Whether evergreen or deciduous, all shrubs are useful at providing structure and interest in the garden.
Shrubs with dark foliage, such as Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’, can work particularly well as a backdrop to many herbaceous perennials for a contemporary look, so consider this when planning your borders. For inspiration, here are seven of the best midsummer plant combinations.
Here are some of our favourite shrubs that look good in July.
Tough as old boots, buddlejas are great plants to have in the garden. Full sun and well-drained soil is best for them to flourish, and they’ll attract numerous pollinators.
Fully hardy, hebe are robust evergreen shrubs, particularly suited to coastal gardens. Some cultivars, such as ‘Frozen Flame’ have dark purple foliage, while ‘Paula’ (pictured) has large purple blooms.
Cotinus shrubs are commonly known as smoke bushes, due to the fluffy flower plumes that are produced in the summer months. Hard prune annually to produce large, dramatic foliage, or allow it to grow to the size of a small tree.