At this time of year the garden should be looking at its best, with plenty of colour and interest. Warm sunny evenings allow plenty of time in which to enjoy the garden.
Although there are plenty of jobs to do this month, these can be undertaken at a more leisurely pace.
- Make sure birds have water in dry spells.
- Cut back whippy growths on wisteria.
- Deadhead roses, peonies, pansies etc.
- Cut back early flowering herbaceous plants when they’ve finished flowering.
- Prune shrubs that flowered in early summer.
- Take half-ripe cuttings of shrubs such as cistus, lavatera, viburnum.
- Trim conifer hedges and take cuttings.
- Divide bearded irises.
- Disbud dahlias to get larger blooms.
- Keep new and young plants well watered during the summer, but use water wisely.
- Watch out for pests and diseases.
- Feed and water all plants in containers regularly.
- Plant autumn-flowering bulbs.
- Transplant seedlings of biennials sown earlier.
- Water vegetables regularly.
- Continue pinching out growing tips of runner beans when they reach the tops of their canes.
- Lift new potatoes, onions and garlic.
- Pick raspberries and currants.
- Keep greenhouses well ventilated, and damp down regularly.
- Last chance to fill any gaps in beds and borders with bedding.
There are also some lovely gardens to visit at this time of year.
Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Cranborne Manor, Wimborne, Dorset
Painswick Rococo Garden, Stroud, Gloucestershire