Top tips for summer flowerbeds from our expert gardeners
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Once the spring bulbs and flowers have died back, it's time to put in your summer bedding plants. Hopefully you've been busy this springtime, growing some plants from seed for your beds and borders.
Here at Hampton Court Palace, our gardeners grow and pot-on thousands of plants from seed, ready to plant out for the summer.
See how Greg Leeson and his team swap out spring plants for summer and get some inspirational views of the flower beds at Hampton Court Palace.
Spectacular Dahlias 'Bishop of Canterbury' and 'Dusky Harmony' provide vibrant colours and a range of different flower shapes. Very useful for late summer and early autumn when other plants look tired.
White Cosmos is so easy to grow from seed. Here it lights up this border, combined with fiery Crocosmia, the cool blues Perovskia and Agastache and sweet peas providing height at the back.
Planting from the temporary White Garden at Kensington Palace included pots of white roses and Guara, also known as Bee Blossom.
Cover a wall or fence and add height to the back of a border with a climbing rose. This is Rosa 'Dublin Bay' in the rose garden at Hampton Court Palace.
Spears of tall blue Delphiniums with crimson Knautica macedonia and silvery leaved Verbascum create a colourful combination in this border at Hillsborough Castle.
A wild flower border or mini-meadow will bring an abundance of wildlife to your garden. Red poppies and yellow corn daisies gave a new, natural look to Kensington Palace in 2019.