July is when the garden is in full performance mode. Absolutely everything is giving its best and waving jazz hands in the air for attention. July's garden is when the birds are singing, the sun is shining and the grass is growing. A truly optimistic month. In this garden tour I'll be showing you how to tweak your overgrown trees, showing you a new water feature, taking fans questions and then giving top tips of gap filler plants. So lets go!

July is usually one of the warmest months here in the UK. As with all weather expectations, it’s not always that predictable and we’ve had our fair share of rain this month. However, I’m a glass-half-full kind of person so at least my wildflower meadow hasn’t needed watering as much!

Either way the garden is absolutely bursting with colour, wildlife, scent and interest. So come join me on this Garden Tour to see what I’ve been upto this month.

Tree Pruning & Styling

You may remember earlier in the year I created a guide on how to crown lift a tree. To let in more light and prevent having to completely cut down trees that are blocking out light.

An overgrown evergreen oak tree before pruning
Before the tree was overgrown with low hanging branches

I finally got round to crown pruning an Evergreen Oak that was in need of some TLC. It’s gone now from being an overgrown bush into a gorgeous multi stem specimen. All within the space of a day!

Garden Ninja pruning a evergreen oak tree
A mult stem pruned tree
Afterwards. The tree is more open and a far nicer shape

I’d highly recommend tweaking trees in this way before you cut them down completely. Not only is this better for the environment but it also means you can completely change the feel of your garden by increasing airflow and light. All of your clippings can be chipped and used in compost so its a really low impact activity in the garden.

Garden Ninja shredding tree prunings

Exploding Atom Garden Focal Point

This month has been a really exciting one with the Exploding Atom Garden finally being finished with a focal point. It’s been a lot of hard work developing this half and acre concept garden from scratch with my bare hands. This month I’ve added a fire pit to the centre of the garden all using reclaimed materials. An upcycling weekend gardening project!

Garden Ninja next to a garden water feature

Not only does it work as a fire pit but my kind husband bought me a solar water pump so it doubles up as a central water feature too! I’m absolutely thrilled with the end result and the trickling sound of water brings a bit of calm to the high drama garden.

A solar powered water feature steel bowl

All of the plants I grew without plastic last year are now looking fantastic and have created a ‘wall of plants’ which the visitor gets immersed in when they reach the centre of the garden. It’s an absolute wildlife magnet!

Fans Garden Questions

As a new segment to this months Vlog Garden Tour I’ve started to include fans questions to this segment. This month I’ve answered the two questions below. Want to know the answers? Well you’ll need to watch the video above!

A gardeners question from Don
Gardeners question about Mildew

Gap Filler Plants

If you’re like me you’ll no doubt have awkward spaces and gaps in certain borders where plants either struggle to grow or there’s not a huge amount of space. I’ve been growing gap filler plants from seed to fill these spaces. I’ve been using two in particular which I’ve been discussing this month.

Garden Ninja with a seed tray full of plants

The first is Rumex sangunieum (Bloody Dock/Sorrel) and the second is Tellima grandiflora. Both are super easy to grow from seed and will work in semi shaded areas. The Sorrel is great for damper areas whereas the Tellima will work in full sun and drier part shade areas.

Garden Ninja holding a sorrel plant
A Telima grandiflora in the garden

I love gap filler plants as they help soften awkward edges and those gaps that draw your attention. I find that ensuring your borders are full with plants also reduces weeding along with increasing the overall ‘flow’ of the garden. So if you’re struggling to get that consistency gap filler plants can really help! Growing them from seed really economical and they establish far faster as smaller seedling needing less water than fully grown plants. So its win win!

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Garden Ninja s garden design sketch

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One thought on “July Garden Tour 2020: Tree Pruning, Fans Questions & Gap Filler Plants

  1. Robbin says:

    Very nice and Informative post. Glad to see this. Thanks for sharing!

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