August – Jobs to do
August is supposedly one of the hottest months of the year therefore making watering essential. This is especially important for potted plants. Drying out is by far the most common cause of plants losing condition this time of year.
Keep your Camellias & Rhododendrons well watered at this time of year as that will help to ensure that next year’s buds develop well.
Prune wisteria and shrubs after flowering. Also lavenders and hebes can be given a light prune after flowering. Missing this prune will cause the plants to become very woody very quickly.
Give your hedges a quick trim over, as they will only grow a little before the cooler weather stops their growth.
Dead-head lilies for a better flower display next year.
Check your Clematis for signs of Clematis wilt, any discoloured, wilting leaves or shoots can be cut back.
Now’s a good time to take cuttings to propagate many common garden shrubs, ie Box, Ceanothus, Lavender, Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Clematis. Nothing like free plants!
You might want to cut back the seed heads on your ornamental grasses but they are very good at providing winter interest.
And don’t forget August is traditionally holiday-time, so why not rope in some friends or family to look after your garden while you are away.