Perfect for Pottering
July brings long, warm days that continue late into the evening - perfect for pottering in the garden after work and making the most of the good weather… here are a few things to consider:
Cut back faded perennial plants to keep borders tidy. As your penstemon flowers fade, cut them back to just above a bud to encourage more flowers.
Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and foliage and will revive the display. Make sure that you feed your baskets well after doing this.
Cut back hardy geraniums and delphiniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage new growth and further blooms.
Prune wisteria now. Just remove the whippy side-shoots from the main branch framework to about 20cm from their base (about five leaves from the main stem).
Prune lupins to encourage further flowers. If you need to prune your deciduous magnolia, now’s the best time to do it.
Divide clumps of bearded Iris so they have time to form roots and flower buds for next year before the cold weather arrives.
Take cuttings from your favourite tender plants for overwintering indoors. Cuttings can also still be taken from shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
Deadhead bedding plants and perennial plants to stop them self-seeding and to encourage further flowering.
Deadhead your roses to keep them looking tidy. Leave the flowers in place if your rose produces attractive hips (seed pods).
Deadhead sweet peas regularly to keep them blooming. Water daily in dry weather.
Capture seed heads from dandelions and other weeds. Collect them before they get a chance to release their seeds and spread throughout your garden.
Keep an eye out for pests on plants, early treatment is best.
Stop rust damaging hollyhock foliage by pruning out affected leaves and/or spraying with a fungicide.
Look out for clematis wilt. Symptoms include wilting leaves and black discolouration on the leaves and stems. Cut out all affected material and dispose of it in your household waste.