Five ways to boost your garden in August

August border with dahlias, echinacea and grasses

By August, many early summer flowering plants will be starting to look past their best.

However, your garden fiesta doesn’t have to end there. With a few simple steps you can give your plot the pep up it needs to last right into autumn.

Discover five easy ways to boost your garden in August, below.

Deadhead roses, dahlias and any summer perennials that still have more buds to follow.


1

Plant up more containers

Plant a large pot with plants for late-summer colour. This will create a useful splash of colour on the patio, or stood in a gap in the border. Grown in a container, you will be able to water and care for them for the remainder of the summer and enjoy their colourful display. The plants can them be taken out of the pot in the dormant season and replanted in the garden where they will provide much needed colour this time next year.

A red-themed, late-summer container
2

Deadhead plants

Deadhead roses, dahlias and any summer perennials that still have more buds to follow. Do the same with annual bedding plants regularly so they can’t start setting seed. This keeps them flowering more vigorously and they’ll continue doing so into the autumn.

Deadheading pink roses
3

Care for containers

Pay particular attention to containers as by now they’ll be packed solid with roots so plants will need even more feeding, watering and deadheading than usual to keep them looking good. Be ruthless with any that are clearly past it, especially if they’ve dried out badly at any time. Tip them out and replace with a fresh batch of fuchsias, pelargoniums or autumn pansies in new compost – add water-retaining gel crystals to assist with moisture holding.

A planter of pink flowers
4

Cut back spent plants

Cut back plants such as astrantia, pulmonaria, floppy hardy geraniums and variegated brunnera to remove mildewed or straggly growth, and encourage fresh new foliage and perhaps even a late flush of flowers. Treat them to a good liquid feed and water afterwards.

Cutting back straggly hardy geraniums
5

Fill seasonal gaps

Fill seasonal gaps in displays where plants such as early summer bulbs or oriental poppies have died down. Use strategically placed pots of plants such as lilies, patio dahlias, upright fuchsias (even a standard fuchsia) or tall late perennials.

Pot of pink and purple fuchsias

Low maintenance summer containers

Going away? Whether you’re off on holiday or simply want more time to do other things, take a look at some of the beautiful low maintenance summer containers to you could pot up.

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