Sizzling July sees your garden full of beautiful blooms – but long days of hot sun will leave them looking sad and wilted if you don’t keep on top of the watering.

Give your plants a good soak in the early morning before the day hots up, and again at dusk to let them have a long drink overnight.

With so many flowers at their peak in your garden, there should be plenty of pickings for the house – and plucking your garden flowers as well as deadheading regularly will encourage new blooms to form.

Top picks from the garden this month include delicate powder blue Love-in-a-Mist, fragrant roses, pretty sweet peas, the classic cottage garden phlox, stately delphiniums and showy hydrangeas.

Both keen and aspiring gardeners can get more inspiration for their home patch by visiting a flower show, and you’ll find glorious floral displays and advice aplenty at two RHS Flower Shows this month.


The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is the world’s biggest flower show and will be held at Hampton Court Palace from July 4-9.

Beautiful show gardens have been created to inspire gardeners with different interests, there are talks and demos – including some from well-known faces like Monty Don, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Kate Bradbury – and you can take home new blooms from the Plant Village and great new ideas from the Floral Marquee.

Tickets can be bought here.


Later this month, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a fabulous family day out with breath-taking floral displays in stunning parkland from July 20-24.

There’s plenty of gardening inspiration alongside fun family activities and workshops and boutique shopping.

The Small Tatton Gardens have lots of big ideas for small spaces and there will be talks and demonstrations from industry experts.

Tickets can be bought here.