Gardening tips for August from our team at Tong Garden Centre

The temperatures are rising!! August is usually one of the hottest months of the year and traditionally a month we like to spend basking in the sunshine. It's also a month we usually like to spend enjoying a well earned holiday so, when you are at home, our team at Tong have put together a few hints and tips to help you in the garden this month...

In the hottest (hopefully) of months, continue to water your plants every day or install an automatic watering system. Well-established plants may not need regular watering but newly planted ones, bedding plants and plants in containers will need watering daily.

Water rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas to ensure they successfully set buds now to flower next year. Giving them a good feed will also produce more and better flowers.

Many summer-flowering plants that have finished flowering can be cut back now and may produce further flushes of flowers. After pruning, give the plants a quick pick-me-up by watering on a high potash liquid feed.

Pests and diseases thrive in hot weather, so check plants regularly for tell-tale signs. Treat promptly to manage the problem, our garden care team can advise on the best product for the job.

August is the best time to take cuttings from half-hardy bedding plants such as fuchsias, pelargoniums, marguerites and trailing petunias. Ask our team in store if you need any help.


Start planning that new border! Look for plants with a long flowering period and those that have two or more seasons of interest with flowers, fruit, colourful stems and interesting foliage. Choose plants with different foliage colours and shapes, and remember that while evergreens help bring structure and winter interest they may need livening up. Use winter and spring bedding plants to increase the seasons of interest, and plant bulbs for extra splashes of colour.


Our spring flowering bulbs will start arriving in store and the choice is wonderful. From tulips, muscari, fritillary and daffs to alliums, snowdrops and crocus, these wonders works their magic over winter to bring a colourful display. Plant with bulb fibre to encourage fast root growth.

As always, if you have any questions or queries just speak to our team in-store or email us at