Can you believe we are in July already? Summertime is in full swing and we have just about dried out from the rain of last month. It is well and truly the time to get out in the garden and enjoy it!
Let’s take a look at the jobs you can be doing in your garden this month;
- Sow autumn and winter salads, beetroot, carrots, spring cabbage and peas
- Harvest beans, garlic, peas, shallots, tomatoes and turnips
- Dead head summer bedding plants
- Keep any eye on weeds, they are prolific at the moment
- Feed lawns with a summer feed to keep them looking lush and healthy.
- Trim buxus and feed with a high nitrogen feed
- Move houseplants such as Citrus, Bouganvillea and Mandevilla outdoors
- Cut back herbaceous plants after they have flowered by 2 thirds, now to promote a second flush of growth
- Remove side shoots from tomato plants
- Feed your flowering plants with a seaweed feed to encourage prolific flowering for longer
- Water regularly during dry spells. Keep a particular eye on Conifers and Hydrangea. They are very thirsty plants and require far more watering than some other plants.
This month is about enjoying your outdoor space. A lot of time and effort has been spent this year so far preparing and planting. Now is the time to be enjoying it!
If you are in need of some good garden therapy, why not look at creating a herb garden? You can introduce herbs so easily, simply by incorporating them into borders, or by creating a herb pot. Not only are herbs fantastic for wildlife, they are so easy to care for and smell sensational! A colleague of mine came up with a fantastic suggestion, teapots! If you are like me, a bit of a teapot hoarder, then you are already half way there. These disused vessels will create a fun and quirky look to both your garden and windowsill. It is also a great activity to involve the kids in over the summer holidays.
Some favourites to look out for are;
- Lemon Verbena
- Lemon Balm
- Mint (grapefruit, Chocolate and Apple mints all smell delicious)
This month sees Hydrangea really coming into their own. Most people are surprised to learn that Hydrangea enjoy a shady position. This is one area that is a common problem for many gardeners. So, if this is something you can relate to, then, why not give a Hydrangea a try? Do not be put off by the fear of not having the correct soil type either. There are many wonderful varieties that are not dictated by soil ph. Also, look out for Hydrangea paniculata varieties which have conical shaped flowers, which often change colour as they mature. Hydrangea ‘Vanilla Fraise’ is a particularly nice variety. The flowers open creamy white during the summer, and then as we head into late summer, change into pink. A beautiful addition to any garden.
Don’t forget to keep on top of watering this month! Even if it is the only job you do this month, it is the most important!
Happy Gardening with Hollybeck
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Fraise’
Keep your garden looking summer ready this month with Hollybeck
The Great British summertime is in full swing, and this month is all about enjoying the garden. We have a superb selection of blooming perennials and annuals to add colour where needed.
Needing some instant displays for that BBQ or garden party? Why not take a look at our great selection of hanging baskets and planters all made on site!
Don’t forget indoors too! We have some beautiful houseplants to fill your home with this month also. Bring the outdoors indoors with our extensive selection of foliage, succulent and flowering houseplants.
We have everything you need for a stunning garden this month at Hollybeck.