The end of June in The Fortnight Garden

Here we are, at the end of June in The Fortnight Garden. I can hardly believe that six months of the year have already passed and we are into the second half of 2020. What a year it is proving! The hard work in the garden in March and April was well worth it as I look round now at colour everywhere, and bees, butterflies and birds enjoying themselves.

1. The most striking plant in the garden over the past few weeks has been the Nepeta ‘Seven Hills Giant’. The bees just love the flowers and there has been a frenzy of collecting for weeks now. Add to that branches which spill over the patio and a lovely, soft blue/lavender colour and you have a very rewarding perennial. I wish I could squeeze in more plants.

2.Penstemon ‘unknown’ has started flowering – dramatic, deep maroon bells. I am going to try and propagate new plants for next year from cuttings.

Penstemon at the end of June in The Fortnight Garden

3.All round the garden the Japanese Anemones are making themselves felt, pushing forwards, taking over.

Japanese Anemone 'Robustissima' at the end of June in The Fortnight Gardne
Japanese Anemone ‘Robustissima’
Japanese Anemone 'Robustissima'
Japanese Anemone ‘Robustissima’

4.The Curry Plant is finally flowering and looking very pretty in the evening sunshine.

Flowering Curry Plant at the end of June
Flowering Curry Plant

5.Deschampsia Cespitosa was rescued from The City Garden and dumped in a pot because there was no more space in the garden. The flowers are just starting to develop and it should look absolutely gorgeous on the back patio over the next weeks.

Deschampsia Cespitosa at the end of June in The Fortnight Garden
Deschampsia Cespitosa

6.And finally for Six on Saturday, a splash of colour from American Pillar which continues to be absolutely stunningly gorgeous, hidden away at the side of the house and grown mainly for the benefit of the neighbours!

American Pillar at the end of June in The Fortnight Garden
American Pillar at the end of June in The Fortnight Garden
American Pillar at the end of June in The Fortnight Garden

The end of June in The Fortnight Garden is a splash of colour, buzzing bees, and pure delight. When I looked back I found that two years ago the garden was much less advanced at the end of June, but the Nepeta was still a delight! Thank you again to The Propagator for encouraging us to keep going!


  1. Your last rose photos are wonderful, it is nice to share and I’m sure your neighbours are pleased that you do. I always think that the start of the japanese anemones is a sign that we are on the way, they do seem early this year. Fabulous penstemon. 🙂

    • Thank you! The Japanese Anemones are very early – in years gone by they flowered in August. This year I think we will see flowers in July. I do hope it doesn’t mean an early and long winter.

  2. i’ve seen that rose in catalogues and have been tempted before. it does look fabulous and yours is splendid. i think i should get some nepeta, they look less troublesome than lavender or salvia.

    • The rose has never looked so good! It never gets watered or fed and is cut back once a year, and is grown on the north side of the house, over the fence/wall. Nepeta attracts the bees, and once the first flowers are over I cut it back for a second go in the autumn. I will do a little discussion on the trio next Saturday.

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