Posted: 4 May 2020
Author: Smith's Garden Centre
That we just don’t know what the weather is going to do! From record breaking high temperatures in February to a deluge of rain in June, who knows what the rest of the year has in store. What does that mean for us gardeners? When you have the chance to be in the garden in July – take it!
Keep on top of maintenance – support climbers and tall plants just in case the wind and rain try their best to wreak havoc. Deadhead – deadhead – deadhead… don’t forget your hanging baskets, a bit of cutting back and attention will help to stimulate more growth and bloom. And adjust your watering regime to suit the needs of your planting and the weather.
Take some photos of your garden – you can really analyse the overall look, identify areas you want to change or spot gaps in your planting. The pictures will help you to plan for future planting or restructuring.
If you want courgettes, not marrows, July is the time to harvest. Apricots, nectarines and peaches should also be ready to pick. Salad potatoes and some potato varieties that are marketed as ‘early’ should be ready to eat, once they’ve flowered. Keep picking (and eating!) your peas and beans to encourage more flowering and seeding.
We are often asked about injecting colour into a garden, and there are many ways you can add colour – aside from the flowers you plant, of course! It all depends on the space you have, and your budget, so here’s some ideas for you.
Have some fun with colour in the garden, and come in and talk to us – we have loads of ideas to share!
There is a huge variety of ornamental grasses available, bringing wonderful colours and textures to your borders. Grasses have come on a long way since the once ubiquitous pampas grass, which having waned in popularity for a good while is making a comeback in gardens. The bonus is that they’re generally pretty easy to grow and maintain! Shorter and less imposing grasses are perfect for edging pathways, in pots, around taller shrubs and bushes to cover the ground and fill gaps.
Combining grasses with hydrangeas is a popular theme at the moment – and there are some amazing varieties of hydrangeas to choose from. Hydrangea ‘Vanilla Fraise’ (heads blending from white to pink), Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’ (pink and blue flowers with chocolate foliage), Hydrangea ‘Double Dutch Edam’ (double flowered densely packed blooms) and Hydrangea Serrata ‘Bluebird’ (dark blue centres with paler blue florets) to name just a few. We’ve got some lovely varieties of ornamental grasses and hydrangeas in stock – come in and we can help you identify some beautiful pairings. And just as you’d have your pets cared for, don’t forget to recruit a garden sitter if you’re off on holiday! Whether it be a neighbour, friend or relative, get them round so you can walk them around and explain what’s required of them whilst you’re away.