July Gardening Advice 2019

We’re hoping July treats us with some nicer weather than June did ☔️. This month hosts two of the biggest gardening events of the year with the RHS Hampton Court Flower show, which Hedges Direct are proud to be supporting some show gardens in this year and the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.

Prune June-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela after flowering. Prune deciduous magnolias if necessary. Fast-growing hedges such as Leylandi cypress should be clipped as necessary throughout the growing season. Tie-in climbers and ramblers as they grow. Information provided by the RHS

Take cuttings from perennials like fuchsias, to increase your plant stock.

Bee’s are a hot topic this year with the decline in numbers so it’s important more than ever to make sure we are giving them a helping hand in our gardens. When it comes to bee-friendly plants, your choices are not limited but we are spoilt for choice. Firstly, set aside a space in your garden dedicated to plants for bees, if you notice one plant in particular is popular then make note to add in more! Fragrant plants such as Lavender and Rosemary are very popular with bee’s, they also look very attractive in bloom! Flowering species such as dog roseCeanothusBird Cherry and Crab Apple.

To view all of our flowering hedging range please see here. Let’s get planting and welcoming bee’s into our gardens!

Water, water, water! We know we’ve just had one of the wettest June’s in history, but make sure you keep on top of watering if the weather warms up to ensure newly planted trees and shrubs do not dry out. They often need much more water than people imagine.

Remember to water at night so the sunlight does not scorch the leaves and make sure it reaches the root, many people think the soil above being wet is enough but plants need a good drink at their roots to survive.

Have a thorough weed. If you haven’t time, at least snap off the flowers so they don’t get the chance to spread their seed.

Another thing to do in the gardens this month is to enjoy being in the garden! We recognise that gardening isn’t what everyone wants to be doing in this heat so make sure you just sit and enjoy being in the garden. Keep on top of watering and we can all catch up on the odd jobs once the weather has cooled down. Stick that barbie’ on and enjoy this weather whilst it lasts!

3 cocktails you can make from the garden

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Full of flavour, all you’ll need to make a Rosemary Gin Fizz drink is fresh Rosemary, lemon juice, honey, gin and sparkling water. It only takes a few minutes to make so it’s the perfect choice for a garden party. Cut the fresh Rosemary into three one-inch sprigs, and mix together ½ teaspoon of honey and the juice of one lemon in a drinking glass. Pour in the gin and sparkling water, give it a stir, and add some ice.

Lavender Lemonade

Easy to grow and with a beautiful aroma, Lavender is full of goodness. If you’re tired of your average lemonade recipe, this is a great recipe to try, and a good alternative for the kids too.

Lavender Lemonade is very easy to make. All you need is Lavender sprigs, lemon juice, sugar and water. Bring one litre of water to the boil in a large saucepan until 1 ½ cups of sugar have dissolved. Squeeze the juice of about six lemons into the mix, before sprinkling in some fresh Lavender flowers. When it cools, the drink can be served with ice and garnished with lemon slices and Lavender sprigs for decoration.

Elderberry Sparkling Wine

For a drink that is perfect for the daytime, with a meal, or in the evening, try mixing up your favourite wine with delicious Elderberry syrup. Elderberries are high in Vitamin C so if you’re not a fan of citrus, rejoice!

The drink needs to be set for at least 24 hours before you can give it a taste though, so plan this one ahead. To make the Elderberry syrup, boil 1 cup of water with ¼ cup of dried Elderberries on the stove, covering the pot and leaving to simmer for 20 minutes. Once it has cooled, strain the berries, pour the liquid into a bowl and stir in ½ cup of honey. Simply add the cooled syrup to your favourite sparkling wine for a sophisticated summer treat.

Cheers!