August garden plant maintenance

August garden plant maintenance in Wokingham and Maidenhead

Berkshire and surrounding areas

Summery foxgloves

August! Meteorologically, it’s the last full month of summer (yes, already!). It’s the favourite month for holidays and even in Britain, these days, there’s usually a sunny beach to relax on. But – what about the garden and the vegetable plot? If you’ve spent hours in your garden, feeding and nurturing your plants, spending evenings (or early mornings, of course) watering them, a spell of really dry, hot weather can spoil it all. This would be a good time to call Gardeneer as they have teams of gardeners who would be happy to look after the garden whilst you are away..

In the meantime, if you have a greenhouse, perhaps young plants should be moved out into into a partially shaded area of the garden. Plants in the greenhouse can get very hot and dry out, especially young plants in small pots.

The five-day weather forecast could help as it would give you an idea of the weather to be expected during your holiday and, if rain is not mentioned for the first few days, water heavily before leaving, especially the roots of any new plants and shrubs.

Some colourful flowers for summer are herbaceous perennials as they return every year, are tolerant of partial shade and are easy to grow. Geraniums and Geums look lovely together.

Grasses look really decorative with many plants, for instance Deschampsia with a late flowering Allium sphaerocephalon and Achillea or Dierama pulcherrimum (otherwise known as angel’s fishing rod) with Agapanthus.

A summer cottage garden is lovely with a mix of Foxgloves and Delphiniums and if you like drama in your borders, try Gaillardia “Dazzler”: its flowers are large and daisy-like, orange/fiery red with yellow rings! Gaillardias like hot dry sites to thrive properly, so are perfect for that hot dry border you have been trying to fill. And while we’re looking at hot colours, Crocosmia “Lucifer” takes some beating! This reliable perennial has sword-like foliage with long wiry flowering stems which bear brilliant flame-red flowers –ideal as cut flowers and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

So enjoy the rest of the summer – autumn is only just around the corner!

Jobs for August

  • Consider cutting hedges for the final time this year, especially Leylandii which can grow into the late summer

  • Rambling roses can be pruned after flowering – thin and shorten shoots and cut out one in three stems at their base, concentrating on the older stems to encourage new stems to grow and replace them.

  • Lightly trim any Lavender to keep it compact

  • Cut back hardy herbaceous Geraniums to encourage a late summer/early autumn flowering

  • Continue dead-heading throughout your garden to prolong flowering

  • If there is plenty of rainfall, fertilise your lawn. To help your grass beat any heat and to reduce lawn maintenance, keep your lawn mower blade on the highest setting.

We hope you have enjoyed the August gardening tips from Gardeneer