Hibiscus need to be protected from saltladen winds, but provide spectacular flowers in summer. How much fertiliser (granules or pellets) you give a hibiscus every six weeks in summer depends on the height of the plant. For a hibiscus 60cm-90cm high (1-2 level teaspoons); 1m-1.4m (1 level dessert spoon); 1.4m-1.8m (2 level dessert spoons); 1.8m2.5m (1 small handful or 50g); 2.5m and over (2 to 4 handsful).
Cool the hot colours of summer with mauve-blue ageratum cultivars, blue daisy flowers of felicia, perennial salvias in sky and blue-violet, and blue agapanthus, and for shady areas the blue flowers of the annual wishbone flower ( Torenia) and blue hydrangeas.
Keep a garden diary for recording planting, flowering and harvesting times throughout the year. It is also interesting to keep a record of the daily maximum and minimum temperature and rainfall.
Fertilise and water fruit trees deeply once a week in dry weather. Spray for fruit fly and pick up and destroy or bury fallen fruit that may be infested with the larvae of fruit fly. Branches laden with fruit should be given supports to avoid breaking in strong winds.
Deciduous crocosmia ( Montbretia) has sword-shaped leaves and funnel-shaped flowers in yellow, orange, gold or red in summer to attract bird and bees. Plant the corms in enriched soil in lightly shaded areas where they have plenty of room to spread. Crocosmias look good near water features and with ornamental grasses.
Plants growing in hanging baskets and containers rely on the gardener for water and food if they are to continue to grow and flower. On hot days, you may need to water more than once.
What is the recipe for attracting birds to your garden? Have at least one tall tree in your garden for nesting. Birds are attracted to water for drinking and bathing. The bird bath should have gentle sloping sides for birds to have an indication of the depth of the water. Add plants with berries, nectar and seeds to provide food for birds.
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