As a gardener, if you are living in the lower south, the Midwest or the plains – July and August are not your favorite months of the year. Many years ago when I met my future husband he asked me about the weather in Oklahoma City. I told him there were two months he was not going to like….he said…”January and February?” “I said NO – July and August!”

So now it’s here, the dreaded heat that begins well before noon and lasts until midnight! July will show no mercy on plants put in late (after the end of May), the wrong plant in the wrong spot, or plants that love cool weather. July and August are the “acid test” for your garden.

Plants put in late have less of chance to establish a root system before the heat just bakes the soil all day long…they have not stretched beyond their growth that was confined by a container.  I always tell my clients that the very best time of year to plant is in the fall….when the earth is warm for months but not too hot – roots have a long time to stretch and grow without just being “baked”.

Wrong plant – wrong spot….I could go on and on about this…but the quick story is….delicate plants or plants that don’t like hot afternoon sun will not be happy with the long hot summer days that July brings. Dogwood, azaleas, hydrangeas, hosta, clematis, Asiatic lilies – ground covers like ajuga, lamium, and woodland phloxes.

Plants that love cooler weather – of course you may already know this….roses, geraniums, petunias, lobelia are good examples of plants that looked fabulous in April, May and June but now look a little “under the weather”! Of course if you live in the Northwest part of our country – they are gorgeous this time of year.

July and August are good times to really evaluate your plantings and overall design, and decide if any changes or editing need to take place – and if so September is just around the corner.

Top Things to do in July

  • Adequate water is now a must – but please still pay attention to the weather. 
  • Water your containers every morning…this can be a must to get them through the day.
  • Adjustments to your automatic sprinkler system may be needed – remember to water early in the day – not at night.
  • If you do need to water during the heat of the day – be careful not to get water on the plant foliage.
  • I hand water newer plantings like roses and some perennials if needed.
  • Evaluate your garden – do you have the right plant in the right spot?
  • Are your petunias or geraniums looking bad in your containers – you can still refresh your containers with heat loving plants like Angelonia, Purslane, lantana and blue daze.
  • Continue to dead head your annuals and perennials – they will reward you with fresh blossoms – especially Nepata, Penta, and roses.
  • Continue to support your roses and climbing vines – they are still putting on new growth even if they aren’t blooming…this fall you will understand why you did this. 
  • In addition to dead heading your cone flowers – be sure to take the seed heads and cut them up and sprinkle the seeds around your existing plants – there are literally several hundred seeds in each head of a cone flower!

Best of the Season

  • Crepe Myrtle, Vitex (Texas Lilac), carpet and landscape roses
  • Bermuda Grass – bring the heat on!
  • All Ornamental Grasses – flower plumes are emerging
  • Perennials –Perovskia (Russian Sage) Cone Flowers, Hosta
  • Annuals – Perinwinkle, purslane, penta, lantana, dusty miller, blue daze scaveola

July Gardening Tips

This tree form crepe myrtle is beautiful – and still very young - watermelon red!

Pruned correctly this spring – not hacked off.


Gardening Tips for July

You would never know it’s nearly 100 degrees when you see this Vitex in all of it’s

lavender colored glory.


July Landscaping Tips

Cone Flowers love the heat – remember there are thousands of seeds in each of the heads – before dead-heading don’t forget to spread all the seeds – they are free and will really spread your stand of this wonderful perennial – Echinacea!

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So now it’s here, the dreaded heat that begins well before noon and lasts until midnight! July and August are the “acid test” for your garden and will test your personal commitment in keeping your garden going and your own temperature cool. 

July and August are good times to really evaluate your plantings and overall design, and decide if any changes or editing need to take place – and if so September is just around the corner. 

Succulents are a plant species that have been used for years in Europe and in warmer climates of the U.S. They have finally been popularized and are now available even at nurseries in Lowe’s and Home Depot. My succulents are thriving in this hottest weather of the year, and you can see my favorites and why I like them so much. 
Image Source: Paradise Express Blog 

Top Things to do in July

• Adequate water is now a must – but please still pay attention to the weather. 
 • Water your containers every morning…this can be a must to get them through the day. 
• Adjustments to your automatic sprinkler system may be needed – remember to water early in the day – not at night. 
• If you do need to water during the heat of the day – be careful not to get water on the plant foliage. 
I hand water newer plantings like roses and some perennials if needed. 
• Evaluate your garden – do you have the right plant in the right spot? • Are your petunias or geraniums looking bad in your containers – you can still refresh your containers with heat loving plants like Angelonia, Purslane, lantana and blue daze. 
• Continue to dead head your annuals and perennials – they will reward you with fresh blossoms – especially Nepata, Penta, and roses. 
• Continue to support your roses and climbing vines – they are still putting on new growth even if they aren’t blooming…this fall you will understand why you did this. 
 • In addition to dead heading your cone flowers – be sure to take the seed heads and cut them up and sprinkle the seeds around your existing plants – there are literally several hundred seeds in each head of a cone flower! 

