Plants for July Interest

Viridis’ recommended plant varieties for colour, feel and interest in the month of July.

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Buddleia alternifolia

Buddleia alternifolia alternate

A vigorous shrub that can easily be trained into a small tree. Arching branches of slender, grey-green foliage contrasts against elongated, scented lilac flowers. Its informal habit lends itself to a cottage-style garden. Excellent for sunny borders, it attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Keep an eye out for Buddleia alternifolia ‘Unique’ – a new, dwarf variety perfect for pots!

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Trachelospermum jasminoides

Trachelospermum jasminoides

This popular climber combines twining evergreen foliage with pure white, sweetly scented flowers. Best suited to a sunny, sheltered wall, you can also plant it to cover trellises, pergolas or arbours to provide privacy screening as well as an elegant floral display. Although hardy in a sheltered spot, more exposed positions will require winter protection and mulching.

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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie'

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie'

‘Emily Mckenzie’ is a compact variety that enjoys sun or partial shade. Average to fast-growing, it will quickly create bold drifts on banks or within large borders. Its large, crimson and orange freesia-like flowers look great in a hot coloured border and make excellent cut flowers. This variety is deer and rabbit resistant.

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Phlomis russeliana

Phlomis russeliana

Providing year-round interest, this useful, sturdy perennial flourishes in poor soils and looks great as part of a naturalistic perennial border. Suitable for coastal planting, this specimen is also deer and rabbit resistant and does a brilliant job of smothering weeds with its large, soft, heart-shaped leaves.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Early spring mounds of dark green foliage, ideal for ground cover when planted en masse, makes this a great choice for pairing with spring bulbs to cover their fading leaves. Long-lasting pinkish, brush-like flowers appear in late summer and persist well into winter, providing interest alongside the fading golden foliage. Cut back this deciduous grass in late winter.

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Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'

Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'

A neat cultivar with beautifully scented pink flowers held above a creeping mat of foliage. Its leaves are ideal for year-round ground cover at the front of a border. Happy in well-drained, alkaline soil, ‘Herrenhausen’ looks wonderful intermingled with grasses and silver foliage plants.