8 new must-have plants to look out for this July
New plants this month include an adorable ruffled double hellebore and an extraordinary tufted lily with short petals.
July is a good time to plant roses. Garden centres sell out of popular varieties so be quick to make your selection.
Flowers aren't the only source of bright colour in the garden. Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' has vibrant red-orange and yellow stems during winter. Small white flowers in summer and light lemon leaves in autumn give year-round interest.
Lily bulbs dry out easily. Plant new lilies as soon as you can after purchase to give them the best chance to flourish.
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Spring-flowering sweet peas, the seeds should be sown in pots in winter and kept sheltered until germinated. Once growth is established, transplant into the garden.
Lilium 'Anastasia' is an Oriental Trumpet lily with large, pendant flowers that are rosy pink at their heart shading to white towards recurved tips. With a strong fragrance, 'Anastasia' is a prolific bloomer with up to 20 flowers per bulb once established. Height: 2m. Available from GardenPost.
Lilium 'Apricot Fudge' is a double Asiatic lily whose petals are shorter than many lilies; the blooms have an almost tufted appearance, with the stamens and anthers held well above the petals. This form, along with its creamy, apricot colouring, makes it an eye-catching feature for garden beds and containers and a great cut flower too. Available from NZ Bulbs.
Helleborus orientalis 'White Tutu' produces ruffled white double flowers with dark mauve speckles from late winter to early spring. A vigorous and easy-to-grow plant, it grows well in full to dappled shade in moist but well-drained soil. Grows 50cm high by 60cm wide. Available from garden retailers nationwide.
Rosa 'Chance of Peace' is a modern twist on an old favourite. Soft yellow blooms with a hint of pink on the outer petals stand out on rich green foliage. A Hybrid Tea, the flowers possess a light fragrance, with plants growing to 1m high. Available from Matthews Roses and selected garden centres.
Rosa 'Scent by an Angel' is a tall, upright, vigorous grower with clusters of blooms in a blend of magenta, violet and pink. The deeply perfumed flowers are repeat flowering over summer. Released by Rasmussens Nursery and available from garden retailers nationwide.
WAKE ROBIN NURSERY
Lathyrus latifolius 'Red Pearl' is a perennial sweet pea with heavy trusses of bright pink-red flowers throughout summer. Though it lacks a scent, it's a beautiful climber for a sunny spot, and it's long stems make it an excellent cut flower. Available from Wake Robin Nursery.
Sweet Pea 'Triple G' produces beautiful self-colour, navy blue flowers in spring. As with other spring-flowering sweet peas, the seeds should be sown in pots in winter and kept sheltered until germinated. Once growth is established, transplant into the garden. Bred by Dr Keith Hammett. Seeds available from NZ Bulbs.
BLUE MOUNTAIN NURSERIES
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' has year-round interest in the garden. It has vibrant red-orange and yellow stems during winter, small white flowers in summer and light lemon leaves in autumn. A bushy shrub to 1m high, it's best grown in sun to part shade and moist soils. Available from Blue Mountain Nurseries.
- NZ Gardener