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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

July tasks in the garden

July is the ideal month for garden projects while plants are dormant. Enhance your garden layout with new pathways and seating areas. Consider planting low-maintenance lavender to attract wildlife. Rearrange garden borders and prepare vegetable plots for winter. This guide covers essential July garden tasks to keep your outdoor space vibrant and functional.

July is the ideal month for garden projects while plants are dormant. Enhance your garden layout with new pathways and seating areas. Consider planting low-maintenance lavender to attract wildlife. Rearrange garden borders and prepare vegetable plots for winter. This guide covers essential July garden tasks to keep your outdoor space vibrant and functional.

July Garden Tasks: Keeping Your Space Vibrant

July is the best time to tackle a few jobs in the garden while plants are dormant. This helps keep your outside space looking good. It’s the perfect time for assessing and improving your garden layout, planting new species, and preparing for the seasons ahead.

Enhancing Hard Landscaping

Consider changing any hard landscaping that could be improved for better use of the garden. By adding new pathways, patios, or seating areas, you can create a more functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor space. This is the ideal month to plan and execute these changes while the weather is favorable and plants are less active.

Rearranging Garden Borders and Adding Vegetable Plots

Changing the layout of garden borders can give your garden a fresh look. If you have space, include a vegetable plot. Move any shrubs that have outgrown their spots or are in unsuitable locations. Reposition them in different areas while they are dormant. This is the best time to ensure they adapt well to their new environments without too much stress.

Planting Low-Maintenance Lavender

If you love lavender, now is the ideal time to plant a few low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants. Lavender will attract wildlife and smell gorgeous. Two popular, compact plants are English Lavender (Lavandula Intermedia), which has mauve flowers, and French Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas), which has pink or purple flowers. These varieties not only enhance the beauty of your garden but also require minimal upkeep.

Encouraging Flowering Annuals

Keep deadheading annuals to encourage flowering for as long as possible. This simple task helps prolong the blooming period, ensuring your garden remains colorful throughout the season. Plant colorful perennials like Calendula, Snapdragons, Bellis Perennis, Primrose, Gazanias, and Osteospermums. These plants add vibrant hues and variety to your garden, making it lively and attractive.

Pruning Hydrangeas and Planting Aloes

Hydrangeas benefit from cutting back the stems that have flowered to half their length. Removing any diseased, weak, or damaged growth ensures healthier plants. July is also the month to plant some Aloes, especially winter-flowering varieties, which will attract nectar-feeding birds. These plants add unique textures and seasonal interest to your garden.

Preparing the Vegetable Plot

Prepare the vegetable plot for planting spring veggies by spreading a thick layer of good quality compost on the soil. This enriches the soil, providing essential nutrients for healthy plant growth. Plant Swiss chard, carrots, broad beans, broccoli, Savoy cabbage, eggplant, peas, turnips, and leeks. These crops ensure a supply of healthy, hearty meals during winter.

Growing Winter Herbs

Now is the perfect time to plant herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, chervil, hyssop, sage, and parsley. Why not plant a winter herb pot near the kitchen door? It makes an aromatic, colorful display and provides a tasty addition for seasonal dishes. Try using oregano, sage, and thyme. Rosemary also looks good as a specimen plant in a container or included with other herbs. The Tuscan Blue is a very attractive, deliciously aromatic compact variety.

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