Your garden should be full of growth and blooms this month. So if it's long-lasting, abundant blooms you're aiming for this summer, keep reading for tips to keep the show going! Now we're well into summer, you should hopefully have more time to enjoy your garden
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Pots and borders
Remove dead flowers from tall perennials such as delphiniums
. This will encourage them to flower again this year.
Fill any gaps in your borders and pots with plants that provide instant colour. Pot grown lilies
and marguerite daisies are all suitable gap fillers and great late summer performers.
Brighten the garden up with a few extra planted pots! This is especially effective close to the patio or terrace but can be impressive if you only have a balcony
- Some perennials such as Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla mollis can be too successful and may seed themselves everywhere. To limit their spread, remove the flowers as soon as they fade so that seeds cannot form.
The sprawling Bellflower
is an excellent plant for areas where other plants struggle. However, it too can be invasive – this time spreading by underground runners.
Trees, shrubs and other perennials
- All lime-hating plants, either in pots or in the garden, will reward you next spring if you regularly feed them now. This month is when next year’s flower buds form, so be sure they don’t go short of food and water.
- Check susceptible varieties of plants for vine weevil damage. Half circle notches out of the edges of leaves are common at this time of year and are caused by the nocturnal adults. Likely plants to show symptoms are Viburnum, Heuchera, Euonymus, Bergenia, Camellia, Rhododendron, strawberry and Fuchsia. If any damage is present, treat with natural nematode predators - water them around the roots where the grubs cause the greatest damage.
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blooms as they fade. Most will grow new small flowers further down the stem. Leave a few to produce seeds for the birds in winter.
and hardy geraniums
back hard when they get scruffy. Within a very short time, they will produce new fresh-looking leaves and perhaps some flowers too.
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Lawns and flower meadows
Ponds and wildlife
Check the water level in ponds and water features regularly. Ponds can lose a lot of water through evaporation. Top up if necessary.
Thin out oxygenating weeds so that they occupy around a third of the water volume.
Look out for dragonflies and damselflies this month. Your pond should be full of life at this time of the year.
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