The summer borders
As we reach the middle of summer with the temperatures finally starting to rise, the summer borders here at Nymans gradually begin to take shape. So what can you look out for this year?
The perennials have been staked, the soil has been mulched, fed and rotovated and the bedding plants are establishing well, although they were planted out later than usual due to the slow start of spring. Some new additions this year include Dahlia 'Askwith Joan', Dahlia 'Dikara Moon' and Monarda 'Loddon Crown'.
One of the first perennials to flower is Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination'. However, some of our plants are suffering from fasciation which is flattened, elongated shoots and flower heads that look like many stems compressed together.
This strange looking problem may be ugly or attractive depending on your viewpoint, but it's always interesting. Fasciated stems are produced due to abnormal activity in the growing tip of a plant. Often an abnormal number of flowers are produced on the affected stems.
Chrysanthemum 'Snowland' is one of the first annuals to flower. When planted close together they provide a carpet of white daisy like flowers wich repeat for many weeks.
Other new additions to the summer borders this year are sunflowers. We've planted a dwarf multi headed variety Helianthus annus 'Munchkin' and two tall varieties 'Helianthus annus valentin' and Helianus annus 'Ruby Eclipse'.
As the summer prpgresses and we enter autumn, the borders will start to fill out and you can expect them to be at their best from early August onwards.