The first week of September is time for a second spring. Fall refresh is when gardens and gardeners prepare for the change of seasons and with a new look and a fresh start. September is the month to clear away the old, the weary and sad and refresh the garden with plants that celebrate the change of seasons. Here’s how to get started:
Some perennials and annual plants will be looking great this week, and those are the ones that are drought and heat resistant. Perennials are plants that come back each year without the need for replanting. If you pick from one of the plants below, you will find them less thirsty and with more interesting flowers and foliage.
The first week of August is when lawns start to turn brown and flowers can grow a bit seedy. You can allow the lawn to “go golden” or brown with the dry weather and it will still green up in the fall when the rains return. If you decide to keep the lawn green all summer here are some watering tips:
Summer has homeowners thinking about who will water their plants when they go on vacation. The best advice is to hire a trusted friend or neighbor to hand water your potted plants and hanging baskets while taking in account the weather conditions.
The second week of July you need to take some time to relax and enjoy the garden. Forget about planting vegetables, take a break from adding more flowers and ignore the weeds. The spring rush and June explosion of blooms is slowing down and so should the gardener.
During the first week of July, patriotic flower gardens are in the spotlight. Now is the time to celebrate a revolution with more summer color. Many nurseries and garden centers put flowers and vegetables on sale this week.
The end of June is a good time to stake tomato plants if you have not already done so. And if your perennials and tomatoes are already too tall and out of control, consider investing in wire cages to corral them.
June is the month of roses. The rose is still America’s favorite flower, even though the formal rose garden featuring demanding hybrid tea roses with long stems has been replaced by more disease-resistant landscape roses with a more shrubby growth.
There is still plenty of time to buy tomato plants and to start vegetables from seed including beans and squash. For instant gratification buy vegetable starts already planted in pots and ready to transplant to a sunny spot in the garden.
The week of Mother’s Day is a great time to visit a nursery or garden center because this is the week when the supply of hanging baskets, annuals, perennials and blooming trees and shrub will be at its finest.
The final week in April is a good time to make your plans for a colorful summer with blooming container gardens. It may still be too early to plant our heat-loving flowering and vegetable plants such as coleus, basil and marigolds but if you find nice specimens at a nursery or garden center, buy them now and just protect them at night by covering with a light sheet or moving them under a covered porch or patio.