Top 6 Summer Garden Plants
Gardening is a fantastic way to stay active and improve your mental well being. By nurturing plants from seedling to fully grown, you will feel a huge sense of accomplishment. But looking for the perfect thing to plant in your garden can be tricky, as it often depends on the season. So to help you decide, here are Stafftax’s top 6 garden plants for Summer:
With a large variety of colours and shapes available, flowers can be a fantastic way to brighten up your garden. The following flowers are perfect for May or June planting and will bloom the same year.
Sunflowers – These iconic summery flowers will cheer up any garden and are great for gardens with limited space. Make sure to consider the location and variety of your Sunflowers carefully, as they can grow anywhere between 50cm to 3 meters in height. Gardeners world have some useful information on their website to help you decide which variety to pick.
Lavender – This flowering shrub packs a lot of benefits and is a staple in many gardens. Not only does it smell fantastic, it is a great pollinator and by planting it in your garden you also help the conservation of bees. Lavender is perfect for beginners as it is easy to grow and once rooted will thrive in your garden. When picking the perfect spot for your lavender, make sure to allow plenty of space for it to grow. For top lavender tips, check the RHS growing guide.
Cornflowers - A vibrant blue wildflower that can be sowed directly into the ground. These hardy flowers are great for intermediate gardeners, as they are relatively low maintenance. Once in bloom, make sure to remove any wilting buds, to prolong flowering well into the autumn season. May is the final month to sow Cornflowers, to benefit from the blooms the same year.
Now that the risk of frost has passed you can start to sew your vegetables outdoors. With a huge selection of vegetables available it can be difficult to choose what to grow, here are our suggestions for this season.
Carrots - There are several varieties of carrot for you to choose from, with the grow times varying between 10 – 16 weeks depending on which one you go for. They can be sown straight into the ground and are relatively easy to grow, making them perfect for a first time vegetable grower.
Beans – From Runner to French, there are many varieties of beans for you to choose from. Start by sewing your seeds indoors, using one pot per seed and placing them on the windowsill. Once your beans have sprouted and are approximately 3 inches high, you can transfer them to your chosen position in the garden. As the bean plant grows bigger, you will also need to place a wooden steak in the ground for added support.
If you are not “green fingered”, then you may wish to start with some thing slightly easier. Growing a herb garden can be the perfect low maintenance alternative to growing vegetables and equally as useful. Most herbs can start off as indoor plants and once they have outgrown their pots, you can then transfer them into the garden. RHS has a fantastic guide for anyone looking to grow their own herbs, which can be read here.
To make your herb garden as special as possible, plant herbs that you often use in the kitchen. Some of our favourite herbs to grow are: Basil, Rosemary, Parsley and Thyme
Whatever plants you decide to go for, do not forget to research the perfect location and soil type to ensure your plant grows healthy. Once you are done, you can sit back, relax, and watch your wonderful garden grow.
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