Viridis’ recommended plant varieties for colour, feel and interest in the month of June.
Cornus kousa 'China Girl'
Ideal for smaller gardens, ‘China Girl’ flowers from a young age and can be clipped if required. It provides year-round interest, flowering with creamy white bracts that are followed by large, strawberry-like fruit, providing food for birds. The bark increases in interest as the plant matures, developing a rich tapestry of reddish-brown, silver and white tones.
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
A climbing honeysuckle with twining stems, green leaves and creamy, trumpet-shaped flowers. The scented flowers are usually followed by clusters of glossy red berries, perfect for birds. Although they will flower better in a sunny position, a slightly shaded spot will encourage a healthier, greener plant. This plant will thrive in almost any soil and benefits from a rejuvenating prune.
This popular geranium is ideal for filling the gaps between other plants in a busy border, especially alongside silver plants. Tolerant of shady spots, its striking magenta flowers brighten darker areas. The blooms, held above green, fan-shaped leaves, feature dark veins and centres. This is the parent plant to other well-known geraniums such as ‘Anne Thomson’ and ‘Patricia’.
Philadelphus 'Belle Étoile'
‘Belle Étoile’ is a medium-sized shrub, prized for its incredible fragrance and beauty. Arching branches bear a profusion of single white flowers, tinged with purple centres. Generally pest and disease free, this shrub is remarkably tolerant of air pollution, drought and salt-laden winds. Compact in habit, it’s useful in a mixed border or as an informal flowering hedge.
Digitalis heywoodii 'Silver Fox'
This elegant and unusual foxglove features silver-grey, furry leaves, suitable for cool planting schemes and planting in full sun to partial shade. Its white, tubular, speckled bells are arranged on upright flower spikes, ideal for bees. Shorter than some of its cousins, this variety will provide interest at the front of a border, as well as in a rock or gravel garden.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
‘Morning Light’ is a great grass for adding height. Its long, white-edged leaves contrast against green plants whilst bringing out brighter colours during summer. Even in winter, it retains its structure, adding an amazing interest on cold frosty mornings. The seed heads that appear in autumn also provide food for birds during the winter months. This plant has an RHS AGM.