{August} in the CUTTING GARDEN 

The height of summer, borders and beds are brimming with blooms. It's time to enjoy the abundance, take stock and look ahead to another season.

{Things to do} THIS MONTH /August 

Enjoy the ABUNDANCE of SUMMER   

  • Keep picking cut-and-come-again annuals like cosmos and zinnias to keep them producing blooms.

  • Continue feeding dahlias to encourage them to flower up until the first frosts. Check their supports regularly to prevent stems from damage.   

  • If you’d like to harvest rosehips in autumn, leave the flowers of some of your roses in place so they will develop into fruit.

  • Allow seed pods to form and ripen and collect seed for next year. 

  • Prune rambling roses after flowering (unless they are repeat flowering).

  • Trim lavender bushes after flowers have faded to keep the plants compact.

  • Divide clumps of bearded irises so that they have time to form a good root system before the cold weather. It's also the perfect time to buy them if you haven't already got any.  

Make a START on NEXT YEAR'S garden  

  • Keep a careful eye on direct sown biennials - they can easily dry out at this time of year. Prick out any biennial seedlings sown in trays and move them on to cell trays or larger pots ready for planting out next month.

  • There’s still time to take cuttings from perennials and shrubs like hydrangeas, geraniums and penstemons.

  • Order hardy annual seed like ammi, cerinthe and orlaya grandiflora for sowing next month.  

PLAN ahead for a BOUNTIFUL garden   

  • Keep making notes of your successes and more importantly, your failures as the season progresses. Think about timings, what could you improve on for next year to extend the season even more? Did you get the mix of flowers v foliage right? 

  • Photographs taken now of your borders will be invaluable come winter time when you’re trying to plan next year’s planting. Did you get the spacings right? Could you do with less or more plants next year? 

  • Take time to indulge in the planning of your spring garden and get your spring bulb order in early so you are able secure the varieties you really want – popular varieties sell out quickly.

{July} in the CUTTING GARDEN 


Clare is a professional stylist and photographer and author with a passion for flowers. She runs one-to-one workshops, group mentoring programmes & online courses. She is founder of A Flower-FIlled Life.   

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