Your Southern Summer Growing Checklist

Get the most out of your garden this summer with this easy-to-follow growing guide on what blooms to plant and when to grow them. From Black-Eyed Susans in the heat of June to Rose of Sharons in the August sunshine, you'll find gardening advice for each month, as well as tips for taking advantage of your Southern greenspace.

Summer Growing Checklist


Plant Black-Eyed Susans

  • These bright yellow blooms will cheer up any border.

  • Plant seeds or transplants in sunny spots with well-drained, slightly moist soil.

Grow Caladiums

  • For dependable color in shade, caladiums can't be beat.

  • The leaves come in a variety of colors and pair well with impatiens, ferns, and creeping fig.

Mulch New Plantings

  • Apply shredded bark or pine straw around newly planted trees and shrubs.

  • This reduces water loss and heat stress on new roots.

Give Birds A Break

  • Relocate birdbaths to a shady spot to keep water from becoming hot.

  • Place near a small tree or large shrub to give birds shelter.

Water Plants

  • Hanging baskets and containers dry out quickly with higher temperatures.

  • Irrigate plants at dawn and dusk to reduce water loss from evaporation.

Plant A Perennial

  • Purple coneflower will bloom year after year.


Plant Mandevilla

  • Use as a focal point around a pool or patio in full to part sun.

  • Blooms will last until first frost.

Cut Back Annuals

  • Trim leggy plants so they will be full in the fall.

  • Water and then fertilize with a slow-release, granular product.

Pinch Herbs

  • Frequently trim basil, rosemary, and thyme to keep in full production.

Adjust Your Mower Blade

  • Raise the cutting height of your mower by 1 to 1.5 inches.

  • Tall turf shades the soil, slows evaporation, and reduces weed growth.


Plant Rose Of Sharon

  • This deciduous shrub loves hot weather.

  • It’s also attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.


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