Crowning glory: Martagon lilies in orange

The Turk's cap lily is one of summer's most exotic blooms and has a scent to match. No wonder it is a firm favourite

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Sambucus racemosa ‘Goldenlocks’

The dependable elderflower will reward you with fast growth, a froth of blooms and maybe even a cool summer drink.

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Luck of the iris

07.07.13

Iris orientalis.

Growing tall and elegant, the iris, with its many colours, can turn your border into a perfect painting for the summer.

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Too much of a good thing: Dan Pearson cutting back the sorrel.

The garden is having its first peak. Roses will never look better, the vegetable garden is becoming fruitful again, and we pray for warm dry weather for the strawberry harvest.

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Eglantines, dog roses and Scotch briars are the untamed flowers that supply the delicate scent for summer

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Self seeders fill empty spaces – and find a home in unlikely places. They are the garden's natural problem solvers

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A late spring, warmth and just enough rain makes a busy period after the garden's first peak. We must ensure more is to come

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Peach, pear, plum and apple blossom make late spring a particularly delicious gardening moment

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