The sun is out, spring flowers are at their peak, and summer is on its way! With June just around the corner, learn how to keep your garden looking beautiful all-season long with our top 5 essential summer gardening tips.
1. Watch the Weeds!
Weeds can be inevitable, even in the most well-kept gardens. As the weather gets warmer, the weeds come out, but there are ways of deterring them from growing in your garden. We recommend:
Weed after it rains when the soil is moist
There are many types of fertiliser on the market, so make sure to find a fertiliser will work best in your garden. The healthiest gardens use some type of fertiliser because most soil does not provide an adequate amount of nutrients to plants and flowers. A mid-summer application to boost the colour and condition during the hottest months
3. Watering Schedule
The very best time to water plants is in the early morning or late evening, while it is still cool. This will allow the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant without too much excess water lost to evaporation.
4. Pruning Shrubs
Early summer is the time to prune many of the spring-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela. Prune off growth that has just finished flowering down to an outward facing bud, along with any damaged or crossing branches within the shrub, which should be removed either to suitable growth or completely.
5. Finish Planting Annual Bedding Plants
If you didn’t have time to plant out your tender bedding plants in May, there’s still time to get them into the ground or their new containers as soon as you can in June. Make sure to place them in good light, so they do not become drawn and spindly in the shade.
Throughout summer, regular deadheading will keep them looking fresh and neat and you will quickly realise what brilliant value for money bedding plants are.Have a happy, flower-filled summer.
Small urban gardens can be overlooked by other houses, which means privacy can be rare. To prevent neighbours being able to see into your garden or to just create your own private sanctuary of peace, check out our top tips for how to achieve privacy in a small urban space.
1. Block Sight Lines
An arbour, pergola or gazebo are all easy ways of increasing privacy if you’re overlooked by upper windows. Cover any of these structures with beautiful trailing plants to truly create your own natural private space. Another tip is to plant small trees near your terrace; they will give you more privacy than a taller tree further away.
Growing bushy potted plants gives you the cover you need, and they’re mobile so you can move them around whenever you like. It’s an easy way to improve privacy that also adds a good dose of foliage to your outdoor space. Grab plants that have a good width spread to grow a private wall of foliage.
If you want to cover your garden fences or railings in a balcony or rooftop, climbing plants are a great option. Ivy plants would be a top choice, as they’re fast growing and evergreen; the perfect all-year-round cover.
Grasses can be used so easily to create internal screens or hedges that flower beautifully, move in the slightest breeze, and need little care during the summer months. Their fast growth rate makes ornamental grasses ideal for privacy hedges because new plants can rapidly fill in any gaps.
Usually held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has gone digital this year! From virtual garden tours from RHS judges and top garden designers to gardening experts sharing planting tips and tricks, there has been plenty to enjoy from this year’s show.
We’ve rounded up our favourite Chelsea-approved gardening tips, so that you can create your own prize-winning garden at home.
1. Working with Small Spaces
With many of us stuck at home at the moment and with many people living in urban spaces, you can still enjoy a bounty of plants, no matter the size. Create new levels with hanging plants, experiment with mobile potted plants and elevate plants with shelving or ladders.
2. Create a Chelsea Inspired Bouquet
Nikki Tibbles, founder of British florists Wild at Heart, gave us a crafty tutorial on how to create our very own Chelsea-inspired bouquets with flowers from our garden. Combine the delicately coloured flowers of pale Peonies, pastel Delphiniums and Clematis flowers to create your own award -winning vase displays and bouquets.
3. Healing Gardens
Garden designer Robert Myers shared his top tips for designing a healing garden. Now more than ever, our gardens are a haven to bring calm to our lives and help with our mental/physical well being. Restore calm with plenty of textured, multi-layered natural greenery, and add a sensory experience with scented plants around seating areas.
4. Create a Mini Allotment
The Skinny Jean Gardener, Lee Connelly, shared his top tips for getting you and the kids growing your own edible produce. Lee says “grow something that you love to eat” and to keep it simple and easy with low maintenance fruit and veg. With space often being an issue for gardeners, Lee shares that you can create a mini allotment with just a window sill or washing up bowl!
5. Think about Wildlife
Designer Tom Massey shared with us how to encourage wildlife by growing a mini-meadow. To create a meadow planting scheme, mix ornamental grasses with perennials to add both colour and movement to your displays.
Providing foliage all-year-round, evergreen plants are perfect for adding colour, structure and height to any outdoor space. Get inspired to create your own green oasis with this amazing selection of evergreen plants, shrubs and climbers.
Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’
A glossy purple evergreen plant that blooms with small, pink flowers throughout the summer. Ideal for pots, borders and providing a colour contrast against light-coloured plants.
Add elegant colour, cover bare walls, or add height and interest to the garden, there’s so much that climbing plants can do for the garden. Whether you’re looking for gorgeous fragrance or a visual impact, in this blog post we’ve narrowed down the best climber for every season.
Climbers for summer interest ☀
Honeysuckle Gold Flame
A strong climber with a beautiful perfume. Their cartwheel-shaped red and orange flowers are perfect for growing over a wall or fence.
