August is in its middle, so if you miss some care about your flower garden, it is still not too late to do it. For any questions, do contact your local professional gardener for proper advice and help.
Place the sprinklers on the irrigation system in the middle of the garden and turn on the tap for half an hour. To check how deeply it has absorbed the water, dig a hole with a shovel. If the top layer at a depth of 15-20 cm has darkened and become muddy, then you can stop the sprinkler system. To protect some more sensitive plant species from fungal diseases, water them with a watering can without a grid, being careful not to wet their leaves.
If your lawn grass has grown a lot during the holidays, you should mow it at least three times: first at a height of 10-12 cm, after a week – at 7-8 cm, and after another seven days – up to 4-5 cm.
August is wonderful with flowering ornamental grasses. Planted in a composition with other perennial blooms and roses, the grasses show their delicate silky inflorescences with finesse and elegance. The different species of Miscanthus, reaching up to 100-150 cm, are attractive. height. Miscanthus is cold-resistant and has a wonderful autumn color. Also attractive are Pennisetum, Stipa, Panicum.
Various annuals and perennials bloom in the flower garden. They enjoy a variety of colors and shapes of the Virgin, zinnia, tagetes, calendula and many others, but left without care will quickly lose their charm. It should be watered to keep the soil loose and free of weeds. The primrose (Primula acaulis), which has been grown for 3-4 years in the same place, has formed many rosettes. Now the rhizome must be divided and the new plants planted in a suitable place.
In the second half of the month they reproduce by dividing the rhizome and perennial asters and delphiniums, phlox and peony. Towards the end of the month, it is proper to prepare the places for planting violets, daisies, forget-me-nots and others, for which the seedlings, thanks to the good August care, will be ready for planting soon.
August is also the month in which the Hodge tulip (Fritillaria) is planted. Find a sunny place for it and do not forget to think about the fact that the plants should be harmoniously combined with the surrounding specimens of the flora. Keep in mind that the hodgepodge tulip grows from 60 to 100 cm, so the distance between the plants should not be less than half a meter. Dig a hole 30-40 cm deep. Fill the bottom with drainage sand 10 cm thick and plant the bulbs in it. This sand cushion will prevent root rot, which is common in fritillary if there is water stagnation around them. Then fill the pit with soil that you have previously mixed with burnt compost.
Suitable for the northern side of your home or under the tree, in the shade are the wonderful perennials – hosta, astilbe, aconitum, medunitsa, goryanche. They are not afraid of the lack of direct sunlight and bloom profusely. The group is complemented by and from Rodgersia – a powerful herbaceous perennial plant with embossed leaves. We can offer you another option: make a stylized forest corner in the shade. Plant in it, for example, ferns, and from the grass – plastic (Deschampsia). The mysterious forest spirit of the corner will give the stones and the remains of old trees covered with moss and lichen.
In a shady place on moist, nutrient-rich soil will grow well and last up to 10 years without transplanting. However, the rhizomes of the bush will grow in height and become woody, and the plant will grow old. You can divide it with a sharp garden knife so that each part has rhizomes with roots and a few buds. Cut the leaves. Plant in a new place in the shade. The distance between the plants should be 30-50 cm, depending on their height.