Gardening Tips July

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner - the shortest day has already come and gone – and although it does not feel warm enough to venture out into your garden yet, you can enhance your patios.

For our DIY customers we are again going “POTTY” for the month of July with many unbelievable specials to tempt you and help you plant up your pots. Place your favourite plant in a container of your choice (Pots between 20 – 40 % LESS) and our potting soil is now R25.95 (was R36.95). Or you can come into the nursery and see our lovely potted up containers, which you can just load up (or we can deliver) to liven up your patio.

If you want a lovely garden for the rest of the year, you will have to brave the cold and prune towards the end of the month!

Why Prune?

A-hedge Of The Rest

  • To keep plants in shape
  • To encourage flowering & vigorous new growth
  • To manipulate a shrub into a decorative form
  • To curtail growth where a plant gets out of hand
  • To remove dead, diseased or weak growth

Cutting Hedge Technology

When to prune?

  • Deciduous shrubs and trees: at the end of winter
  • Flowering shrubs: directly after flowering
  • Foliage shrubs: late spring to early summer
  • Try not to prune before the 15th July as the weather is still too cold

A golden rule for pruning is: “Prune to a node”. A node is the point on a plant stem from which leaves or lateral branches grow.

Cheiranthus (Wallflower)

A much-loved annual in Europe, but relatively unused here.Plants are short and bushy in a strange blend of colours from yellow to bronze.Fragrant clusters of blossoms smother the plant from winter through to spring.Dead-heading will produce fresh flowers and extend their life span. Suitable for filling in gaps in a sunny flower bed, or planting among the vegetables to encourage pollinators.

Pollen Power!

Alyssum (Sweet Alice) a charming low growing annual that thrives in full sun all year. Honey scented flowers smother the seedling, creating a carpet of white, purple or pink. Bees love this nectar. Alyssum can flower for months and it will happily re-seed itself.