|If I'd planted Thunbergia alata seeds in June, they'd be blooming now.|
Keeping your garden going through the end of the season requires a bit of planning. For instance, in July, you should be:
- cutting back spring and early-summer bloomers like geranium and salvia (basically anything that is finished blooming by July 4)
- giving mums and asters their final pinch
- topdressing containers with some time-release food
- continuing to feed with half strength water soluble fertilizer every other time you water
- deadheading your roses and the annuals that need it
- trimming back damaged leaves
- pinching Coleus and other foliage plants.
Other plants that benefit from a severe stem cut are perennial Geranium and Salvia. Perennial Salvia, (i.e. 'May Night', 'Caradonna', 'East Friesland') which offers spiky blue blossoms in May, can be coaxed into a late summer flush of color by pruning it half way down after most of the blooms are gone, usually in mid-June.
|Geranium 'Rozanne' and Salvia nemerosa both look fresh in September after being cut back by the end of June-early July.|
|French marigolds are easy to start from seed|