The Ornamental Garden in July
This month is mainly about keeping the garden neat and tidy by deadheading spent flowers, and pruning and supporting wayward plants when requied.
It is also about ensuring that plants don't lack for Food and Water, and that they are free from Pests and Diseases.
At any time this month:
Support taller plants, and tie in climbing plants.
Deadhead flowering shrubs, Roses and bedding plants as necessary.
Clip and shape Bay trees and use the clippings for cuttings if required.
Spray roses to control Black Spot.
Cut away any Suckers* that may have formed at the base of trees and shrubs.
*Some types of Suckers can be propagated.
Week 27 - 1st Jul. to 7th Jul.
Remove the crown (centre) bud from Callistephus to encourage flowering side shoots.
Cut / save fruiting Physalis stems for drying.
Keep a look out for mildew on Cranesbill / Geranium.
Prune Cytisus if necessary.
Week 28 - 8th Jul. to 14th Jul.
Apply Potash feed to Chrysanthemums.
Protect Dahlias from earwig attacks.
Cut down faded Digitalis and collect seeds if required.
Plant out Eucalyptus.
Increase water supply to Gladioli.
Prune Magnolia if necessary.
Prune this season's young Wisteria growth back to within five or six buds of its base.
Week 29 - 15th Jul. to 21st Jul.
Tie in Wisteria to wires or framework.
Week 30- 22nd Jul. to 28th Jul.
Plant out Arabis plants.
Save some Helichrysum flowers for drying.
Prune / thin out Philadelphus.
Divide Pacific Coast Iris.
Lift Ranunculus growing outdoors and place in store.
Deadhead Phlox paniculata if required.