Plants for a summer garden

Plants for a summer garden

It’s still possible to create lots of colour and interest in your summer garden, even if you don’t want to use bedding or herbaceous plants. Summer plants, especially shrubs, create structure and shape to your garden and are a haven for wildlife.

Summer flowering shrubs are easy to grow and require little maintenance, which is ideal during the summer months when all you want to do is sit back and enjoy all your hard work!

There are many summer plants to chose from, but here is a small selection you could consider, which we currently have in stock:


Hydrangeas are a popular choice, as they’re an easy to grow summer flowering shrub. We have many varieties in stock including:

Hydrangea macrophylla Zorro – a rounded upright, deciduous shrub. It has deep purple stems, dark green leaves and stunning pink flowers. Plant in partial shade in a sheltered position in a moist, well-drained soil. It has an eventual height and spread of 1 – 1.5m.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Koria’ – this Hydrangea has white flowers in late summer. Plant in full sun or partial shade, in a sheltered position. An eventual height and spread of 1 – 1.5m.

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Charme’ – with rosy pink delicate flowers. Plant in full sun or partial shade. This Hydrangea has an eventual height and spread of up to 4m.

Lavender angustifolia ‘Hidcote’

Lavender Angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ is a dwarf, bushy evergreen shrub that’s a real haven for bees. The narrow silver-grey leaves support their deep purple flowers during the summer months. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun.

Buddleja davidii ‘Moonshine’

Buddleja is also known as ‘the butterfly bush’ with good reason! Butterflies, bees and other insects love them. Buddleja davidii ‘Moonshine’ is sweetly scented and rich in nectar. Plant in a sunny position and it will flower from July through to September. They have an eventual height of 5’ and a spread of 2’-3’.

At Arundel Arboretum, we have many summer plants to choose from. Why not pop in and see us soon – our knowledgeable staff are always able to help and advise on the correct summer plants for your garden.


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