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Revive a Tired Garden in Summer

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Does your garden start to look a bit faded by the middle of summer? Hot weather can do that, but you can revive a tired garden.

Here's how to revive a tired-looking garden in summer:

Shear back the fading foliage of spring bulbs. Spring-blooming bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, can look messy once they're done blooming. Wait until the foliage turns yellow or brown, then shear it off near the base of plants. Your garden will look neater, and there will be more space for other plants to grow.

Encourage perennials to rebloom. Deadheading, or cutting off faded flowers, may prompt some summer-blooming perennials to bloom again. Use pruners or shears to snip off faded flowers. Perennials that should rebloom if deadheaded include salvia, coreopsis, and catmint.

Replace fading cool-season annuals in planters and window boxes. Viola, snapdragon, and sweet William may fade as the temperature rises. Switch them out with geranium, petunia, marigold, pentas, and other heat-loving annuals, which will bloom like crazy, summer through to frost.

Amp up the color in garden beds. A hosta garden is lush, leafy, and green, but adding some impatiens or begonias will infuse the setting with a bright mix of pink, red, and white. Check out the heat-loving annuals in your Lowe's garden center for nonstop color throughout the summer.

It's easy to revive a tired summer garden. And you'll love the results!