Summer is fast approaching. Days are getting hotter, and the sun is out for longer, so now is the time to prepare. It’s time to plant for Christmas and the coming warmer months.
This is a great time of the year for entertaining friends and family, so you want your garden to be inviting and looking its absolute best. With the holidays on the way, some effort now, will ensure that your garden and living areas are looking bright, colourful and healthy for the festive season. That way you can focus on what’s truly important… your loved ones.
The Flower Garden
This is a good time to plant annual summer flowers such as alyssum, celosia, cosmos, gerbera, impatiens, lobelia, nasturtium, marigold, petunia, phlox, portulaca and zinnia.
You’ll also want to plant up your pots, containers and hanging baskets. When you do, ensure you always use a premium quality potting mix and be sure to water pots and hanging baskets regularly. As they tend to dry out quicker this time of the year.
Ideal plants for baskets and pots in summer include geraniums, cape daisies, impatiens, petunias, and calibrachoas. These beautiful flowers will reward you with bright and colourful summer displays. Feed your plants weekly with a liquid food such as Powerfeed, or a soluble plant food such as Flourish. These are sure to have your flowers blooming all summer long.
Roses are looking fantastic right now. Be sure to fertilise yours with a formulated rose food and watch out for aphids and thrips.
New season’s Hydrangeas are beginning to flower and are excellent spring/summer colour for pots and those shady parts of the garden or entertainment areas where we spend our summer days.
Repot your orchids that have finished flowering.
Remember to mulch your garden beds. This will have the gardens looking great for Christmas and help with water retention and weed control.
For areas with dry summers – check watering systems and complete any maintenance needed before the summer arrives. You might even want to use quality water retention granules or solutions to make the most of every summer drop.