Monday, 30 November -0001

Top Tips for summer gardening

The sun is shining so it's time to get your garden looking tip top

1. Make notes and take photos
If you are not happy with your garden and want to make changes, then it is best to do that in the autumn and winter. So enjoy your garden this summer, make notes about all the things that you are happy with and of course include all the things that you are not so happy about. Take photos to remind you of where plants are and what colours they are. You could make a scrapbook either digital or actual of all the things that you would like to do.

2. Visit other people's gardens
If you are stuck for inspiration then visit other gardens. Check out the National Gardens Scheme website and find some local gardens that you can visit, it is always a good idea to see what grows well locally and you can sometimes buy plants from the garden owners.

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3. Deadhead flowering annuals and perennials
To extend the life of your garden and keep it looking good all summer make sure that you deadhead your annuals and perennials when the blooms fade. That way the plants will perform for longer and extend the colour in your summer garden.

4. Grasses are good
If you want to find some plants that really extend the season and give you colour, texture and movement well into the autumn then consider using grasses. They are such a good way of adding autumn interest to a tired garden.

5. Right plant – right place
Never be tempted to grow plants that are wrong for your garden, they will not thrive and may possibly die. Analyse your own garden and find out what type of soil you have and ask yourself if it is shady or sunny before you go shopping for plants!


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