In dry continental and highveld summer-rainfall regions do the following the garden.


       Plant & Sow

         Annuals

  • Sow all summer-flowering annuals like:
    • Sow seed of Cinerarias, Iceland poppies, Pansies, Primulas, Violas Lobularia also known as Alyssum, Dianthus (pinks), Foxgloves, Petunias, Snapdragons,
      Hollyhock (Alcea rosea), Virginian stocks, Nasturtiums, Verbena hybrids.  
  • Border your flowers beds with Stachys byzantina (lamb’s ears) with velvety silver-grey leaves so cooling in a summer garden and so soft to the touch.

         Vegetables

beetroot

Beetroot

Broccoli

Broccoli

Parsnips

Parsnips

Lettuce

Lettuce

Leeks

Leeks

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

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Carrots

         General garden maintenance

  • Spray apples, pears and quinces against codling moth, and peaches against fruit fly.
  • Water citrus trees well every three weeks and spray against citrus psylla; water other fruit trees thoroughly every second week.
  • Deadhead daisy bushes regularly to prolong their flowering period; remember to disbud dahlias at regular intervals.
  • Keep the soil well mulched.
  • Consider installing a rainwater tank. Many container grown plants do best if watered with rainwater.
  • Stake dahlias and water and fertilize them regularly.
  • Mulch roses well.
  • Cut back chrysanthemums.
  • Deadhead roses regularly.
  • Sow lawn seed.
  • Transplant primula seedlings.
  • Prepare trenches for sweet peas.
  • Feed and mulch hydrangeas, and remove the dead flowerheads from the bushes.
  • Spray apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums against fruit fly; and apples, pears and quinces against codling moth.
  • Water citrus every three weeks in dry weather, and spray with insecticide.
  • Feed fruit trees after the fruit is harvested.

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