Late June Gardening Tips for the Flower Garden
Here we are with late June in the flower garden and we have just a few gardening tips for you to consider. Many people seem to think that just because all the plants have been put in place for the summer and your perennials are blooming or past bloom, there is no more work to be done. The flower garden is becoming full, or is full, of multi-colored flowers, so there must be little or nothing to do. Right? No, there is always work that may be done.
Watering alone when the weather is very hot and dry is important work that may need a good deal of thought and care. The chief thing to remember is never to give water until it is needed, and then to water thoroughly. Just a mere sprinkling of water with a water can to strong, sturdy plants that are thirsty and needing a good drink is worse than useless. This is the reason: when you water a plant, you’ve got to get the water down to the roots which is how the plant takes up the water. If you merely sprinkle the surface of the soil with a little water, it will encourage the roots to remain near the surface and they will suffer from the heat of the sun. What you want to do is to make the roots go as deep as possible in search of moisture. Therefore, you see, you need to give enough water to penetrate the soil to a sufficient depth. To get down deep. One really good watering when it is needed is better than half a dozen little sprinklings. Having the roots grow down deep also gets them down to where the nutrients are that the plant needs to grow.
Mulch can be added around your plants to help preserve water. Just don’t put it right up to the stems and trunks of shrubs and trees. Not only will this conserve moisture, it will add to the nutrients in the soil as the mulch breaks down and keeps the roots cooler, too. You are using organic mulch, aren’t you? For more information on mulch, see our article about Composting.
Perhaps this month a great deal of watering is not necessary, if you are fortunate enough to live where there is a lot of spring rainfall but as the summer advances more water will probably be needed. All the same we must research and take note of which plants require plenty of moisture and which naturally enjoy plenty of sunshine and dryness. Such plants as snapdragons, rock roses, sea lavenders and geraniums like to be fairly dry while hollyhocks, phloxes and pansies among other things, like considerable moisture. Look up the moisture requirements of any plants you are not sure about.
Another tip for the flower garden has to do with your blooming flowers. It may be that you wish to prevent a plant from flowering for awhile so as to prolong the display of flowers. You can do this with many plants by merely pinching out the tips of the growths. Doing so will have another effect beside slowing the flowering. It will make the plant bushier and thicker. When the flowers do come, there will be many more of them, though the flowering heads may not be quite so fine. Among the plants that may be treated in this manner are the well-known old favorite snapdragon and the blue annual cornflowers.
One last gardening tip for your late June flower garden. In the fall, you might wish to put in a rock garden. See Rock Garden Room for more information. To enable us to stock it when it is ready, you might want to sow some seeds now in some cool position, or better yet, sow some pots with such seeds as will make good additions to the rock garden. There is more information in other articles under the gardening tips articles section.