Gardening in summer

Gardening tips for summer

Find out how to get more out of your garden this summer and tips on how to garden during the warmest season.

We all start off gardening with enjoyment in the spring. But when the temperature rises in the summer time, we and our plants can both start to lose enthusiasm.

Discover how to make the most of the summer with some top tips that will give you a flourishing garden all the way through to autumn.

Cut back plants

At this time of year, it's a good idea to trim your perennials so that they flower for longer and keep their strength and vigour.

Many gardeners take the shoot of a plant in your flower border and cut back by roughly a third.

Deadhead flowering plants

It's important to deadhead flowering plants to keep them healthy and blooming for as long as possible.

Avoid over-watering

You may not need to water as much as you think, especially if the soil is healthy and the ground is covered by plants.

Give your plants a drink if they are starting to wilt. 

It's best to water your garden first thing in the morning or in the evening.

Limit digging during dry periods

Try not to dig in dry weather as it damages the soil structure, increases moisture loss and disturbs plant roots.

Plant autumn bulbs

Late summer is a good time to plant autumn bulbs, including cyclamens, colchicums and dahlias.

Take cuttings for next year

Take cuttings from your favourite flowering plants during the summer, so you have a plentiful supply for next year.