Reap the re­wards

Lancashire Life - - WILL’S WISDOM -

Keep on top of things, yes, but find plenty of time to en­joy your July gar­den, says WILL CLARK

peren­ni­als like hardy gera­ni­ums and Salvia ap­pear to have fin­ished, it’s worth cutting them right back to pro­mote lush new green growth and even maybe a sec­ond flush of flow­ers.

Your roses are prob­a­bly look­ing fab­u­lous now but re­mem­ber to keep check­ing them closely and, if nec­es­sary, spray them to get rid of green fly, white fly and black spot. This will help to main­tain healthy growth not just now but through­out the year. And on the sub­ject of healthy growth, your lawn will also ben­e­fit from a liq­uid feed now, es­pe­cially if you didn’t have time to feed it in the spring

Her­ba­ceous peren­ni­als are among the real stars of the July gar­den. Echi­nacea, Core­op­sis, He­le­nium, He­liop­sis and Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis will all be look­ing mag­nif­i­cent now. Com­bine th­ese with the con­trast­ing style of grasses, such as Stipa and Pen­nise­tum, and you’ll cre­ate a prairie look which is very ef­fec­tive.

Rud­beck­ias are also per­fect for such a dis­play. One of my par­tic­u­lar favourites is Rud­beckia fulgida ‘Lit­tle Gold­star’, whose com­pact shape looks great in a bor­der or a con­tainer. It loves full sun and its plen­ti­ful, bright yel­low, dai­sy­like flow­ers at­tract bees. It’s a sum­mer sen­sa­tion which will flower right through to au­tumn, what a star!

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