What to do in the garden in July

This is often one of the hottest months of the year and a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. Keep plants looking good by regularly dead-heading, and you’ll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well watered, using grey water where possible, and hoe off weeds, which thrive in the sunshine.

Top 10 garden jobs this month

  1. Plant your autumn-flowering bulbs, such as autumn crocuses, Colchicum, Sternbergia, Amaryllis and Nerine.
  2. Cut back perennials such as delphiniums and geraniums after flowering to encourage a second flush later in the season.
  3. Liquid feed containerised plants and keep well watered in dry spells.
  4. Start collecting seed from plants you want to grow next year, especially annuals such as Calendula, poppy and love-in-a-mist.
  5. Mulching borders can help retain moisture, and keep down the weeds – this will save a lot of work. A really thick layer of mulch (5-7.5cm/2-3in all over) works best.
  6. Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
  7. Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs
  8. Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
  9. Deadhead flower borders regularly to prolong flowering.
  10. Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines