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July is a good time to do some pruning of taller conifers, such as this Thuja occidentalis 'Barabit's Gold', or some of the Chamaecyparis lawsoniana varities, as well as hedging Thuja plicata.

Pruning should not go back into old wood where there are no shoots attached to the stems, but in order to keep these specimens under control and semi-formal it is necessary for us to prune - at least every other year.

Hand shears are fine, or extended loppers - or if you have a lot to do as we do, battery powered extended trimmers do the trick, such as these expertly handled by Will. (See Adrian Bloom's 'Gardening with Conifers' book for more detail on pruning.)
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River of 'Rozanne' flowing freely even after 15 years! This is a 'river' of perhaps 60 or 70 plants of Geranium 'Rozanne', which Bressingham Gardens introduced in 2000 when the planting of our Summer Garden began. The original couple who discovered this plant, Rozanne and Donald Waterer, sadly no longer with us, would have been delighted.

Flowers will continue from now until Nov, though we may cut older flowers back in Aug.

Although there are many in this dramatic planting, even one plant can make a difference. Still a good time to plant - but soak and water regularly to get it growing in your garden. Pretty good in a container too. Available from our nursery. http://bit.ly/2Y2jxWIRozanne
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Have you been on the Foggy Bottom trail yet?

Unless you go to the United States, where there is a place called ‘Foggy Bottom’ in Virginia, Bressingham Gardens is the place to walk the trail. It does also get foggy at certain times of the year in this special garden!

When you come to the gardens you will see a map on a signpost. Follow some (at times semi-hidden...) markers to Foggy Bottom and, 11 acres of garden behind you, you arrive at the Foggy Bottom entrance - where a wealth of mature conifers, trees and shrubs from all over the world add a backdrop to ornamental grasses and perennials.
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This surely deserves a ‘wow factor’ number 9, if not 10! This is rose campion, Lychnis coronaria, probably ‘Atrosanguinea’.

Not all planting is carefully planned in Foggy Bottom as some seeding is allowed to go on, and we’re glad we left this clump to make such a display. Even the camera was shocked into not being able to grasp the edges of the brilliant absorbing colour of the flowers.

Lychnis coronaria needs full sun/part shade, good drainage. Will seed but does not spread.
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Plant combination of the month?

This is a stunning combination created by Adrian Bloom, perfect for July. From bottom to top: Helenium ‘Wyndley’, one of the shortest-stemmed cultivars; Ageratina altissima ‘Chocolate’ is very much underrated for the foliage effect it can offer all summer – you’ll see it planted widely in the gardens at Bressingham; and of course the classic scarlet flowers of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, introduced by Alan Bloom on the nursery back in 1966. More information and purchase from our nursery at https://www.thebressinghamgardens.com/shop/
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