Create long-flowering summer borders with a palette of superb performers in a rainbow of vibrant colours...
Some of the boldest border plants are summer-flowering perennials that will happily flower for weeks, and even months at a time. Many of them come in sizzling-hot shades of scarlet, orange and coral pink which look their best in bright summer sun. These hot colours are natural attention-seekers and will pull the eye to beds and borders where the summer flower show is still going strong.
For balance, you can contrast these firey show-stoppers with cooler shades of lilac-blue, indigo and lime-green. And for impact, try combining different flower shapes - from the cheerful daises of geum and leucanthemum to the elegant spires of foxgloves and adenophora.
Pretty Perfect! Here's a few of our favourite border plants...
Adenophora 'Fairy Bells Gaudi Violet'
Delicate spikes of bell-shaped blooms work will mid-border. Height: 50cm.
Geum 'Scarlet Tempest'
Masses of ruby-red flowers with an apricot flush. Height 50cm.
Tall, striking coral-pink flower spikes. Height 90cm.
Gaura 'Walberton's Gold Fountain'
Zingy, variegated leaves add drama to this exciting new variety. Height 50cm.