Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

How to pick up a tired Summer garden

After a few weeks of hot sun the garden in January can look in need of some TLC. However, with a few tasks done now you can restore your plot back to a garden to be proud of!


Fill gaps in beds and borders with quick-maturing annuals that will flower through to Autumn. Marigolds, Penstemons, Salvias, Gazanias, Cosmos and Echinacea planted up with coloured grasses will look amazing and add plenty of colour to the garden. Make sure you water the plants well and mulch around them to retain moisture.
Keep an eye out for pests on roses. Prevention is better than cure, so keep spraying with preventative treatments against black spot and aphids. Also, keep pruning faded flowers to allow the plant to produce more blooms into Winter. Regular watering is a must for roses.

In the vegetable garden you can sow seeds of quick-to-mature herbs like Rocket, Cress and Coriander, as well as beans, green peppers and tomatoes for a supply of fresh vegetables. Continue harvesting mature produce as soon as it ripens.

Lightly prune any summer flowering evergreen shrubs as the blossoms fade. The plants will look better and they can store their energy for flowering next season.
Weeds thrive, whatever the weather, so make sure you stay ahead of them by pulling them up before they flower.


If you still have a lawn, think about replacing it with an alternative choice.
Harvest ripe fruit on your fruit bushes before the birds get to enjoy them!

Don’t forget container plants, which will need watering regularly. Prune off any straggly shoots and give them a quick boost with a good fertiliser.
Now, sit back and enjoy your garden!

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