Staking Herbaceous Plants
Slugs / Snails
Slugs and snails will be heading for some of the more choice plants in your garden especially after wet weather. Hostas, Delphiniums and Lupins are particular favourites. Slug pellets are the most effective solution but those who are more squeamish may want to put sharp grit around the base of the slug targets as a deterrent.
Lift and divide up clumps of Daffodil bulbs once the leaves have died down. You can tell if bulbs in a border need dividing because the clump will gradually be forced to the surface due to shortage of space. Bulbs such as daffodil are divided in the same way as crocosmia & snowdrops.
Once flowering has finished on your Deutzia and Philadelphus bushes prune back and cut the older flowering stems and branches. These plants will flower even better next year on new young growth shoots which will develop now over the Summer.
Cut down the flowered heads of the shrubby Euphorbias to promote basal growth and encourage bushier plants.
Cytisus Hybrids can be lightly pruned to keep the plants bushy and in shape but do not cut back into bare wood where there is no green growth.
Cytisus x Porlock can be pruned quite hard back on to the bare stems – especially if it is being grown as a wall shrub.