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Summer The lazy days of Summer are what gardens are meant for... If you prepared well in Spring, you should be able to sit back and enjoy your garden come the Summer months. There’s less work to do - it’s really a time for nurturing and maintenance, a time of feeding, watering, pruning and dead-heading to ensure that your garden keeps looking at its best, and that any crops you have sown deliver a bountiful harvest. Although there’s still work to do - make time to really enjoy your garden and the wildlife it attracts at this time of year. A great many plants are at their showiest during the summer months - a few of our favourites include...

Dahlias, Sunflowers, Fuschias, Petunias, Geraniums and Passionflowers

Feed and water fruit, vegetables, containers and baskets. Plant out tender vegetables and Summer bedding plants.

July

Prune hedges now that birds have finished nesting.

A quick guide to dead-heading roses. Roses are an iconic garden flower and they benefit from regular dead-heading. In the case of roses you can dead-head for more flowers, or to encourage a more pleasing shape to your plant – the two techniques are different and here we’re concentrating on deadheading to promote flowering – we’ll write about plant shaping on another occasion.

Always make dead-heading and pruning cuts to roses at an angle of about 45 degrees – this will ensure that rain and water cannot sit on the wound and cause rot.

Encourage new flowers by dead-heading regularly. If it’s dry, raise mower blades to keep grass longer, and greener!

Dead-head well and you’ll be rewarded with lots more flower buds and ultimately more beautiful roses!

August

Prune wisteria to encourage new flowering spurs for next year.

‘Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability’

Sam Keen

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Removing fading flowers by dead-heading encourages your plants to continue flowering to attract pollinators – which means that you can continue to enjoy more beautiful flowers and great looking plants. While dead-heading isn’t complicated, it is important to use the right technique for the type of plant you’re working on and the right tools for the job, which include fingers, horticultural scissors and secateurs.

Take hold of a faded bloom, follow its stem to the node where it joins the parent stem – make sure that this stem doesn’t contain any buds that are yet to flower, and then cut it off with a sharp pair of secateurs.

Lift and divide overgrown clumps of bulbs.

Keep your fruit and vegetable plants supported as necessary to avoid damage.

The floral displays that we enjoy in our gardens are part of our plants’ reproductive cycle. To produce seeds for the next generation, plants need to attract pollinators such as bees - once pollinated the flower’s task is complete and they fade away - the plant then puts all of its energy into seed development and even the foliage can start to wilt.

Rose blooms that are passed their best are easy to identify, and it’s a good idea to dead-head them before they drop their petals and make the garden look untidy.

June

Prune Summer-flowering shrubs once flowering is finished.

Prolong your display...

You’ll find lots more information about the different techniques needed for a range of different plants, including Petunias, Begonias and Pelargoniums in the BPN Prime section of our website at www.bypassnurseries.co.uk/bpn-prime-archive/

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