In early summer, gardens can fall into a lull – the spring bulbs have faded and many herbaceous perennials are still to bloom. But there are options to fill the gap, ensuring your beds and containers are full of colour and scent. Bees and other pollinators will thank you for it, too, as this can be a time when nectar is scarce.
Add a glittering splash of blue to a sunny corner with annual cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus). A favourite of butterflies and bees, the flowers are edible, and make a pretty garnish for salads and cakes. As well as blue, cornflowers come in jewelled colours, such as amethyst, raspberry red and deep maroon, plus pastel shades.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
‘I'm always shocked to remember I'm in MY SIXTIES!'
Ruth Langsford on her career accomplishments and why she’s now happy to enjoy the simpler things in life
It was an expensive gift – but could it buy her forgiveness?
It was going to be a romantic weekend and she’d packed all she needed – hadn’t she?
Is Andria the world's best TEACHER?
Amazing Andria Zafirakou has devoted her life to supporting and inspiring children in her classroom
Younger-Looking Skin In 30 Days!
Try these expert tricks, stick with them for a month, and reap visible rewards
Coping with INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS
This bladder condition causes long-term pelvic pain and problems peeing
Saving our HISTORY
Three women have fought to rescue historic properties, landmarks and public buildings so their stories may be enjoyed by future generations
Back to SCHOOL
A life-changing idea was taking shape in the most unexpected way
Here to help
Let counsellor Keren lighten your load
My summer clothes have shrunk. But how?
This week’s columnist: Author Amanda Prowse
It’s flower season! We’re celebrating with six beautiful blooms that heal.
Examining the Attributes of Various Twin Forms
Heirloom From An Angel
I had plenty of stories about my family’s roots. What I didn’t have was something tangible
The Joy of Flowers
Transplant rebirths an abandoned home and acreage into a flower wonderland
Aleah Chapin: Over The Edge
Aleah Chapin welcomes viewers into a world marked by “edges and in betweens” in her latest exhibition at Flowers Gallery.
Easy Ways To Dry Flowers
Create everlasting bouquets and decorations by preserving summer blooms.
Wyoming's Wild Side
Three must-see stops within Grand Teton National Park.
The State Of Monarchs
Explore the silver lining of butterflies in limbo.
The Golden Birds
Bring bright, thistle-loving beauties to your backyard.
Perfectly Imperfect Plumage
Discover why birds develop surprising and irregular feather colors.