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Ladybrook Nursery’s top 3 midsummer flowering herbaceous perennials

What are the perfect midsummer flowering herbaceous perennials for a typical English garden? Well, it’s difficult to say: a lot depends on the aspect of the garden, the soil type and the garden’s location. It’s also difficult to make any definitive recommendation because the beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. However, we’re quite confident nailing our colours to the mast in this instance, and can confidently say our 3 favourite midsummer flowering perennials are Rudbeckia black-eyed Susan, Hemerocallis and Helenium.

Rudbeckia black-eyed Susan ‘Indian Summer’

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Rudbeckia is part of the Asteraceae family and can be grown as annuals, biennials or rhizomatous herbaceous perennials. Rudbeckia black-eyed Susan is an easy-to- grow perennial with pinnately divided leaves and large yellow daisy-like flower-heads surrounding a prominent central purple/black conical disk.

  • Deciduous/ columnar/ upright
  • Partial shade to full sun
  • Suitable for most moderately fertile moist, but well-drained, loam or clay soils. Rudbeckias are generally drought-tolerant and disease-resistant.
  • Height: 05 – 1 metre
  • Spread: up 0.5 metres
  • Ideally suited for flower borders and beds and cottage gardens, but best when planted en masse

Heleniums

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Heleniums, or sneezewort, are hardy, easy-to- grow, colourful and tolerant perennial plants. They will continue to produce flowers throughout the summer months attracting a variety of pollinating insects. Heleniums are generally unaffected by most diseases and pests, though, like most plants they are prone to slug and snail damage in early spring.

Heleniums come in a variety of colours from yellow to orange and red through to dark red. They produce daisy-like flower-heads which surround a prominent lime-green to brown conical disk.

  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Botanica name: Helenium
  • Flowering time: June to October
  • Height: 0.5 to 1 metre (depending on variety)
  • Spread: 0.1 to 0.5 metres (depending on variety)
  • Aspect: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil type: will grow in most soils as long as they do not dry out

Hemerocallis

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Also known as the Daylily, Hemerocallis is an elegant upright perennial plant which produces trumpet-like blooms throughout the summer months. The flower booms are short-lived (hence the name daylily) but if the plant is planted in a sunny aspect it will continue producing flowers throughout the summer months.

Perennial

  • Flowers early to late summer (late May to August)
  • Planting time Spring or autumn (April, late September and October)
  • Height and spread Up to 1.5m (5ft) by 90cm (3ft)
  • Will grow in most aspects from full sun to partial shade; avoid planting in heavy shade or in borders that tend to dry out in summer
  • Will thrive in fertile, well-drained soil, but will tolerate poorer soil and clay.
  • Hardiness Fully hardy
  • Easy to grow; do not need training or staking, and do not require deadheading, though this will improve their appearance.

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