The summer’s heat is not the best time for cutting garden flowers. But our hedges are still profuse with blossom. Why not bring the outdoors in to create a mood? Choose blues, purples and whites for a cool setting, or reds, oranges and yellows for warmth.
- Plumbago (auriculata)
- This evergreen shrub is native to South Africa. Its name derives from the Latin word for ‘lead’ and it is thought to cure lead poisoning. Otherwise known as cape leadwort, it grows everywhere in Bermuda – up trellises, in containers, in hedges and borders. While some plants produce white flowers, most bloom in blue – from pale to sky blue shades. Cut plumbago flowers look attractive in a clear vase, their petals harmonising with their bright green stems and leaves.
- Thunbergia (grandiflora)
- Commonly known as blue trumpet vine, these lavender blue flowers look great on their own in a vase or mixed with plumbago.
- Hibiscus & Frangipani Petals
- Floating petals add a touch of magic to table settings. Fill a bowl or container with water and place cut petals on the water’s surface. Experiment by mixing all the hibiscus colours for vibrancy. Or restrict your choice to just one variety – creamy frangipani petals, for example. For a romantic touch in the evening, add floating candles to the arrangement.
- Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and six inches apart for direct planting. Plant seedlings deep enough for the soil to reach the first green leaf. If planting in rows make them one foot apart. Keep well watered.
- Marigolds are easy to plant and care for. As well as adding colour to your garden, they act as an effective pest deterrent. Plant in a location with full sun. Sprinkle seeds and cover with a thin layer of soil. Water regularly – do not let soil dry out. When seedlings are a few inches tall, thin them so they’re 2 feet apart.