Flowering in June

Jul 1, 2021 | All Posts, June


The Astrantias are like stellar explosions, perfect for highlighting the shady area under my rhododendron hedge (zone 1 on my garden map: “Up Front” – click “Map of the Garden” below).

I chose Astrantia Roma (I was proposed to in Rome) though there are many varieties from blood red / black to purples, pinks, delicate pastels and white.


cut flowers astrantias

I think Astrantias are dazzling doers and great self-seeders.  Astrantias will keep flowering throughout summer, without needing a lot of attention.

Deadhead regularly if you dont want them to seed, otherwise you could collect seed and plant on.

Once they are finished flowering, cut them back close to ground level and they will come back better than ever quite quickly.


Although Astrantias dont spread out, they do bush up so are great for dividing by springtime.

Astrantias make pretty cut flowers and are effective as dried flowers in displays.

Pollinators bees astrantias

Astrantias: the run-down

Foliage:  Desciduous

Growth:  Upto 100cm

Flowers:  Spring & Summer

Position:  Partial shade / shade

Conditions:  Well drained & moist

Pests:  Look out for snails, slugs and aphids

Care:  Deadhead regulary, water regularly



The Calendulas have been giving me joy for the last month.  Strategically positioned outside my kitchen window, the vibrant orange and and abundance of flowers have cheered me up no end.  I love the colour orange, but find it tricky to place in a planting scheme.  However this pot of sunshine has spurred me on to use more orange in future.

Calendula marigold
Calendula marigold pot

Calendulas, commonly known as marigolds are traditional cottage garden plants, in shades of yellow and orange.  Calendulas were traditionally used for medicinal and cooking purposes.  The plant is thought to aid the immune system and is used in a variety of cosmetics.

Calendulas grow in free draining soil in full sun or partial shade.  Deadhead regularly for more fresh blooms.

Pollinators love calendula and they are known to draw away aphids from neighbouring plants, so get them in your veggie patch!

Calendula marigolds

Calendula: the run-down

Type:  Hardy annual

Growth:  Upto 75cm

Flowers:  May – October

Position:  Full sun

Conditions:  Well drained, poor soil

Pests: Attracts pollinators, insects and aphids

Care:  Deadhead regularly

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