The 4th of July is right around the corner, and whether hosting company or celebrating elsewhere, now is the time to finish your garden with a pop, bang and wow with color and decorative accents.
Many gardeners consider the 4th of July to be the height of the season; and believe it or not, days are already getting shorter as the season creeps toward fall. So leading up to the forth, take a quick walk through the gardens, review the initial design and look for plants that maybe just didn’t turn out as planned.
Remember to take a holistic view of the garden. This is a personal paradise and notice what colors might still need to be added to achieve that individual haven.
After review, pay a visit to the local greenhouse, nursery or garden center. At this time of year, most varieties are no longer available in smaller 4” sizes, as they’ve grown and are now potted in 6“, 8”, or larger sizes.
They have basically completed the launch of the early growing phases and are now offering plants they will immediately enhance an existing garden. A good nursery should be able to help you fill the remaining holes in the garden and suggest great replacement plants for those vacant spaces.
This is the time of year also where all the hard work is done and is a great opportunity to add some flair to the landscape. Maybe a trellis, garden gnomes or decorative concrete figurines. Other suggestions include adding a bistro set to enjoy the warm summer evenings, bird baths or strategically placing flowering containers throughout the yard.
Containers come in all sizes and shapes and once they are filled with favorite plants, they can easily be moved around the garden to fill spots that need help.
With a little time and effort, the summer garden should be completed, blooming and flourishing just in time for the 4th of July. This is the time to take a short breather, sit back and celebrate a little independence from garden work, even if it’s just for a week or two.