Caring For Beautiful Flowering Perennials In High Summer

Summer is a colorful and long-awaited period. But for gardeners, who have to work tirelessly in the garden, and for plants it is also the most difficult season. Heat, drought, weeds, and pests are constant challenges. In the height of summer, all plants need special attention, even the hardiest of perennials. But just them, the best flowering plants in flowerbeds and squares, because of other troubles are often forgotten.

All attention and time in summer is taken away by the garden and favorite fruit garden. And for decorative compositions, favorite flowering crops, often there is neither time nor energy left. But if you want beautiful flowering perennials to please you for many years, bloomed for as long as possible, were healthy and normally develop, attractive look not only their inflorescences, but also their leaves, you should never forget about the decorative garden. After all, summer is just the time when even plants considered virtually invulnerable need your attention.

Caring for beautiful flowering perennials in high summer
Summer care of perennial flowers

Basic care in midsummer

In the height of summer, from late June, in July and early August, the weather prepares a lot of trials for all ornamental plants. The height of summer sunshine, hot temperatures, and little rainfall, except in recent years, become the norm. And when there is no rain for weeks, even the best of the best of the unpretentious perennials need at least minimal attention.

Whether your perennials are growingin flowerbeds, in squares, mixborders, alpine gardens, by ponds, in narrow flower beds along fences or in groups, and even regardless of conditions(in sun, light, semi-shade or shadow they grow), all beautiful flowering plants will need:

  1. Pour waterings in prolonged drought - for plants at the peak of flowering or in the budding stage - for any complete desiccation of the soil. Watering in the peak of summer is not carried out superficially, but deeply soaking the soil, up to the bedding layer of the main roots. Deep watering can be done rarely, with a frequency of 1 time in 7-10 days, but it will still allow plants to stand any temperature, effectively "deliver" water to plants (and it will not evaporate in a matter of seconds). In summer the crust on the ground is formed literally in minutes, and after a few hours there are deep cracks in the soil, aggravating the situation. Soil loosening is necessary to prevent compaction of the upper layer and the formation of a crust, maintaining normal air and water permeability. But it must be done carefully, especially for flowering stars with a superficial root system.
  2. Mulching. Even if you do not have a supply of quality mulch, try to create a protective layer in the root circle for any perennial - at least from grass clippings, peat, compost, etc. Mulch will not only relieve you from weeding, but also allows to use resources better, watering less frequently, prevents compaction of soil, crusting, overheating of roots. Even long-blooming perennials need these three points of care: The period after flowering is crucial for the formation of flower buds for the next year. Not all perennials need them, but only the plants that do not form dense bushes, sods and canopies. Plants in borders and narrow flower beds, plants in seedbeds, newly planted young perennials require obligatory weeding in July. © Francesca Yorke
    Caring for beautiful flowering perennials in high summer
    Mulching a flower bed of perennials. © George Weigel

    Feeding at the height of summer

    Colorful flowering crops that love root feedings would do better to have such a treatment in mid-summer, in July. Foliage feeding will not only increase the number of flowers, but also "freshen up" the plants, because in the heat of the day the increase in humidity will have a beneficial effect on the attractiveness of greenery. Of course, this procedure should not be done in the middle of the day or even in the morning: choose periods with lower temperatures and evening twilight.

    At the beginning of August for all flowering and fading plants it is time to carry out obligatory pre-fall fertilization. Potassium-phosphorous fertilizers, which optimize the processes of flower buds establishment and increase winter-hardiness, improve shoot maturation and strengthen turf, shall be applied in the first half of August.

    Caring for beautiful flowering perennials in high summer
    Fertilizing perennial beautiful flowering plants

    Trimming on flowering plants

    If you have a spare minute do not be lazy to pick or cut off the fading flowers: in the majority of herbaceous perennials the beginning of fructification and seed ripening stops the flowering wave. And if you remove the fading flowers in time, it will not only increase the attractiveness of the plant, but also prolong the total period of flowering.

    The beautifully flowering perennials also need other pruning: spects that have finished their flowering need to remove the flower stems . If perennials develop in the form of a root rosette of leaves, the peduncles are cut off "under the stump", but for plants producing branches and inflorescences on the tops of ordinary foliated stems, only the part that has died off is removed.

    Caring for beautiful flowering perennials in high summer
    Trim the wilted flowers

    Care for individual species

    Don't forget the Moorish lawn and groundcovers in July. If they have already bloomed by the sunset, you should mow them at the start of the month or at least until the middle of the month so that your alternative lawn will continue to look dense and beautiful. Favorite watercolor beauties in the last decade of July not only divided, but also transplanted to new places. When dividing and planting it is very important not to forget about the level of burial of bearded irises: the "neck" of the rhizome of these perennials should remain on the soil surface, do not deepen it. The depth of planting is especially important for young dividers - spatulae with a fan of leaves, representing annuals.

    Mid August is the time to divide classic herbaceous stars. The favorite peonies, phlox and Co on the eve of autumn you can transplant to new places and divide into several smaller bushes. This still gives the plants time to adapt and mature for winter. Later division is undesirable.

    Planting seedlings of perennial flowers

    In late summer, starting from the second decade of August, there is an optimal period of planting in a permanent place not only sprouts of biennials but also herbaceous perennials grown from seeds. At this time it is time to plant or create new arrangements of primrose, asters, daisies, phlox, delphinium, yarrow, coneflower, carnation, aquilegia, campanula, rudberries, pyrethrums and other flowers. © Travel Ink

    Not perennials alone

    While you can plant biennials along with perennials in late August, other stars - annual groundcovers - need attention in June and July. If your annuals, which should bloom right up to freezing temperatures, are clearly nearing the end of their flowering period, it is best to take some action immediately - prune them to encourage the development of new shoots, water abundantly and lightly feed the plants. After some time, the summer plants will bloom again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Fields marked with * are required. *