August is the month to sit in the shade with a glass of ice tea and observe the mature garden you have brought to life again this year. Gardens are amazing as they change and grow all summer.
A few of my favorite long blooming perennials are now in full swing. Rudbeckia Goldstrum (black-eyed susan) is going strong as well as all the beautiful garden phlox. At Pahl’s, we especially like the flame series garden phlox. They grow to be 14 inches in height and are very resistant to powdery mildew. These are beautiful plants that bloom for 6 to 8 weeks every summer. As with most perennials, if you remove spent flowers, known as deadheading, you will promote more blooms to appear. Russian sage is glorious in August, waves of lavender fragrance grace the tall stems as they blow in the summer breezes.
Following are a few tips for August gardening:
- Mow your lawns to a height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Longer grass creates its own shade and conserves moisture.
- Keep the water in your birdbaths fresh and clean. Algae grows fast in warm water and the birds need clean water to drink.
- Watch that your planters and hanging baskets don’t dry out. On some hot days you may need to water twice daily.
- Give your trees and shrubs an inch of water each week. A good deep watering once a week promotes good deep root growth.
- Now is the time to keep a good eye on your vegetable garden. Harvest veggies daily to pick everything at its peak. Zucchini is one vegetable that I keep a close eye on. They can grow a foot overnight and I prefer using small ones.
- Look around your yard for a spot to plant a new tree or shrub. Early Fall is a great time to plant.
- Look out for insect damage. If you find problems, we can help recommend products to take care of them. We carry organic as well as chemical insecticides.
- Last, but certainly not least, enjoy what you have created in your landscape this year.
It is always an honor to help you each year with your gardens!