Things to do in the garden:
Prune jasmines, banksia roses, deutzias and spiraeas after flowering.

Keep emerging summer bulbs moist and start feeding them with bulb fertiliser as soon as their leaves begin unfolding.

Stake tall perennials to stop them from toppling in strong wind. Also check that standard roses are securely tied to their stakes.

Water hydrangeas regularly and feed once again with a specific fertiliser to encourage blue flowers.

Mulch those beds close to your entertainment areas with bark or peach pips. It looks pretty and professional, keeps the weeds out and keeps the soil cool and moist.

Dig compost and bonemeal into bare patches and sow seeds of quick-maturing summer flowers, such as marigolds, cosmos, ageratums, sunflowers and zinnias.

Twist off the spent flower heads of rhododendrons and azaleas and mulch with composted bark, or garden compost. Feed with an acid feed.

Eat your flowers. They make a summer salad look pretty. Add some begonias, daylilies, hibiscuses, borage, nasturtiums and pineapple sage to your garden for culinary use.

Plant up tubs, containers and hanging baskets for a blaze of colour throughout the summer.

Keep an eye out for pests around the garden. Try to keep the use of chemical controls to a minimum − they may kill off pests, but they also kill off the beneficial insects that prey on them such as ladybirds.

Marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum) bloom profusely in the cooler months like spring, but tend to lose steam when it becomes hot in summer. To encourage another great flower flush in autumn you need to give them a light prune by removing dead flowers and some stems.

Visit your nearest nursery for all the latest agapanthus varieties to add to your collection. It is also a good month to plant star jasmines, hibiscus, carnations, aquilegias, rudbeckias, echinaceas, gardenias and bougainvilleas.

Wilting plants can be an indication of too little water due to an inefficient irrigation system with sprinklers missing some spots. Check out the whole system for malfunctioning parts and leaks.

Spring Summer Garden Calendar - November
Spring Summer Garden Calendar - November
Spring Summer Garden Calendar - November
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