July Garden Jobs for the Best Summer Garden
Summertime gardening is one of the best times of the year with lots of colour and thriving plants, as well as lots of jobs to keep you busy outside, so you can soak up the sunshine. Use our July garden jobs to give you a helping hand in what to get done this month.
1. Cut lavender for drying
Lavender is a wonderfully fragrant plant that is a must-have in an English garden. Over July cut some newly opened flowers, as they provide the best fragrance, from your lavender plant and hang them upside down in a cool, dry place. Once dried, you can use your dried lavender to make lavender bags, to help you sleep, or to make flower displays in your home. You can find out more about the benefits of lavender here.
2. Cut back early summer perennials
Early summer perennials such as geraniums and delphiniums will have already flowered this season, but you can encourage a second flush by cutting them back once they have flowered. A good guide for knowing how far to cut back is to remove the dead flower heads and cut back to just below the flower stems, or wherever you can see new shoots emerging.
3. Regularly tend to your summer bedding plants
Over the summer you want to ensure your bedding plants continue to look as good as possible, especially as you will be able to host summer garden parties this year. Regularly tend to your bedding plants, whether they are in beds, containers, or baskets, by ensuring you feed, water and deadhead them over July.
If you’re looking for a colourful bedding plant to add to your displays this July, why not try the Osteospermum Purple Sun!
4. Take cuttings of tender perennials to propagate them
Begin thinking of which plants you may want to propagate ready for next year, and take cuttings of those tender perennials. It’s a good idea to take cuttings of your plants as a safety precaution before the winter, especially if your perennials aren’t in moveable pots or containers. Once you have taken your cuttings, you can either pot them now, so they establish sufficient roots to survive the winter, or save your cuttings to plant next spring when the weather is warmer.
5. Add plants that are Perfect for Pollinators
Here at Golden Valley Plants, we love plants that are great for pollinators, so we take any chance to add them to our gardens. In July you will begin to see a lot of garden butterflies looking for nectar-rich plants to feed on, so why not try planting some Scabiosa Mariposa Blue which is a favourite plant for butterflies.
6. Feed and water sweet peas often
Sweet peas are a wonderful addition to any garden and are perfect for taking cuttings to make bouquets in your home. To prolong their flowering try to remember to pick your sweet pea flowers every 2-3 days and remove any seed pods. It is always a good idea to treat them to a feed now and then, on top of their regular watering.
7. Look after your hanging baskets frequently
Just like your bedding plants and bedding displays, your hanging baskets will need some care and attention as they continue to grow over the summer. Feed your hanging baskets regularly and cut back any tired growth to keep your display tidy and to give it a new lease of life over July.
8. Keep an eye out for lily beetles
Lily beetles are scarlet beetles with black heads that eat the leaves, flowers, and seed pods of plants in the lily family. In July, these beetles are at their peak so keep an eye out. As soon as you spot one simply pick them off and crush them, but make sure you have some newspaper under your plants to catch them as they will fall to the ground at the slightest touch.