A bit forward, you might think, when daffodils have only just faded and tulips are springing into bloom, but if you know seasons and gardening, summer can be a time when your garden goes into a beige slumber.
It’s all about the light, you see.
Those spring bulbs, dormant over winter, emerge and bloom as light levels and soil warmth increases in February, March and April, to disappear when the heat affects them in May and June.
Forsythias, magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons do the same – lose flowers as the mercury rises.
This can cause a bit of a lull in summer as we well know when we value homes in Scunthorpe and Lincoln from May to August.
The vibrant yellows of spring are overtaken by 50 shades of green, from those early flowering shrubs that have dropped blooms.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
So here’s 5 summer gardening tips from Starkey&Brown:
- Shrub, bush, hybrid tea, climbing roses, potted roses bring lustre to summer gardens. They do need feeding and pruning but are still relatively low-maintenance. Many rose species are suitable for shady aspects such as north facing walls and often flower repeatedly through summer. Best planted in autumn, potted roses can be used to fill gaps now with a note made to plant others in October.
- Native to Mexico, but at home in sunny Lincolnshire, these spreading tuberous perennials flower in summer and can be bought in various colours, including maroon-crimson, chocolate cosmos, which smell of … you guessed. Avoid if on a diet.
- They’re making quite a comeback and it’s easy to why. There’s so many varieties to choose from, they flower for a long period if deadheaded frequently and many gardeners top-dress them over winter which protects the tubers from frost in most Lincolnshire gardens. The Bishop of LLandaff dahlia is one of favourites.
- For greater garden impact, many trees flower in summer – one of the very best is the double red hawthorn “Paul’s Scarlet” with double scarlet red flowers that is fully hardy and won’t become a garden giant.
- This versatile climber has a species for every season: from winter-flowering Clematis Cirrhosa, with its speckled cream flowers, to the raging spring show of Clematis Montana to the delicately drooping blooms of Clematis Tangutica and the richly deep purple flowers of Etoile Violette and the tough Viticella species.
If you need any more advice on dressing your home or garden, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly team at Starkey&Brown.