Enjoy your Garden

August is one of my favourite months in the garden: all the ‘big jobs’ are done, everything is humming with life and the weather is (usually) warm enough to be able to sit outside and enjoy it.  A little potter round with the watering can and secateurs in the evening becomes an exercise in mindfulness rather than a chore (although perhaps the gin and tonic helps!).

relaxing in gardenSo August is definitely about making the time to enjoy your garden.  On those lovely Indian summer days that we are often lucky to get, make the most of sitting outside.  With the shortening evenings, you might find that now is a good time to review your garden lighting and perhaps even pick up a bargain in the end of season sales.  (Get that fire pit you’ve been thinking about, ready for autumn marshmallow toasting?)

Of course, if you do find you have a gap in your borders where something has already finished, garden centres like us will still have plants in stock to provide colour now and into the autumn.  Plants like Rudbeckia, Aster and Echinacea will provide colour until the first frosts, as well as much appreciated food for our insects.  Ask our expert staff what will suit your particular soil and situation if in any doubt.


While you are enjoying your garden, now is a really good time to plan ahead, either practically or just in your mind.  First, on a fine day, and before you have cut back too much, take some photos of your garden.  They are a huge help to refer back to when planning your winter maintenance jobs and to remind you if there were any gaps in your planting before next year comes around. Ask yourself what did well and what didn’t in a particular spot so you can either think about moving plants when they are dormant in the winter or planning ahead to buy or grow something that will do better in that space.  (As the doyenne of gardening Beth Chatto famously said, the skill is about finding the right plant for the right place).  

On a practical note, now is a great time to increase your stock of plants by taking cuttings.  Tender perennials (like Fuchsia, Penstemon, Salvia and Pelargonium) can be propagated by taking softwood cuttings now: choose healthy but non-flowering shoots and plant them up quickly, before they loose too much moisture.  Woody herbs, like rosemary, lavender and hyssop, can also be increased by taking cuttings now too.  Some plants can be propagated through leaf cuttings: houseplants like African Violets or Begonias, as well as succulents like Sedum and Echeveria.  If you’ve never taken leaf cuttings before, do give it a try; it is rather impressive to see baby plants growing from just a leaf!  The RHS guide to leaf cuttings is here.

While we talk a lot about deadheading to keep things flowering for as long as possible, it’s also good to leave somethings to go to seed.  This can provide food for wildlife over winter, seeds or berries for us to use and some structure in your autumn borders.  When I’m not pottering in the garden, August is also about starting to turn the harvest into jams, chutneys and pickles for the larder and for presents… oh dear, Christmas is only just around the corner.  Make the most of the August sunshine while you can!

Further reading for while you enjoy some lazy summer days:
Make the most of an outdoor lifestyle
Tips on looking after your garden while you are on holiday
Enjoy a peak into someone else’s garden 
See how Hambrooks transformed a new build back garden
Have you thought about wildflower turf?
Follow us through the changes we have seen in gardening over the years
Celebrating 50 years in business: an interview with our founder Norman Hambrook (April 2022)




N. Haggard 20 September 2022

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how delighted I am with my new garden.

Jon, my designer, listened to my ideas and delivered on everything I asked for. I wanted something different to any garden I’d had before, no lawn, no landscaping but packed with plants. He designed such a lovely secret garden, around a statement tree. And I have to commend him for his unwavering patience! I changed my mind a hundred times but never did he give me the impression that he was losing patience with my endless indecision. And my confidence in him led me to place an order for over £10k.

My landscaping team, Blade and Tony, were exceptional, from their work ethic, skill and knowledge, to the way they dealt with me, the customer. My standards are very high and I couldn’t fault them.

All in all, a very professional team of people. And it showed that they all care. I’m over the moon with the finished result. I will send you a before and after photo. Thank you so much.

A delighted customer.

G. Gray. May 2022

My front garden has been transformed by Andy and Bradley who both worked incredibly hard and I am delighted with the result. Andy had the vision and skill to turn my idea into reality and I can't thank him enough.

C. Haig Sept 2021

We recently had our garden landscaped by Hambrooks and I just wanted to pass on my thanks, not just for the outcome - which is superb - but for the professionalism of all the staff involved on the job who are all a credit to you company. Mike, Dave, Les and Adam.

H. Sharp Sept 2021

I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am with my new garden. Melanie was a delight to work with and the ideas she had have worked perfectly. Also Sheldon laid the patio beautifully and him and Dave were a pleaseure to have at my house. Quiet workers and polite.

B. Rendell April 2021

I would like to say how delighted we are with the work carried out. Mel, Paul and Tony all worked very hard, they totally took on board the specific need relating to safety as well as the general garden issues. Paul and Tony were excellent at consulting and discussing with me what I felt best in terms of the brief and adjusting if and as necessary, constantly pleasant and polite to deal with. Mel had picked up on particular issues from the first consultation and offered valuable advice. The outcome means a great deal less worry for me going forward.
Altogether a very positive experience and outcome which I would not hesitate to recommend to others.

Stephen March 2021

Dom and Adam's work (garden maintenance) is greatly appreciated. Dom really listened to everything we discussed very carefully and went out of his way to understand and then act upon that discussion. We are extremely pleased with the work done - both to the pond and pyracantha.


We have been coming to Hambrooks for years and it's our favourite garden centre because of its friendly helpful staff and a great selection of plants and trees and the garden design ideas.

“We wanted to write and say how pleased we are with our low maintenance garden makeover. We are very impressed with the attitude of your staff who were prepared to listen to our requirements. Your team John and Rick brushed up and left everything tidy at the end of the day. We now have a garden we can manage and it looks great. THANK YOU HAMBROOKS.”

Mr & Mrs Venables, Southampton. April 2019

“Dear Josh & Mike We just want to say you both did a brilliant job of designing our garden along with the guys who did the work who were amazing. A few weeks on its looks even better now some of the plants are blooming. Thank you!!”

Mr & Mrs Gazzard, Winchester July 2019

“To James, John & Rikki. Thank you so much, we are delighted with our new garden. We really appreciate the attention to detail, the high quality workmanship and the standard of the finished project. We are amazed at how John & Rikki resolved the difficulties of the site and by the quality of their craftmanship. It was a pleasure to work with them and thank you for making our ideas into something we will enjoy for years to come.”