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Summertime Tips for Your Garden
By Nancy King


  • Annuals: Plants that can take summer heat include salvia, torenia, wax begonia, ornamental pepper, celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus.
  • Bulbs: Some lilies do better when their roots are crowded. Try planting Amazon, Aztec, and Clivia lilies in containers to increase blooming
  • Herbs: Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon and rosemary.  Pinch back regularly to prevent flowering and enhance branching.
  • Vegetables: Southern favorites to plant now are okra, southern peas, sweet potato, and Malabar spinach. It is too late to plant tomatoes.


  • Pests: Watch for thrips, scale, and mites on ornamental plants because they become more active in warm weather.
  • Gardenias: Distinguish between the normal yellowing of older leaves and the yellowing of new growth, which usually indicates a micronutrient deficiency.
  • Oleanders: Inspect chewed or ragged leaves for oleander caterpillars at work. Hand pick, if possible.
  • Lawns: Watch for damage from chinch bugs in St. Augustine grass and begin scouting for newly hatched mole crickets in bahia grass lawns. Do not mistake irrigation problems with a pest infestation.
  • Trees: Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weak branches and pruning, if needed.
  • Pruning: Lightly prune summer-flowering shrubs, like hibiscus, oleander, and crapemyrtle, during the warmer months because they bloom on new growth. Azaleas can still be pruned until the middle of next month without harming next spring's buds.


During these "dog days", full of hot temperatures punctuated with intermittent rain, gardeners can lose the motivation to get out there and get things done. One task, deadheading, can make a huge difference in the appearance of your landscape without a whole lot of effort.

The act of deadheading is the removal of individual blooms or flowering stalks that are past their prime. Once proper deadheading is performed, new growth will emerge from the trimmed area. Oftentimes, this new growth is another single flower or flower cluster.  

The Landscape Garden Club

The Villages Landscape Garden Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month, September through May. The next meeting is:

Monday, September 16th
2:30 3:30 p.m.
Laurel Manor Recreation Center

This will be the first meeting for the Landscape Club since May.

Plant Exchange & Door Prize

We will be doing a plant exchange table at this meeting. Bring plants to share with other members. Please attach a small note to the plant or container to identify the plants. Come join us for our meeting in September, which will be Monday, September 16th.

For questions or information call Kyle at 352-751-1324.

Have a great summer!
Nancy King