May Tips for your garden

A summary of jobs to do in April, together with plants to look out for...
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May 6, 2024

May

Tips for your Garden

1st edition

End of May is a good time to plant out summer beeding (annuals) after the last frosts. You can start placing them in any gaps in your borders and beds to give you more colour and interest. Here are some exmaples...

  • Osteospernum- These are hard working annuals that will flower continuously throughout the summer and into the autumn. They are known as 'daisy bushes' and come in all shades of colour.
  • Cosmos- These feathery, floaty flowers are perfect for filling in any gaps. They will weave their way through the rest of your shrubs and perennials creating a wonderful flower border or bed.
  • Californian Poppy- A vibrant shot of ziningy orange. There gorgeous poppies are prolific and will spread and self seed for the following year. Plant them close to Penstemon Sour Grapes or Erysium Bowles Mauve for an amazing colour como!
  • Busy Lizzies- A fabulous, colourful display of flowers from May through to first frosts. Reds, pinks, magenta and white.

Prune early spring flowering shrubs : Now is a good time to cut back and shape your early flowering shrubs (Ribes, Forsythia, Japanese Quince). Once they have flowered you can cut them back to keep them back to size.

Cut back Penstemon : May is now the time to cut back your Penstemon to 1/3, this will encourage new growth and stop the plant from becoming woody.

Start watering during hot spells : From May onwards it can get really warm and less likely to have the frequent showers of April. The best time is to water first thing in the morning or later on in the evening. Water your plants at the base of the plant, close to the soil. This will deliver the water direct to the roots rather than showering the flowers and foliage.

Summer bedding to source in May...

Plants to look out for in May

Astrantia

Hostas

Peonies

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