With the great winds of change upon us, dare we say the
smell of spring approaches! All your hard work this winter will soon pay off as
August comes to reward the garden with extraordinary blooms in gorgeous
hues for every mood. There’s one more month of cool-season stunners to enjoy
with daisy bushes leading the pack. Make sure to tick off your maintenance
checklist and begin prepping the lawn for
September. Edibles are exciting in August too and there’s much to sow
and munch on. Hold onto your hats and let’s glide right in!
Strikingly crazy for daisies
Colour blast your way through the wind and immerse outdoor beds in bold and brave daisy bushes. The vivid variety of daisy blooms will pop off brilliantly against the winter landscape and are simply stand out additions to the garden. Daisies flourish in containers, beds, and borders that receive full sun. Bushes can be sown and/or planted in autumn for a vibrant August gust of colour. Here are seven striking inspirations:
Daisy do’s: Although performing best during colder climates, daisy bushes will flower repeatedly throughout the year. If you maintain them well with regular watering, feeding with Bio Ocean, and deadheading, your garden will be rewarded with near-constant colour and frequent surprises popping up.
Top tip: Fly over to your GCA Garden Centre and see which crazy daisies are in-store and in bloom now. Don’t forget your compost and organic fertiliser while your there.
More mad blooms to sow now: It’s wakey-wakey to winter beds with marigolds, ageratum, cosmos, lobularia, cleomes, godetias, lavateras, phlox, sunflowers, nicotiana, impatiens and begonia.
Blushing August bulbs to plant now: These summer-flowering bulbs are ready for some rich soil, sun, and water: gladiolus, calla lilies, cannas, spider lilies, George lilies, tuberoses, galtonias, schizostylis, liatris, crocosmias, eucomis, storm lilies, arum lilies, gladiolus and dahlias.
Top tip: Don’t be tempted to cut off the leaves of your spring bulbs just yet. Although they have finished flowering, they need these leaves to make food for the developing bulb.
A rosy reminder: Ensure all roses have been pruned and increase watering. Spray bare stems to kill insect eggs and fungus spores. Relocation and transplanting should also be done now, followed by a good feeding. Visit your GCA Garden Centre for rose care essentials.
Edibles for sowing from seed packets
* Remember to harvest your root veggies : parsnips, turnips, beetroot, carrot and radish.
Edibles for growing from seedlings
*Also remember to top-dress perennial crops such as asparagus.
Ladybugs to the rescue: Our eco-hero of the month is the sweet little ladybug. She may be pretty, but mealybugs, aphids, scale, caterpillars and thrips beware of her deadly munching crunch! These pesky critters are her favourite meals and she’ll make quick work of them too.
Some cold caution: In very cold regions, leave pruning of frost-damaged plants until next month as the affected foliage protects the plant in case of another frostbite attack.
Your GCA Garden Centre is ready to receive your August enthusiasm, so head on over to see what grabs you and sparks your inspiration. Have an extraordinarily rewarding last month of winter and well done for keeping your crops and flowers flourishing. Daisies are your best colourful cover-up for gardens that took a little beating in the cool season. Plant some now and blow away the haters! Life is a Garden, just grow with it.
Source: Life is a Garden