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Month by Month

A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries

Make the Most of the Sun!

The lovely weather certainly makes you want to get out and enjoy your garden, and you can do so knowing that the majority of hard work has already been done.  August can be one of the hottest months of the year, so it is essential to keep a check on watering this month.

Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month;

• Place conservatory plants outside now whilst it is warm

• Ensure tubs and baskets are watered regularly to be sure they do not dry out

• Dead head all flowering bedding plants, perennials and shrubs to promote flowering

• Courgettes can be picked now

• Check for apple scab and treat

• Feed tomato plants regularly now, ideally with each watering

• Feed lawns with a feed, weed and moss killer to keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. Westland L, F, W and Moss Killer is highly recommended

• Prune June flowering shrubs now such as Philadelphus

• Hedging can be clipped back now, including leylandii

• Remove rose suckers and tree suckers

• Ensure newly planted trees and shrubs do not dry out as they become established

• Keep a look out for garden pests, greenfly and other common pests will be thriving in the humid conditions.

The summer weather creates the perfect environment for fungi and other garden pests to thrive, so remove dead flower heads and dead foliage as soon as possible to prevent mould forming. One of the most common problems at this time of year is slugs and snails. Keep them and other pests at bay with a good bug control.  

Staking is an important part of this month’s gardening tasks. Why not make you own attractive stakes by using broken twigs and branches? They become almost invisible among borders and give a more natural look.

Plant of the Month - Astrantia ‘Star of Beauty’ is undoubtedly a must for shady gardens. The deep purple flowers sit high above bright green foliage. This variety will flower from early summer through to the end of summer. Certainly not one be missed!

Also Looking Good this Month - Look out for Rudbeckia ‘Little Gold Star’ a new dwarf variety of the much loved Rudbeckia family. Providing colour through the end of summer into early autumn, ‘Little Gold Star’ will not fail to impress and provide a colourful show in any garden.

Look out for this new variety in your local garden centre today!

So enjoy your garden this month, and make the most of the summer!


The Sun is Shining!

Make the most of the lovely weather this month and enjoy your garden with Hollybeck.

Add some long lasting colour to your garden with some late flowering perennials. We have a huge selection of perennials in stock now!

Join us on Thursday 25th August at 4pm for our 'Ultimate Long Lasting Colour' talk for only £3.50 per person you will learn our top tips on how to create stunning displays of colour from late summer throught to winter. Booking is essential.

Looking ahead to bulbs……Our vast selection of spring flowering bulbs arrive this month. Want to learn more about how to use bulbs in your garden? Book now for your place on our 'Bulbs Glorious Bulbs talk at 4pm on Monday 12th September £14.99 per person. Here you will learn all you need to know about creating a stunning spring display. Booking is essential.

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Astrantia ‘Star of Beauty’

Rudbeckia ‘Little Gold Star’