Reap the rewards
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!