Harpenden Gardens

August 8th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
August is finally underway and the gardens of Harpenden and St Albans are looking lovely. If you need a bit of inspiration for your green fingers some local gardens are opening their gates later this month.
 
Set in a mature development these two gardens reflect their owner’s individual interests and needs. 2 Barlings Road is packed with unusual plants, shrubs and climbers to provide all year round structure. The colourful courtyard garden with water feature and secluded shade garden add extra interest. 17 The Deerings offers specimen trees, architectural plants, ornamental grasses, herbaceous borders as well as a compact kitchen garden and herb bed.
 
Beesonend Gardens, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2AN  are open on Sunday 14 Aug (2-5.30). Combined adm £5,(for charity).Children free. Home-made teas at 17 The Deerings from 2pm to 5.30.
 
A trip will might inspire you to get on with some of the jobs the Royal Horticulture Society suggest we do in August. When you are at home, take the time to prune summer-flowering shrubs, like Wisteria, don’t put off pruning summer fruits that are trained, keep up with deadheading flowering plants and water your containers and new plants, remember to collect seeds from your plants and harvest the vegetables as they mature, cut out any old fruited canes from your raspberries and lift up and pot rooted strawberry runners for next year and feed the soil with green manures.
 
You might of course simply want to enjoy some relaxation in your Harpenden garden and make the most of any good weather that comes our way.
 
Source : What’s on in Harpenden