• Water tubs and new plants when dry
  • Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowering
  • Pick courgettes before they become marrows
  • Cut back plants in baskets to encourage new growth and help revive tired displays.
  • Cut back delphiniums and geraniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage a second flowering period. Feed after cutting them back.
  • Deadhead flower borders regularly to prolong flowering. Disbud and dead-head dahlias if growing for large blooms. Leave roses that produce attractive hips.
  • Plants like alpines, with a carpet-like growth habit, can become patchy, with central areas dying off. These patches can be in-filled with gritty compost, to encourage re-growth.
  • Prop up tall perennials such as lupins, delphiniums and gladioli if staking was neglected earlier in the season.
  • Prune June-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela after flowering. Prune deciduous magnolias if necessary.
  • Tie-in climbers and ramblers as they grow.
  • Ensure newly planted trees and shrubs do not dry out. They often need much more water than people imagine
  • Remove rose suckers and tree suckers.

Remove rose suckers and tree suckers.