August Garden Thoughts

Take time to sit back, relax and enjoy your late summer garden in all its glory!  Gather your family together and celebrate this beautiful summer season as it draws to a close.  Invite friends and neighbors over to show off your beautiful creations and celebrate all your hard work!

If you can’t sit back and relax…there is plenty to do….

Looks like August is going to finish with a streak of 90 degree days, so keep up with the watering.  Sometimes twice a day unless we get some relief as daily clouds may roll in with a little monsoon rain at this time of the year.  And the nighttime temperatures will be cooling off.  Lots of beautiful flowering weather ahead.

Don’t get caught over-watering when temps cool down again.

Keep up with your regular fertilizer regime.

Get a second bloom from many tired annuals such as petunias and calibrachoas by cutting them back now with a sharp pair of garden shears and then fertilizing with Jack’s fertilizer. Fresh flowers will arrive in a couple of weeks.

August perennials are rich with color and they really begin showing up all over now!  Look at your perennial gardens at home.  What do you see?  Look at the neighborhood landscapes including roadway medians and business landscapes.  What do you see?  With just a few additions to your garden, you can be enjoying those rich fall tones as well.

Most everybody is familiar with Goldstrum Rudbeckia, the Black-eyed Susan daises.  You will see them all around town now.  Why?  Because they are hardy, dependable, easy to care for perennial plants that reliably bloom in August.  Right about the time we are beginning to sense a change in the seasons and in the mood for a little touch of fall.

Looking for an addition or alternative to Black-eyed Susans?  Visit Creek Side to see and select other plants with flowers that your garden is missing this time of the year.  Consider Gaillardia Blanket Flower, Coreopsis Tickseed, Aster Daisy, Agastache Hyssop and ornamental grasses as additions to your garden to help keep it looking colorful all season long!

Still time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials for that landscape project you have been thinking about. Check out our incredible selection!  Fresh crop of shrubs and very nice trees ready to go!