The Shrub and Tree Garden in Mid Summer
Early summer and mid-summer are the mainfor large-flowered, cluster-flowered and , old and new. The latter flower in mid-summer and some kinds will continue to flower for the rest of the summer, following their first heavy flush of blooms. Some of the climbers are repeat-flowering, too.
Mid-summer is also the time when there is a new wave of shrub-blooming; after the spring flowers, the fuchsias, hydrangeas, hypericums, hebes, hibiscus and many other plants which prefer summer warmth come into their own and decorateall over again. Fruit, such as , and the very earliest and apples will begin to ripen. Towards the end of mid-summer in sheltered places, picking of the early varieties of , and can start.
Much of the month’s work consists of routine jobs but pruning takes on a new pattern, as the restrictedbegin to need their summer cutting, cherries require their annual pruning and the hybrid tea and floribunda roses need treatment after flowering. There will still be a little pruning of flowering shrubs, left over from early summer, and some may need trimming.
If you have plants which you would like to increase, mid-summer is the time to start taking what are known as semi-ripefrom shrubs, and to start budding roses. It is also a good time to order new stock from the nurseries, to make sure that it arrives when you want it to, in the autumn.