Best of the Season 

• Crepe Myrtle, Vitex (Texas Lilac), carpet and landscape roses 
• Bermuda Grass – bring the heat on! 
• All Ornamental Grasses – flower plumes are emerging 
• Perennials –Perovskia (Russian Sage) Cone Flowers, Hosta 
• Annuals – Periwinkle, purslane, penta, lantana, dusty miller, blue daze scaveola
Image Source: RieFlections Flickr

Tri-Color Sedum – I love to use this in any succulent pairing but also as spiller in my boxwood pots. 
Image Source: Monrovia

Blue Spruce Sedum – love this blue sedum it looks great when paired with anything yellow or gold. 

Image Source: ECGrowers
 
Silver Mound Artemesia – one of my favorite drought tolerant plants – also use this as an edging border in my beds and as a spiller in all of my containers. 
Image Source: Peace Tree Farm

Angelina Sedum – love this chartreuse colored sedum – I use it in pots for a year round element. 
Image Source: American Meadows

Silver Mound Artemesia – a great and hardy drought-tolerant perennial – looks as good as a plant border as a spiller in containers.
Image Source: Pinterest

Image Source: Midwest Living


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The dreaded heat has arrived…so instead of hiding in our nice air-conditioned homes we have to get out early and provide a few of our plants some supplemental water. Mother Nature has blessed us this year with tremendous – drought-ending rains – so no complaints from this persistent gardener. The heat has also been put off by several cool fronts – we have had a wonderfully long spring and early summer has actually lasted more than a couple of days. Roses have put out another fresh blush of blossoms, my “becky” daisies are in full white fabulousness and even my Nepata is still blooming its heart out. July and August are the “acid test” for your garden and will test your personal commitment in keeping your plantings looking their best.

 

July and August are also really good times to really evaluate your plantings and overall design, and decide if any changes or editing need to take place – and if so September is just around the corner.

 

 

 

Purple Cone Flower and Russian Sage – stunning plant pairing,

 

 

 

 

Heat-loving plant combination.

 

 

Bright – and not faint of heart no matter how hot it gets.

 

 

Cool colors – but these plants thrive in the hottest weather.

 

Check out more plant pairings on my Pinterest boards:

 

http://pinterest.com/terrydcarlson/garden-plant-pairings-combinations/

 

Top Things to do in July

 

  • • Adequate water is now a must – but please still pay attention to the weather.

• Water your containers every morning…this can be a must to get them through the day.

• Adjustments to your automatic sprinkler system may be needed – remember to water early in the day – not at night.

• If you do need to water during the heat of the day – be careful not to get water on the plant foliage.

• I hand water newer plantings like roses and some perennials if needed.

• Evaluate your garden – do you have the right plant in the right spot?

• Are your petunias or geraniums looking bad in your containers – you can still refresh your containers with heat loving plants like Angelonia, Purslane, lantana and blue daze.

• Continue to dead head your annuals and perennials – they will reward you with fresh blossoms – especially Nepata, Penta, and roses.

• Continue to support your roses and climbing vines – they are still putting on new growth even if they aren’t blooming…this fall you will understand why you did this.

• In addition to dead heading your cone flowers – be sure to take the seed heads and cut them up and sprinkle the seeds around your existing plants – there are literally several hundred seeds in each head of a cone flower!

 

Best of the Season

 

• Crepe Myrtle, Vitex (Texas Lilac), carpet and landscape roses • Bermuda Grass – bring the heat on!

• All Ornamental Grasses – flower plumes are emerging

• Perennials – Daisies, Perovskia (Russian Sage) Purple Cone Flowers, Hosta

• Annuals – Periwinkle, salvia, purslane, penta, lantana, dusty miller, blue daze, scaveola

 

 

One of the best ornamental trees for heat – Vitex – aka Chaste Tree or Texas Lilac.

 

Happy Gardening - Terry

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