Have you considered planting a garden but summer has already begun. No need to panic you can still begin your garden. With tips of how to make the most of a mid-summer garden you will be well on your way to creating a beautiful mid-summer garden.
The weather can serve as both a gardener’s worst enemy and their best friend. Therefore, it is essential that gardeners understand how and when to begin planting along with ways to maintain their gardens especially during the mid-summer months.
By mid-summer the extreme heat results in most plants being well past their prime. If you have already begun your garden you will soon experience maturation of plants. Flowering plants may have begun or will soon begin setting fruits and seeds. During this process the leaves appear drastically different because most of the plants energy is used elsewhere. The prevalence of insects and disease tends to be a nightmare for gardeners as their flower production decreases and foliage turns yellow. Mid-summer is a difficult adjustment period for plants as well as their gardener’s. However, there are a few tips available to make the most of mid-summer gardening.
By August you will begin to notice empty spaces in your garden where plants have either gone dormant or died. This can be a little devastating. Now is a perfect time to visit your local nursery in search of a few ways to spruce up your garden.
Don’t know what to plant during mid-summer. No need to worry because there are numerous plants and flowers which tend to do very well during the mid-summer months.
Are you looking for more color to help liven up your garden? Perfect, the Bluebeard Shrub bears its beautiful blue blooms in late summer. This will serve as a perfect addition to your garden during mid-summer especially because Bluebeard Shrubs tend to attract birds and butterflies which add in the pollination process. The optimum growing conditions for these shrubs includes a lot of sun and well-drained soil.
Looking to add more color in your garden. Blue, pink, purple, and white blooms are part of the Butterfly Bush which is a summer-flowering lilac. Butterfly Bushes usually bloom from summer into autumn and can be a great attraction in your garden as they grow to approximately 10 feet or taller in size.
If you prefer flowers with a scent plant Carolina Allspice as they have a spicy fragrance which gardeners tend to enjoy. Carolina Allspice has beautiful red flowers that appear in the summer and will grow great in the sun and in partially shady areas of your garden.
Are you a fan of hydrangea but a little unsure as to what type of hydrangea will work best during the mid-summer months. One of the easiest plants to grow, Hydrangea paniculata, blooms fluffy clusters of white flowers in late summer and autumn. However, the clusters of white flowers tend to fade into varying shades of pink and green. This is quite the sight to see as it will add tremendous color to your garden.
Another type of hydrangea that does particularly well during mid-summer is the Endless Summer. This is a reblooming hydrangea that produces a lot of blooms on fresh growth throughout the summer months.
Are you looking for a flowering plant that requires less maintenance? Rock Rose is perfect for you. Rock Rose is able to tolerate drought quite well which is essential because depending on your location the mid-summer months tend to lack rain. Pink, purple, lavender, and white colorful flowers are produced throughout the summer. Rose of Sharon is also able to produce a lot of colorful flowers during the mid-summer months. So, even during your hottest months your garden will appear bright and vibrant with shades of pink, lavender, blue, purple and white.
Now that you have a variety of flowers and plants to choose from your next step is to splurge at your local nursery. Upon bringing the flowers home keep in mind that proper maintenance will make your garden a main attraction.
Plants should be watered regularly and at the right time of the day during the summer months. Watering plants first thing in the morning minimizes the chances of the leaves burning when the sun fully comes out. Your lawn mowers should also be adjusted to their highest setting (3 Â½ – 4 inches) to help reduce stress on your lawn.
Now that the hardest part is complete you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the fact that you made the most of your mid-summer garden.