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August Garden Inspiration
News and Gardening Tips
Agapanthus may well have struggled through ‘The Beast’ in early March. This may seem a distant and unpleasant memory today but we have found that our agapanthus are flowering poorly after their foliage was frosted off to the ground then. There have been some casualties but, what is now clear here is, it is time to prepare to split and divide the survivors a bit later in the autumn especially where clumps are so thick that they are beginning to rise out of the ground. Remove any seed pods that form after the flowers finish to conserve energy in the bulbs, mark out the sites for the new plantings and get the ground ready.
Taller growing herbaceous plants that perform at their best in September need supporting now to get the best from them. Verbena bonariensis will be getting close to flowering and a bit of support will avoid a disaster in a downpour or gale. The taller growing asters and most of the sedums are also vulnerable in this way. Buddleja lindleyana usually needs some help with us as it starts to produce its long drooping purple flowers.
Now is the time to take softwood cuttings of those plants which will not necessarily survive the next winter outside to ensure you have small plants in the greenhouse to overwinter. Calceolaria, more tender fuchsias, cosmos, euryops and argyranthemums are all vulnerable.
Bulb catalogues start to arrive in time for planting in September or October. Lots of enjoyment in planning ahead for next spring. Why not try a fritillaria as something different for next year? We hope to have them available in next year's catalogue.