
Perennials are a wonderful addition to the garden. Plant them once and they come back year after year. Unlike annuals, perennials usually bloom for only a few weeks. A garden containing perennials is constantly changing, helping to forecast the changing seasons. Some flowering perennials that bloom in July include daylilies, black-eyed Susans, daisies, veronica speedwell, phlox, geraniums and coreopsis,.
A pink Oriental Lily , courtesy of Wikipedia, Queerbubbles, photographer
Bulbs are extremely popular because they yield so much in return for so little. They provide brilliant colour and spectacular form. Most bulbs that bloom in July also have the added advantage of taking up very little space. They grow tall but not broad. Some favourite flowering bulbs that bloom in July include alliums, cannas, dahlias, gladiolus and lilies.
African marigold, courtesy of Wikipedia, Joe Sala, photgrapher
Annuals are plants that complete their life cycle in one season. They come in a riot of colours and forms and most bloom all season long. They range in height from three inches to five feet. They have the added advantage of being quite inexpensive. Landscape designers use them to create uniform flower beds or as "aesthetic fillers," among more permanent plants. Some of the easiest to grow that bloom in July include begonias, campanula, cleome, coleus, cosmos, gazanias, impatiens, lantana, lobelia, marigolds, geraniums, petunias, salvia, marigolds and verbena.
Color in the Garden
Flowering plants add colour, and colour can help set the mood in the garden. Flower colours can be classified as either warm or cool. The warm toned flowers with draw attention to themselves while cool tones are more soothing. Warm tones include the reds, oranges and yellows, while the cool tones include the blues, purples and many of the pinks. Warm toned perennials include daylilies, black-eyed Susans, geraniums and coreopsis, while cool toned choices include veronica speedwell and phlox. Cool tones also include many of the flowering bulbs including alliums, dahlias and some of the lilies.
When discussing flower choices, the part of the country you live in and the amount of light a plant needs must be considered. This is especially important when choosing perennials. Look for plants that will grow well in your region.
Another consideration is how much light your garden gets. Annuals that can handle a great deal of heat and full sun include coreopsis, geraniums, gazanias, lantana, petunias, the red salvias and marigolds. Plants that prefer some shade for part of the day include impatiens, begonias and lobelia.
- The Complete Urban Gardener, by Joan Puma, 1985, Harper & Rowe
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