Because we have had lots of rain but little sun, the garden is still looking fresh, and although some plants are a little behind, and we have had a few casualties, the borders are burgeoning. The vegetable garden is looking good despite the weather; beans (several varieties), courgettes, squashes, onions, and cucumbers are just a few of the crops being harvested this month. The roses in the rose gardens and the cottage garden are looking wonderful, filling the air with their fragrances; the Long Border and Hot Garden are a mass of colour but each with their own special characteristics.
With large globes of dark blue flowers and dark green strappy leaves, Agapanthus 'Midnight Star' is one of the best Agapanthus cultivars. On the Long Border, it is combined with bright, contrasting colours such as orange Hemerocallis ‘Burning Daylight’ AGM. Grasses provide a contrast in form, for example Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’ AGM, with its spiky foliage and yellow banding. Agapanthus 'Midnight Star' is a small plant reaching about 70cm. Grow in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.