August in the garden

By Paul Hervey-Brookes

August is usually the hottest month of the year and also the time that most people go away on holiday.

If you are doing this make sure that someone is available to water while you are away or set up an automatic watering system for peace of mind and also to save on labour. 

During August keep your senses alert for weeds and pests.
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Keep bird bath water fresh! Birds will continue to need fresh water and food especially during dry, hot spells.

Throw out mouldy food and keep containers clean. Do not put food on or near the ground as this will attract vermin and predators. Do not give birds milk as they cannot digest it and it can kill.
Continue to deadhead flowering plants, prune back summer flowering shrubs, wisteria and some fruit trees.
As some flowers are going to seed, collect seeds from your favourites and harvest vegetables as they become ready. Some seeds can be sown now and for next spring/summer you can plant potentilla, siberian wallflower and cyclamen. You can also plant autumn and spring flowering bulbs, especially tulips, alliums, daffodils, iris and crocus.

If you have hydrangeas you can water them with hydrangea colourant and have a change next year. For pots in the house try cineraria, coleus or schizanthus.
Rooted strawberry runners can be lifted and potted. Cuttings of fuchsias and tender perennials will root quickly and overwinter on your windowsill.
Meet the author

Paul Hervey-Brookes

Paul had his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencers.

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