Gardening by the month


Plants in Flower

Crape Myrtle, Rose-of Sharon, Peegee Hydrangea, Abelia, Canna, Dahlias, Trumpet Creeper, Cardinal Flower, Phlox, Butterfly Weed, Cleome, Liriope and Summer Annuals.


  • Strawberries will benefit from a feeding of nitrogen fertilizer this month.
  • Do not fertilize landscape shrubs in August, September, October or November.

    Fertilization in late summer (mid August) should be avoided since it may stimulating late growth that will not harden off before frost. Remember when applying slow-release fertilizers around trees or shrubs to not apply late in the season (after July 15) because they may keep the plant growing rapidly late in the summer. The late season growth may not "harden off" completely, and winter damage may occur.

    Specific Chores in the Garden
  • If you are planning to do some fall landscape planting, be sure you have a planting plan prepared.
  • Continue watering favorite landscape plants and your vegetable garden if dry weather persists.
  • Begin the construction of a compost bin.