With July in full swing Reeds Rains provides more advice to gardeners - especially those struggling to decide what they should plant in their gardens in July.
While July sees borders filled with colour from plants such as delphiniums, campanulas, anthemis and dahlias, there are so many things that will bloom in early to mid-summer and as a result, it can be quite confusing to choose what to plant, especially for those starting out with a new garden. One way of finding out what will do best in your garden is to visit the neighbours and see what they are growing. This is easy to see in front gardens, just take a walk down the road and have a look. Back gardens are a bit trickier but most people are quite pleased to share gardening knowledge and it is a good way to make friends. Another way of seeing gardening in action is by visiting the many gardens that are open at this time of year and in aid of charity.
The thought of filling a border with plants can be a little daunting. Some gardeners like to plan their borders to the last detail, researching plants and drawing out a design. Others will just collect specimens they fancy from markets and plant sales and stick them in. It doesn’t matter what type of gardener you are, the main thing is to dig over the soil, incorporate plenty of compost if the earth is poor and get planting. Things will grow straight away and if they don’t flower this year then they will next summer. Some things may die, others may take over but, in the end ,it doesn’t matter, there is always next year.
Find out more gardening tips in last month’s blog, Lobelia and impatiens are good choices for a shady place.