July is often one of the hottest months of the year so is a great time to enjoy your outdoor living space. Here’s seven top tips for successful summer gardening this month.
1. It’s important to keep your seasonal bedding containers and hanging baskets watered daily with additional liquid feed once a week.
2. Dead-heading is an important job from this month on. Regular removal of faded and finished flowers will encourage additional flowering, more side shoots and a longer lasting plant.
3. Annual weeds will appear from nowhere when the light levels and conditions are so good for growth. Keep on top of them by regularly hoeing through your planted borders.
4. Blanket weed and duck weed pose a problem during the summer so regular clearing of the build up in your pond and water feature will ensure that the pond does not get choked up causing the pumps to block. Rake off the surface with a spring rake of fine gauge net.
5. Check plants such as clematis for early signs of clematis wilt. Ensure that the roots are shaded by a pot or some mulch to keep cool.
6. Roses tend to suffer from black spot and aphids attack regularly. Treat with a fungicide or soapy water to ensure that the flowers are spoilt.
Finally while sitting out enjoying your hard work it’s time to look through your bulb catalogues to prepare your orders ready for planting during late summer to early autumn for next year.
Our recommended plant this month is the achillea ‘Walther Funckle’, a free flowering herbaceous plant that if dead-headed regularly will flower for the next 4 weeks. It will also double up as a good dried flower for your indoor arrangements.
Cover photo: Derek Harper [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons