One of the many joys of gardening is seeing all the beautiful, vibrant flowers in bloom, especially in the summer. The garden comes alive with vibrant colours, intoxicating scents and mesmerizing beauty! It’s a sight like no other.
But unfortunately, as we all know, beauty fades. It’s only a matter of time before the annuals and the perennials will start to wilt and die, leaving your garden in a sad state. That being said, as a gardener, there are things that you can do to help extend the bloom of your flowers so that they can bloom all season long.
Here are some tips to keep your garden looking its best:
- The summer heat will dry out the soil, so it’s important to water your plants regularly and thoroughly. The best time to water is early in the morning to minimize evaporation. To save on water costs, use rainwater or an irrigated watering system.
- Mulching will suppress the weeds, retain moisture and keep soil temperature cooler.
- Don’t forget to feed your flowers! A slow release fertilizer, especially one high in nitrogen, will provide the necessary nutrients to keep flowers blooming. Yellowing foliage is a sign of lack of nitrogen.
- Deadhead or pinch back spent and dying blooms to encourage new blooms. Some plants will produce more flowers with deadheading include: hardy geraniums, marigolds, snapdragons, zinnias, sweet peas and blanket flowers.
- Remove weeds, as they can take over the flowers.
- Pay attention to signs of pests and disease, as these problems can affect the flower production. In the summer, plants can be prone to pests like slugs and aphids and diseases like powdery mildew.
By following these simple tips, your flowers should bloom all summer long!