It seems like summer is always late arriving and then rushes by much too quickly. Nonetheless, even in mid-July most of us can look forward to another three months of pleasant days outdoors, enjoying our gardens. And, if you have gaps in your garden or want to refresh your containers, this can be a good time to shop for plant bargains at reputable garden centres. Often you can find reasonable prices, especially on annuals, on a wide range of plants.
When you shop for plants at garden centres and nurseries, you can be confident that the plants have been watered and cared for more carefully than might be the case at a big box store where they’re not organized to maintain plants beyond the spring and early summer rush. While many gardeners naturally rush to get their gardens in shape as soon as possible in the spring, planting in midsummer is no problem as long as you look after watering to help new plants get established.
By this time of the growing season, plants for sale can be so well developed that they will make a big impression right away in your garden. And, of course, if there are colour gaps in your garden in midsummer, this is also a good time to stroll through a garden centre to see what’s in bloom now or will be soon.
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