The weather has been good so far as gardening is concerned. From May 1 to June 30, I measured 11 3/4 inches of rain in my gauge. Hopefully we will get more in the coming weeks.
August is the time to trim back certain plants to keep them in bounds or to promote fall flowers. Roses that are of the repeat variety, meaning they bloom throughout the season, can be trimmed back by about one-third. This causes them to bush out with new growth and more fall blooms. Most evergreen shrubs can be trimmed moderately to prevent overcrowding. If your nandina have grown too tall, thin them back by cutting about one-fourth of the tallest canes back to about six inches from the ground. New growth will sprout at the point they were cut. Repeat this process about every six months to prevent bare stems at the lower level.