Summer

Summer is finally here! It’s a great time to relax in the sunshine and enjoy your hard work from previous months. Everything is looking green and lush, with most plants in flower. To make sure your garden stays colourful and healthy this season we’ve put together a few of our top tips.

 

Greener Lawn

We want our lawn to look lush and green for outdoor activities and barbecues but with the temperatures increasing the lawn can become quite stressed by the heat and lack of water. Its important to keep our lawns hydrated by watering them deeply at least once a week, watering thoroughly but less often promotes a more drought-tolerant root. We recommend using an oscillating sprinkler for larger lawns.

Follow our tips and advice for a healthy, entertainment-worthy lawn in our Summer Lawn Care post.

Vegetable Patch

We recommend using Levington Tomorite on tomatoes and other fruits or vegetables with similar feeding requirements, such as aubergines, sweet peppers and cucumbers. This will provide your plants with essential nutrients to produce a good quality, full-flavoured crop.

It’s not too late to sow new crops!

Lettuce, rocket, spring onions, radish, spinach and Winter salad can be sown during June to August for late Summer and Autumn harvests.

Planting For Summer Fragrance

For a gorgeous garden that’s doesn’t only look great but smells good, too! Try planting theses beautifully scented flowers.

Roses – Particularly Gertrude Jeckyll

Lavender – A powerfully fragrant cottage garden favourite

Jasmine – A climber that quickly adorns trellis, pergolas and obelisks

Nemesia Wisley Vanilla – Beautiful  blooms with an unmistakable vanilla fragrance

Honeysuckle  – A cottage garden favourite with a sweet, fresh scent

Summer is also a great time of year to be planting hardy annuals such as cosmos, zinnia, calendula, cornflower, nigella and dwarf sunflowers, all of which can be used to make beautiful flower bouquets to brighten up your home. We have a great range of plant supports, flower feed and seeds in store to get you started.

If your short on space another option is to plant in pots and containers. Aromatic herbs would be a perfect choice for this, not only do they smell amazing but they can also be used in the kitchen by adding flavour to your favourite meals. Herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, and Sage.

 

Generous Self-Seeders

 

If you’re looking for great value, low maintenance plants which flourish in increasing numbers year after year why not pick up some Foxgloves Digitalis purpurea, after blooming simply leave the seeds to ripen and germinate to provide a display of large pink bells each summer.

Another favourite of ours, is primrose primula vulgaris which flowers from march to May, it grows best in partial shade and comes back stronger every year with possible displays of flower during the autumn and winter too!

Poppies are not only beautiful but also copious self-seeders, they germinate best in gentle shade and will thrive even in the poorest soil. Love-in-a-Mist Nigella damascene is a lovely deep blue or white flower that thrives in a sunny spot, producing decorative seed pods that create crowds more of the annuals the following year.

 

Garden Décor

One of the best things about Summer is enjoying the warmer evenings.
Create an atmospheric space with a statement water feature, pleasant sounds of wind chimes and illuminate your garden with the flattering glow of lanterns or solar lights.
A fire pit is also a soothing source of light and heat as the sun goes down and can even be used as an alternative to a traditional barbecue.

Garden Furniture

Find our new range of outdoor furniture in our newly opened building, Brightwell! In here you’ll find everything you need to create a garden you look forward to spending time in, from contemporary to traditional-style garden furniture, firepits, kindling, ambient lighting, and stylish planters.

Our range of garden furniture is perfect for both comfort and entertaining family and friends, and includes the new Nassau range, made with ethically sourced and recycled Social Plastic.

Wildlife

Give the wildlife in your garden a helping hand this Summer by topping up birdbaths daily with fresh clean water. Leave a bowl of fresh water out each evening for travelling Hedgehogs. Plant nectar rich flowers for passing Bees, Butterflies and other important pollinators. Leave an area in your garden, big or small, to grow wild.