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August in the garden.....

By now, you should be reaping the rewards from all your hard work in the garden, these past few months. Keep deadheading, feeding and watering to encourage new growth, and fill in any gaps in the borders with colourful and interesting hardy perennials like Penstemon, Astilbe, Helenium and Agapanthus. We are very proud of selection of Perennials at the moment, and can offer over 300 varieties to choose from.

Summer Flowering Perennials.....

Add colour, texture and interest to your flower beds and borders from April to November with a selection of herbaceous perennials. They often attract bees and butterflies to their blooms, and make great cut flowers too. As they are incredibly versatile they can be used as fillers between shrubs, planted as groundcover beneath trees, grown in containers or planted on their own to create a classic herbaceous border. An easy alternative to annual flowers, returning each year and growing larger as they mature.

If planted early in the year, they give an almost instant impact, while slower-growing trees and shrubs are getting established. Equally, they can often be easily moved if they are put in the wrong position.


Penstemon King George V. - Large, scarlet flowers with a striped throat from summer well into winter. HEIGHT: 75cm. SPREAD: 45cm

Penstemons are versatile and elegant plants contiuously producing spikes of showy, foxglove-like flowers in a wide range of colours from late spring to early summer until stopped by the autumn frosts. 

They are attractive to bees and other pollinating insects and have the added bonus of being slug resistant.

They are ideal for containers or borders and will thrive in a moist but well drained soil in sun or semi-shade. Protect plants during the winter with a dry mulch of bracken or composed bark or peat.

Spring Flowering Bulbs.....

The spring-flowering bulbs will be arriving soon. As well as some NEW and interesting varieties this year, there will be a good selection of the traditional favourites.

              MUSCARI MOUNT HOOD - (Grape Hyacinth) A small, clump-forming bulbous perennial with linear basal foliage and spikes of densely-packed, tubular flowers that are blue with the exception of those at the top of the spike which are white.

Fruit Trees.....

August is an excellent time to plant fruit trees. To help you choose the right one, the Fruit Tree Availability List has just been updated.


DISCOVERY - (Bush Eating Apple) Pale green fruit flushed bright red. Crisp and juicy. Perhaps the finest early apple. Delicious when eaten straight from the tree.


PICK: August


Elgar is a NEW variety added to our clematis collection this year. It won the GOLD MEDAL NEW PLANTS AWARD at the National Plant Show.  

If you are looking for a particular variety of Clematis, we have just updated our availability list, which shows you the wide range of Patio, Hybrid and Species clematis we have available.


ELGAR - Beautiful, deep pink-violet, double, nodding spiky-bell flowers, almost beetroot in colour. Flowers late March to May. 



Continue to regularly dead-head your clematis at this time of year, to encourage growth and feed with a slow release fertiliser such as Vitax Clematis Feed or Vitax Q4.

Other Plants available at this time of year.....

Sugar Rush Wallflowers, Blue Forget-me-nots, outdoor cyclamens and heathers - all are useful for adding colour or fill a gap in borders and containers.

Jobs for.....August

  • Liquid drench your container-grown plants for vine weevil grubs. We recommend Bayer Provado Vine Weevil Killer 2.
  • If you are going on holiday, don't forget to move your potted plants to a shady place to reduce their water requirements. 
  • Harvest maincrop potatoes.
  • Late August is an excellent time to start sowing lawns. The warm soil and overnight dews give the seed a perfect start.
  • Keep deadheading flowering plants such as roses regularly so as to encourage flowering.
  • Prune out fruited canes on summer-cropping raspberries.


For a more extensive list of gardening advice, have a look at the Daleside Garden Calendar for hints and tips, on what you could be doing in the garden at this time of year. We regularly update the calendar with details of activities for the coming months. Regularly updated lists showing all the plants and trees we have in stock (subject to availability)

It is well worth viewing our online Gallery, for anyone who appreciates the beauty of plants and flowers. All the photographs are taken by our in-house photographer and are available to purchase.

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