Alan Titchmarsh's list of flowers to plant in July that are impossible to kill

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Summer is here, and flowers will be blooming in full force across British gardens. Yet, this season is also the perfect time to plant flowers that will last until autumn.

Alan Titchmarsh from Gardener's World has imparted wisdom on achieving a vibrant garden with minimal labour. He has shared which robust flowers you should plant this month to guarantee success due to their hardy nature.

He said: "While it's good to be challenged, sometimes, it's also essential that we have enough plants in our gardens that are indestructible."

The gardening expert explained the nature of these hardy species, noting: "These are plants that, regardless of the occasional oversight when it comes to watering, pruning or feeding, will grow in spite of us rather than because of us."

With July unfolding, it presents an excellent window for planting, as warm conditions and lengthened daylight hours encourage quick flourishing with little effort required, reports the Express.


Among the steadfast blooms recommended for July planting, primroses emerge as a standout choice. Known for their easy maintenance and charming multi-hued, five-petaled flowers, they resonate strongly with those seeking a gentle gardening challenge.

Alan expresses his fondness for these floral gems, stating: "Who would be without these little beauties? Primroses love sun or shade and will seed themselves about the garden without ever becoming a nuisance."

Adapting well to partially shaded environments in slightly acidic soil, primroses reward gardeners with delightful blooms from June through September.


violet primula with raindrops
violet primula with raindrops

Also, geraniums take pride of place among the resilient, thriving under the generous caress of sunlight and coping well with the heat.

Alan remarked: "Cranesbill geraniums are copper-bottomed ground-cover plants with bright summer flowers that will cope with many inhospitable situations in sun or shade. They die down in winter but spring up afresh each year."

These resilient blooms can flourish even under the challenging conditions of both sun and shade, making them a robust choice for any garden. Notably, when basking in at least six hours of sunlight daily, they put on a particularly impressive display.

Moreover, their presence near vegetable patches is good as they naturally repel pests like cabbage worms.


Bracchyglottis, hailing from New Zealand, are celebrated for their exceptional drought and heat resistance.

Commonly referred to as Senecios or dairy bushes, these plants are adorned with vivid yellow flowers that demand minimal upkeep, making them an ideal addition to any summer garden.

Alan shared: "We used to call it Senecio 'Sunshine' and its bright-yellow daisy flowers carried on the greeny-grey evergreen leaves keep going sporadically into autumn."


Penstemon, also known by the charming name beardtongue, boasts an extended flowering season that can span several months, all while requiring less hydration than other blooming varieties.

Alan explained: "Penstemons bear tall spires of foxglove-like flowers on slender stems and are much tougher than they appear."

These delicate white and pale pink blossoms are adaptable to a range of environments; however, for optimal growth, they should be planted in a location that receives six to eight hours of sunlight per day.


Astrantia, with their unique appearance often likened to a pin cushion, are fondly termed 'Hattie's pincushion' and acclaimed for their lengthy blooming period in gardens. They are also highly beneficial for bumblebees.

Alan explained: "Hattie's pincushion used to be thought of as a herbaceous filler, but with lots of new cultivars that have deep-crimson flowers or flowers with long petals, it has become a great choice for damp soils."

They perform best in shady spots, an advantage that allows them to flourish in areas where other flowers might not. Therefore, they are ideal for planting under trees, beside hedges, or in any garden area that requires a touch of life.