With the hot, sunny early summer set to continue and many plants now in full growth, make sure they get enough moisture.
This is particularly important for any plants you have recently planted out and plants in containers – even if it were to rain, the foliage might well deflect the rain away from the pot.
Dahlias, cannas and begonias can now be safely planted out, if you have not done so already, but keep them well watered in hot weather.
Prune early flowering shrubs such as Deutzia, Kolkwitzia, Weigela and Philadelphus after they have finished flowering. If this job is left too late, the new growth put on after pruning may not have sufficient ripening time to flower well next year.
Wildlife in the garden
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