Maintaining your summer garden: my expert tips


What a cracking year it’s been (so far!) for summer bedding plants. The warm weather in June has really spurred them on and our geraniums (which can sulk a bit in prolonged rain), have been especially good.

With a bit of care (and, of course, a dash of continuing decent weather), our displays can get even better in the following weeks. Here’s my top tips to get the very best from them:

  • It’s important to keep your plants well watered. If you let them continually dry out for a few days, then give them loads of water, the plants tend to stop/start their growth so they never fulfill their potential.
  • Just as crucial is regular feeding. All summer bedding plants, including fuchsias, petunias and begonias need that potash! Twice weekly feeding with Flower Power will make a huge difference to their performance.
  • Remove the finished flowers as they begin to fade. This helps prevent those flowers from going to seed (which can slow or stop flowering) and the added benefit is that regular deadheading helps tidy up the plant.
  • If any of the plants are getting a bit too vigorous and start overpowering the others, then simply trim them back a bit. This will help restore a bit of balance to the display.

With a bit of care, your summer bedding plants can continue to delight until the end of September. Please do take pictures of them at their peak, especially if you’ve been using flower Power to feed them. I love seeing your garden pictures and , who knows, I might end up showing them on QVC next season!

Happy gardening,


1 Comment

  1. Teri July 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Richard love you but please change your garden competition promo , the year is TWENTY 17 !!!! Thank you Teri in London xx

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