Preparing for summer


Sizzling Success: Essential Summer Gardening Tips for a Thriving Oasis"


As the sun's warm embrace blankets the landscape, summer heralds a time of vibrant growth and flourishing gardens. However, the scorching temperatures and increased daylight hours bring unique challenges for gardeners. To ensure your garden thrives under the summer sun, here are some essential summer gardening tips to keep your outdoor oasis lush, colourful, and resilient.

1. Hydration is Key:

The summer heat can be relentless, making it crucial to keep your plants well-hydrated. Water deeply and consistently, preferably in the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system to deliver water directly to the roots, promoting healthy growth.

2. Mulching for Moisture Retention:

Apply a layer of organic mulch around plants to retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Mulching helps prevent water loss through evaporation, allowing your garden to stay hydrated even during the hottest days.

3. Sunscreen for Soil:

Protect your soil from the intense summer sun by using cover crops, groundcovers, or strategic planting. These techniques help shade the soil, reduce evaporation, and prevent it from becoming too hot, which can stress plant roots.

4. Feeding Frenzy:

Summer is a period of active growth for plants, so they require additional nutrients. Fertilise your garden with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser to provide the essential elements needed for robust development. Follow recommended application rates to avoid over-fertilisation.

5. Prudent Pruning:

Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and health of your plants during the growing season. Remove dead or diseased branches, spent flowers, and any foliage blocking sunlight. Pruning improves air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.

6. Heat-Tolerant Plant Selection:

Opt for heat-resistant and drought-tolerant plants that thrive in the summer conditions. Native plants, succulents, and heat-loving flowers like marigolds and zinnias are excellent choices. Consider grouping plants with similar water needs to streamline your watering routine. Heat tolerance wasn't a consideration for the English Country House in the summer of 2023 as it was generally cold and very wet! The point stands though, especially if you live in warmer climes!

7. Protecting from Pests:

Summer brings out a variety of pests looking to feast on your garden. Regularly inspect your plants for signs of infestation, and implement natural pest control methods. Introduce beneficial insects like ladybugs or perhaps consider using neem oil to deter common pests while maintaining a healthy ecosystem. There is a degree of preparation done during winter and spring to help your plants and flowers reach their full potential in summer.

8. Shade Solutions:

Provide shade for delicate plants, especially those that prefer cooler conditions. Use shade cloth or strategically position taller plants to cast shadows and protect more sensitive varieties from the direct midday sun.

9. Harvesting at the Right Time:

Timing is crucial when it comes to harvesting fruits and vegetables. Harvest during the cooler parts of the day, typically in the early morning or late evening, to ensure optimal flavour and quality.

10. Gardeners' Self-Care:

Don't forget to take care of yourself while tending to your garden. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and garden during the cooler parts of the day to avoid heat-related stress. Get into the shade as much as you need to. Sounds obvious, but Mr English Country House regularly has sunburnt arms! 


With these summer gardening tips, your garden will not only survive but thrive under the sun's intense rays. Embrace the beauty of the season by creating a resilient and vibrant outdoor haven that showcases the fruits of your labour. By adapting your gardening practices to the summer climate, you'll ensure a flourishing and picturesque garden that brings joy throughout the sunny months. Happy gardening!