Monthly Garden Advice for July
Fill those gaps
some plants you just can not resist touching such as the soft grey furry leaved Stachys Ianata (Lambs Ears) or the wonderfully tactile grasses such as Stipa tenuissima or Pennisetum. The flowers of the bottle brush plant (Callistemon spp) are also irresistable. Just brushing past a plant of Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla) emits the most refreshing lemony fragrance and it also makes a lovely herb tea.
Biennials can be sown now for colour next Spring. Sow direct in short nursery rows in the garden or in seed trays. Varieties include Wallflowers, Sweet William, Canterbury Bells, Foxglove, Bellis and Myosotis. For dried seed heads sow Honesty (Lunaria)
- sow winter flowering pansies in trays or modules for autumn planting.
- protect Brassicas from caterpillars by covering with fleece or enviromesh to prevent butterflies egg-laying.
- keep dead heading and feeding containers and hanging baskets for a brilliant display.
- sow 1m rows of salad leaves every 3-4 weeks for continuity of supply.