The City Garden at the beginning of July

Where has the time gone? It is nearly the start of the 7th month of the year and more than time to look at the garden again and review progress. This is a very difficult garden, with several patches of completely different ‘climates’ and with the overall problem of SNAILS & SLUGS! Oh, and there are the squirrels, cats, and foxes as well. I am trying to make a varied garden which is snail-resistant, but which is also relatively easy to maintain as I am the sole gardener. And I am trying not to spend a fortune on plants – the price of plants, particularly perennials and shrubs, seems to have soared, or am I being unrealistic?

At the end of May there was a lot of pink: the cistus draped over the wall was pink all through June, but needs to be cut back – this may mean its demise, but it is too woody so I will take cuttings and see what happens. And the pink geraniums were wonderful! I think they are a variety of macrorrhizum, but it hasn’t been identified. They don’t repeat – just the one glorious burst of pink. And underneath the Knautia Macedonica is finally happy with the dry heat at the base of the wall. All that gaudy pink has been replaced by the Hydrangea grown in a tub. 

A month ago the shady border along the flint wall looked like this; now the flower buds are swelling on the Japanese Anemones and the plants look really dense.Japanese Anemone 'Robustissima'Japanese Anemone 'Robustissima'Japanese Anemone 'Robustissima'

In the brick wall border the veronicastrum is falling over and the Japanese Anemones are reaching upwards. The grasses are starting to flower, the Philadelphus thrived after its early spring transplant, and various geraniums have been a joy. The Libertia and Euphorbias are going to ‘work’, I think, and I have found the snails don’t eat Tellima Grandiflora. Neither do the snails eat Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia Vulgaris) and I may have to add more next year.

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The Fence border, with its mix of hot, dry sunshine, and dry shade is not quite right yet. I don’t think the Viburnum Plicatum is going to flourish – we had to move it twice while redoing the garden – and so with a heavy heart it is going to be replaced. Seeing how well ‘Annabelle’ is doing near the Bay Tree I am considering hydrangeas.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle'

And then there is the fernery…


  1. I agree that the price of perennials and shrubs can be high! I am now eliminating any from my ‘desired’ list that aren’t S&S resistant. Your pink geranium is very lovely. Geraniums do seem to tolerate the S&S but a new ‘phaeum ‘Samobor” I planted sadly suffered from something eating it. I can only hope that maybe it will emerge new in spring. (Having looked on the RHS site I see they “May be attacked by vine weevil, sawflies, slugs and snails” ) Oh dear.

    • Hmm, I have grown ‘Samobor’and it hasn’t been eaten by the S&S. Just leave it be and it may well revive in the spring. The strongest geranium is undoubtedly ‘Spessart’, I have found, as well as Oxonianum, and I have seen Endressii growing very strongly in the shade as well.

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