Bursting with colourful flowers or vibrant foliage, hanging baskets are the perfect addition to any garden, big or small. With so many plant options for hanging baskets, it can be tough to know where to start, so we’ve made things simple.
From cascading fruit to hardy flowers, discover our hanging basket favourites to fill your outdoor space with life this summer.
Begonia ‘Funky Pink’
Think pink with this strikingly unique Begonia. Easy to grow and weather tolerant, these large double blooms are a great basket choice.
Easy to grow and perfect for beginners, garden ready plants are an excellent, value for money way of filling your garden with glorious colour.
Our Garden-ready plug plants are well-established plants in pots and can be planted straight out into the garden. Before you pick your plants for summer, check out our top tips for getting the absolute best performance out of your garden ready plants.
Tip 1 – Potting Up
Garden ready plants, like smaller plants, can benefit from being grown on for a few weeks in a large pot, for sturdier roots, before planting out in the garden.
Tip 2 – TLC on Arrival
Water your plants so they are just moist. The best way to do this is to place them in a container of water and allow them to soak it up from the roots.
Tip 3 – Time Crunch
If you don’t have time to plant them straight away, stand in a light, warm place and make sure the soil is moist; this will keep them happy and healthy before you plant them out.
Tip 4 – Watering
Water them well 1-2 hours before planting out, and again when in position. Once in the ground, water regularly, especially in dry sunny spells.
Tip 5 – Deadhead
Don’t forget to deadhead any dying flowers as required to ensure further growth spurts.
Irresistible summer shrubs. Hydrangeas showcase large, billowy blooms in an array of bright and beautiful colours and never fail to bring the wow factor to the summer garden. Easy to grow and vigorous growers, they are an easy way to create a wonderful summer display.
In this blog, discover our essential Hydrangea planting guide, from planting to aftercare, as well as our top Hydrangea varieties to plant for summer.
Where can I plant Hydrangeas?
With so many Hydrangeas on the market, from large shrubs to compact varieties, there aren’t many places these plants can’t go. For location, our advice is to plant them where they well receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Here are some ideas for where you can plant Hydrangeas:
Potted plants on the patio
How do I plant Hydrangeas?
Our potted Hydrangea plants can be planted straight away upon arrival. Here are our step-by-step planting instructions:
Plant in Spring or Autumn.
Plant in well-drained soil (if soil is heavy, add roughage such as pine bark mulch).
Dig a planting hole 2 feet wider than the plant (keep the depth of the hole consistent with the size of the plant so your plant sits level with or just higher than the surrounding soil).
Do not over water, esp. in clay soil. This can lead to root rot.
How do I care for Hydrangeas?
Water at a rate of 1 inch per week throughout the growing season. Deeply water 3 times a week to encourage root growth. Big leaf and smooth hydrangeas require more water, but all varieties benefit from consistent moisture. Watering in the morning will help prevent hydrangeas from wilting during hot days.
Add mulch underneath your hydrangeas to help keep the soil moist and cool. An organic mulch breaks down over time, adding nutrients and improving soil texture.
Apply fertiliser based on your specific hydrangeas. Each variety has different needs and will benefit from different application timing.
Big leaf hydrangeas need several light fertiliser applications in March, May and June.
Oakleaf and panicle hydrangeas do best with two applications in April and June.
Smooth hydrangea plants only need fertilisation once, in late winter.
Prune in late winter and early spring. Prune as far back as you want right above the first leaf joints. It will grow from that point onward, getting larger each year.
Looking for recommendations?
Check out our favourite Hydrangeas that will make eye-catching additions in any garden.
Finding plants that can thrive in shade can be tricky, but there are plenty of beautiful options available. Instead of you searching the internet for shaded plants, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a selection of our favourite shade-loving plants.
From colourful bloomers to fresh foliage, discover our top five plants to brighten up those difficult shaded corners of the summer garden.
Many Viburnums are perfect for shady spots. They’re great for wildlife, produce gorgeous flowers and fruit and make a fantastic focal point in beds and borders.
2. Hardy Fuchsias
HardyFuchsiasare a hanging basket staple in the summertime. Their elegant drooping blooms brighten up baskets and window boxes, and thankfully, they can be planted in shade! Since they don’t like too much heat, these tender perennials can be placed in partial/full shade.
These fabulous shade-tolerant beauties are some of the best-kept secrets in the garden. You can easily set a shady spot alight with colour by planting bright and beautiful Heucheras. What’s more, these foliage plants perform all year round too, making them a magnificent choice for so many spots in the garden.
Can Hydrangeas grow in shade? Absolutely. In fact, many of the most common varieties of these bright and beautiful shrubs, like mophead and lacecap, are perfect for shaded environments.
Ornamental foliage plants have become a big trend in modern gardens. Low maintenance and high performing, they add bring a fresh and natural look to the summer garden. Ferns thrive in the shade, so they’re the perfect plants for growing fantastic displays in pots and borders.