Mid-August Garden Update from the RHS
We are nearly half way through August, and there is always so much colour to enjoy in the garden at this time, as well as many jobs to do too!
Looking for something striking for large containers? Agapanthus are excellent plants that provide colour through August and into September with their vivid flowers and attractive seed heads. They have strap-shaped leaves from which straight, slender stems emerge producing a fantastic head of very deep blue flowers. Take a look at Agapanthus ‘Midnight Blue’, which is shorter than some, reaching around 40cm (16in) tall. They thrive in full sun and enjoy free-draining soil that is moist and fertile. They make great container specimens and actually prefer their roots being restricted in a pot.
Now’s the time to start pruning fruit trees after harvesting. Summer prune sideshoots on restricted fruit trees (such as espaliers and fans) to three to four leaves to form fruiting spurs. If necessary, prune nectarines, apricots and peaches after they have fruited, and prune plums, gages and damsons immediately after harvest.
Enjoy free garden visits, personalised advice and discounted shows tickets
Visit the Glasshouse Gallery at RHS Garden Wisley, Surry for wonderful displays of fuchsias and an opportunity to ‘ask the experts’ as The British Fuchsia Society celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Fuchsias in the Glasshouse runs on August 17 and 18.
Grasses experts from Hillier Nurseries will be in the Plant Centre at RHS Garden Rosemoor on August 18. Pop along to see them demonstrating how grasses can be used to great effect, whether in borders, containers or mass plantings. Talks / demonstrations at 11.30am and 2.30pm, will each followed by a brief walk in the Foliage Garden to see grasses growing at Rosemoor. A good selection of grasses will also be available to buy in the Plant Centre.
Listen to the latest RHS podcast
Listen to our latest podcast, where we offer seasonal information, you can hear tips on growing fruit and veg, and get up-to-the-minute help and advice.
Latest posts by Silversurfers Editor (see all)
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!