Your July Garden
As we reach the middle of summer, our minds often turning to holidays, whether we are enjoying them in our own back garden or travelling further afield.
July is a month to give plenty of TLC to your garden to keep it at its peak and make sure if you are going away, that it’s kept in good condition for your return. Read our guide to July gardening jobs to find out what to do this month and helpful gardening tips from our Hillier experts to keep your garden at its best.
What to Enjoy Now
Echinacea purpurea ‘Alba’
Gardening is as much about appreciating the beautiful now as planning and planting for the future. Enjoy these plants in your garden and home this month:
Great for Foliage and Structure
What to Plant Now
Plants like crocosmia bring a welcome burst of colour at the back end of summer
While maintaining your garden is the priority in July, there are also a number of plants that can be added now for instant and future impact.
Planting for Instant Impact
Gardening is often about the patient process of growing from seed, bulb or small plant and nurturing it over time. If you want to balance this out with immediate colour, foliage and scale in your garden, you can always find larger plants or those in bloom right now for instant impact. Be sure to water newly planted gardens often, particularly in the warmer summer months.
Simply browse the ‘flowering now’ list above. Many of these plants will be available from the Garden Centre for immediate enjoyment and, once planted, should continue to develop year after year. Just remember to water them frequently while they establish, especially over the hot, dry summer months.
What to Plant for Future Interest
Grow Your Own
Courgettes should be ready to harvest this month
In July, in the vegetable garden, there are still a number of crops that can be sown along with a growing harvest to pick. This is the month to stay on top of your weeding, watering and feeding routine.
Hillier tip: These climbers will need support to grow up and a wigwam is a simple and attractive solution. Simply place three to four bamboo canes into the ground and tie together at the top. Sow the seeds around each cane at the base – you will only need a single seed at the base of each cane for climbing runner and French beans.
Hillier tip: If you are looking for new recipe ideas, browse our recipe collection from our Hillier Development Chef
Other Grow Your Own Activities
Hillier tip: Don’t forget to net any brassicas to stop Cabbage White butterflies laying eggs
Hillier tip: Planting marigolds in your vegetable patch can deter whitefly and also attract ladybirds, which will help to control aphids. They also emit a substance from the roots that deters nematode worms in the soil. Plant nasturtiums alongside your brassicas to attract cabbage white butterflies away from your precious greens. Plant pungent vegetables, such as onions, garlic or chives next to your carrots to deter carrot fly.
What to Do in the Garden
As we enter the heart of summer, there are enjoyable care and maintenance activities to do in the garden in July along with rest and appreciation.
Plants to Prune
Hillier tip: As the first flush of flowers fade on herbaceous plants, cut the flower stems back and feed. This will encourage new flower growth to develop. Depending on how early or late they bloomed in the year, this may include delphiniums (trim only), geraniums, lupins (deadhead), alchemilla and erysimum (light trim).
Hillier tip: When deadheading roses, cut down to the next outward facing bud and always cut shoots at a side angle. That ensures that water runs over the cut and down the stem
Plants to Feed
Hillier tip: High potash feeds are also ideal for tomatoes and fruit trees as they promote strong fruit production and increased sugar levels, meaning higher yields and sweeter fruit.
Plants to Protect
Lawncare & Gardencare
Hillier tip: Always make sure you water at the base of the plant so it reaches the roots. When watering, let the water sink down into the soil then repeat two or three times until the water no longer goes down quickly. If you hoe around plants, water will penetrate where it’s needed instead of running off
Birds and Wildlife
As the temperature rises the ground becomes harder, making it more difficult for birds to source worms. On hot days, birds need extra water to stay hydrated and maintain a cool body temperature.
Monthly Tool Checklist
Some of the essential garden tools and products we recommend to have ready in your shed.
For sowing outdoors:
For pruning and deadheading: