What to Do in Your Garden in July. (Checklist Mountain)

By Tatroe, Marcia | Sunset, July 2002 | Go to article overview

What to Do in Your Garden in July. (Checklist Mountain)


Tatroe, Marcia, Sunset


PLANTING

* DRESS UP PERENNIAL BEDS. When spring-blooming perennials such as bleeding heart, fernleaf peony, and Oriental poppy go dormant in summer, cut off their yellowed foliage and fill the gaps with container-grown annuals. Dig the planting holes for the annuals to the side of the perennials, being careful not to disturb their roots.

* PLANT IRISES. Set out rhizomes in soil amended with compost; water in well. One good mail-order source for irises, including bearded types and arilbred hybrids, is Willow Bend Farm (970/835-3389 or www.willowbendirisfarm.com), based in Eckert, Colorado.

* REPLACE COOL-SEASON ANNUALS. Cool-season annuals such as clarkia, Iceland poppy, lobelia, pansy, and stock can't stand intense summer heat. When they start looking ragged, pull them out and replant beds and containers with heat-loving annuals such as gazania, globe amaranth, gloriosa daisy, Madagascar periwinkle, marigold, petunia, portulaca, sunflower, and zinnia.

MAINTENANCE

* CARE FOR CONTAINER PLANTS. In really hot weather, check containers daily and water when they start to dry out. Feed weekly with a liquid fertilizer. If annuals become leggy, cut their stems back by half to invigorate plants and restore their shape.

* CONTROL SLUGS. Slime trails and nibbled foliage are telltale signs that slugs have been eating your plants. Slugs are night feeders that hide out of sight in the mulch by day. To trap them, place damp, loosely rolled up newspapers in the garden at night. …

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