I have been running around like a headless chicken, stopping to admire the garden for a snatched half hour here and there before rushing off again. So I need a July garden that can look after itself a bit. Here are some of my favourites.
Hemerocallis is great for this type of relaxed gardening in all its many manifestations. Once the first clump is established, the great big strappy leaves will push out wherever they feel comfortable. Getting a clump established can be a little tricky if your sparrows find it - an upturned hanging basket helps.
Deadheading helps - but only for cosmetic reasons in the UK - they are essentially sterile here.
My Monarda doesn't need staking either, though it does benefit from a good drink if the weather is really dry, and I wouldn't grow it on sand. Monarda can be eaten by slugs - eggshells are generally good enough though, or you could let your first plant establish in a well watered pot before planting it out.
It's my first year of growing Lysimachia Clethroides and it is romping away. The flowers are all over the place but I rather like that - no wonder it's called the Gooseneck Loosestrife. My plant is in a shady spot and still it is rather invasive. I wouldn't plant it without a spade handy to chop it down again if it escapes.
The other roses are "resting", but this one - Gentle Hermione - is back in flower this week. I'm more than happy to see her.
And another new entry this month is my Hydrangea Aspera. The showy white flowers are sterile and no use for the insects, but the purple fuzz is lovely for hovver flies. It's also pretty maintenance free which is a joy.
Don't get carried away though with the idea of a maintenance free garden. Can you see the paving slabs in there? No me neither, and somehow I will have to cut a path back to the house. Happy gardening.