Summer Gardening

summer gardening
Summer is one of the best seasons on the Cape, it’s a perfect time to relax and enjoy watching your garden grow. But there are still a few things that you can do to help your garden during the summer. Read below for more information.

Who can take the heat? When the temperatures and humidity are rising there are some plants that thrive and love it! Daylilies, Yarrow, Echinacea, Nepeta (aka Cat Mint), and our late bloomer Hibiscus (to name a few) enjoy the heat and humidity. These perennial plants will bloom brightly year after year. Stop by our garden centers to see these plants and many others that show off in the summer months. 
Remove dead flowers you notice on your perennials and flowering shrubs. By clearing out these flowers it allows the plant to focus its energy on new flowers. Some flowering annuals tend to get “leggy” in the midsummer heat. Many varieties can get cut back a bit and follow up with a bloom-friendly fertilizer.
Water your plants carefully. Deep watering a few times a week is more beneficial to the plant than swallowing short sips once a day. It’s best to water your plants when it is cooler outside, ideally in the morning before the hot sun beats down. Keep a close eye on them, they will tell you when something is wrong. Drooping can be a sign of under or overwatering. The best technique to water your plants is low to the ground or planter. Try not to get a lot of water on the foliage or flowers, it can cause damage and lead to disease issues. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation are also ideal ways to quench your garden’s thirst. 

Help the pollinators. 🦋  Butterfly bushes attract pollinators and provide much needed late-season food for our favorite butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Adding some pollinator-attracting annuals to your perennial garden will also help! 🐝
If your plants are showing insect damage and require an application of pest control such as Neem oil, spinosad, or permethrin, apply in the early morning or at dusk when pollinators are not active and the weather is dry and calm. 

Watch out for disease. It’s important to catch any diseases early especially on your roses, hydrangeas, and garden flocks. They can get powdery mildew, black spot, and other common summer diseases, but with the proper treatments, it can be fixed. Ask anyone in the garden centers about the best treatment for your plant, take a picture to show them.

For any lawn and garden questions or concerns, feel free to pop into one of our Agway locations in Orleans, Dennis, and Chatham and talk to our experts in green!