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Embrace the season!

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

As the sun graces us with its warm embrace and summer beckons, it's time to get your hands in the soil and transform your garden into a vibrant paradise. If you're in the beautiful county of Kent in the UK (like all of our club members) then, you're in luck! With its favourable climate, Kent offers a wide range of plants that thrive during this time of year.

Let's explore some delightful options to fill your garden with blossoms and fragrant blooms.

  1. Roses: Nothing quite captures the essence of an English garden like roses! Kent's mild climate provides the perfect conditions for these timeless beauties. Consider varieties like David Austin's 'Gertrude Jekyll' or 'Lady Emma Hamilton' for their stunning colors and captivating fragrance.

  2. Lavender: With its calming scent and vibrant purple flowers, lavender is a must-have in any garden. Plant varieties such as 'Hidcote' or 'Munstead' for their compact growth habit and prolonged flowering period. Create a lavender border or use them as focal points to add a touch of charm to your outdoor space.

  3. Dahlias: For a burst of color and a touch of drama, dahlias are a fantastic choice. These bold and diverse flowers come in a range of hues and sizes. Plant dahlia tubers now, and watch as they flourish into magnificent blooms later in the season. Varieties like 'Bishop of Llandaff' or 'Café au Lait' are highly recommended.

  4. Sunflowers: Bring a touch of sunshine to your garden with cheerful sunflowers. These tall and majestic flowers are a favorite among gardeners. Plant sunflower seeds directly in the soil, ensuring they receive plenty of sunlight. Varieties like 'Giant Russian' or 'Autumn Beauty' will add a striking presence to your garden.

  5. Herbs: Enhance your culinary adventures by planting a variety of herbs. Basil, thyme, rosemary, and mint thrive in Kent's warm summer weather. Not only do they add flavour to your dishes, but they also release delightful scents into the air as you brush past them.

Kent's gardeners are fortunate to have a wide selection of plants that flourish in the region's climate. From the elegance of roses to the vibrant hues of dahlias and sunflowers, there's something for every garden enthusiast. Don't forget to create space for fragrant lavender and a collection of useful herbs to enhance your senses and culinary creations. Embrace the season, get your hands dirty, and let your garden bloom into a tapestry of colors and scents that will enchant all who visit.

So, grab your gardening tools, visit your local nurseries or garden centers, and let your imagination run wild as you embark on a journey to create a stunning summer garden in the picturesque landscapes of Kent. Happy planting!

Pro tip: Remember to check specific planting guidelines on your chosen plants, as local conditions can vary within our county, with great diversity of conditions even across Preston, Elmstone & Stourmouth. Check out our next post 'Getting Down and Dirty!' (or Exploring Soil Conditions in Kent) for more information here. Happy planting!

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