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Tom's Top 10 Plants for July: Embrace the Summer Blooms


As the summer sun shines bright and gardens burst with vibrant colors, it's the perfect time to celebrate the top 10 plants for July. Tom, our resident gardening expert, has handpicked a selection of beautiful plants that flourish during this month. From classic favorites to unique varieties, these plants are sure to bring joy and charm to your garden. Let's explore Tom's top picks for July: roses, delphiniums, phlox, Crocosmia, Echinacea, hydrangea, lavender, Buddleja, Hebe, and Choisya.

  1. Roses: No garden is complete without the timeless elegance of roses. July is the peak season for these majestic blooms. With their diverse colors, fragrances, and varieties, roses add romance and beauty to any landscape. From hybrid teas to climbers and shrub roses, there is a rose for every garden style.

  2. Delphiniums: Known for their stunning spires of flowers, delphiniums are a favorite among gardeners. Their tall, majestic blooms in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white create a striking focal point in any garden. These showstoppers are perfect for creating a cottage garden or adding vertical interest to borders.

  3. Phlox: Phlox varieties like Phlox paniculata are renowned for their sweet fragrance and beautiful clusters of flowers. Their vibrant hues, ranging from white and pink to lavender and magenta, make them a delightful addition to summer gardens. Phlox thrives in full sun and attracts butterflies, making it a perfect choice for pollinator-friendly landscapes.

  4. Crocosmia: With their fiery orange, red, and yellow flowers, Crocosmia plants bring a touch of tropical warmth to the garden. These summer-blooming perennials produce elegant arching stems adorned with graceful blooms. Crocosmia's sword-like foliage adds texture and structure to borders and container plantings.

  5. Echinacea: Echinacea, commonly known as coneflowers, are hardy and drought-tolerant plants that bloom abundantly in July. Their vibrant daisy-like flowers in shades of purple, pink, and white attract butterflies and bees, making them excellent pollinator plants. Echinacea's long-lasting blooms make them perfect for cut flower arrangements too.

  6. Hydrangea: Hydrangeas are synonymous with summer, and July is when these enchanting shrubs display their full glory. Their large, showy flower heads in shades of blue, pink, and white are a sight to behold. Hydrangeas thrive in partial shade and can be grown as specimen plants or in mass plantings, adding a touch of elegance to any garden.

  7. Lavender: With its soothing fragrance and lovely purple flowers, lavender is a must-have plant for July. This versatile herb is known for its aromatic properties, culinary uses, and its ability to attract bees and butterflies. Lavender thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, making it perfect for rock gardens, borders, or containers.

  8. Buddleja: Buddleja, also known as butterfly bush, lives up to its name by attracting a multitude of butterflies with its nectar-rich flowers. These shrubs bloom in July and come in various shades of purple, pink, and white. Buddleja's arching branches and long-lasting blooms make it a fantastic addition to wildlife gardens.

  9. Hebe: Hebes are evergreen shrubs that provide year-round interest, but they truly shine in July when they burst into colorful flower clusters. Their compact size and low maintenance nature make them ideal for small gardens, borders, or containers. Hebes come in a range of flower colors, including purple, pink, blue, and white.

  10. Choisya: Also known as Mexican orange blossom, Choisya is an evergreen shrub with glossy, aromatic leaves and fragrant white flowers. In July, these shrubs produce a profusion of blooms that attract bees and other pollinators. Choisya's compact habit makes it suitable for smaller gardens or as part of a mixed border.


July offers a bountiful display of vibrant blooms, and Tom's top 10 plant choices are sure to enhance the beauty of your garden. From the classic charm of roses and lavender to the stunning spires of delphiniums and the captivating colors of hydrangeas, each plant brings its own unique appeal. Whether you're seeking fragrance, color, or wildlife attraction, these top 10 plants for July are excellent choices for a flourishing summer garden. Happy gardening!