In The Flower Garden This July

Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and foliage and will revive the display. Make sure you feed your baskets well after doing this.

As your penstemon flowers fade, cut them back to just above a bud to encourage more flowers.

Cut back faded perennial plants to keep borders tidy.

Keep an eye on your newly-bloomed hydrangeas for hydrangea scale, a sap-sucking insect that can affect growth.

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.

Keep an eye out for pests on plants, early treatment is best.

Deadhead sweet peas regularly to keep them blooming. Water daily in dry weather.

Top Tip:

Regularly deadhead bedding and perennial plants to encourage new blooms for as long as possible.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Water plants if dry daily, but be water-wise.
  • Deadhead bedding plants and flowering perennials.
  • Clear algae, blanket weed and debris from ponds.
  • Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed.
  • Plant second cropping potatoes now to give you new potatoes for Christmas.