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  • Summer can still throw out a few surprises – make sure tall plants and climbers are well supported in case of bad weather.

  • Water at dusk to reduce evaporation and use mulch to retain moisture around plants.

  • Terracotta pots are prone to evaporation so dampen the pot down to keep roots inside cool and damp.

  • Regularly deadhead bedding and perennial plants to encourage new blooms for as long as possible.In the flower garden:

  • Cut back geraniums to encourage new growthut 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 you that 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.

  • Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants.

  • 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 flowers 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.

  • July is a good time to spray ground elder, bindweed and other persistent weeds with a glyphosate-based weed killer as the plants now have lots of leaf surface area with which to absorb it.




SOURCE: Thomspon-Morgan


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