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You can search this website for information on any gardening top see below.

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Gardening Calender a month by month guide.

What to do in August

Time to prune Wisteria

Cut back tired perennials

Tomato care and more

Harvesting in the veg plot.

 

Best Shrubs and Plants for July

Sedum 'Purple Emporer'

Sedums are long flowering and top picks for bees, butterflies, and pollinators.
There are many different Sedums to choose from apart from the familiar rosy-red blooms. There are varieties with dark purple foliage illustrated above is ' Purple Emperor'; also award-winning Sedum takesimense 'Atlantis' very low growing with variegated foliage and bright yellow flowers, lots of low growing bee friendly yellow varieties. 

More varieties and tip on growing Sedums

Veronicastrum virginicum

Veronicastrum virginicum is a herbaceous perennial,  which flowers in shades of blue or white, illustrated  is Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'
Veronicastrums grow up to around 1.2m and prefer moist soil but will tolerate conditions which are less than perfect, including partial shade. They look good planted at the back of a border mixed with Verbena bonariensis to create an ideal bee loving combination.

Scented Clematis

Clematis 'Bill MacKenzie' is a late flowering Group 3 Clematis which puts on a great show of yellow flowers at around this time followed by attractive seed heads.

This variety of Clematis is vigorous, so some care when planting it. On the one hand, it will fill a space quickly, but be careful if it is scrambling around other plants as it will tend to swamp them. Tips on Growing Clematis. 

In the Kitchen Garden

Around August and September is time to harvest onions and garlic. Once the foliage starts to turn brown it is a sign the bulb is ready to harvest.

It is important to ensure bulbs are fully dry before storage, tips on drying and storing onions and garlic.

 

 

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Allium with butterfly

Easy to grow Spring and Summer flowering plants, advice as to the best climbing and scented plants.

Ceanothus in bloom lovely soft blue flowers

Ideas for the Best Evergreen shrubs, Spring and Summer Flowering shrubs and fast growing shrubs.

bee on sedum

Advice on plants to attract bees and butterflies into your garden. Check out the 10 Best wildlife friendly plants and shrubs.

tomatoes on the vine ripening

How to grow your own veg, including growing from seed and the best veg for growing in containers.

toms in hanging basket

A month by month guide with advice and top tips what to do in the garden each month. Seasonal monthly advice in the Sunday Gardener's Newsletter.

ducks on garden pond

An easy step-by-step guide with illustrations on how to build a pond, choosing a pond liner, and attracting wildlife to your pond.

gardening tips

Pages of gardening tips including how to get rid of slugs and snails, what does frost hardy mean, when to use the Chelsea Chop and much more.

gardening calender  month by month what to do in the garden

Regular posts with gardening chat on the Sunday Gardener's award-winning blog, including visitors' questions.