Create an ideabook for your next remodeling project!
Browse more than 1,000,000 photos from top designers and save your favorites
Plant heat-loving flowers: There are many colorful flowers that will take our Texas heat and laugh it off. To add a refreshing color to your summer garden, plant zinnias, ageratum, Blue daze, periwinkle, wax begonia, portulaca, purslane and torenia. Be sure to plant them in areas where they will receive the appropriate amount of sun or shade, and water them well after planting to get them established.
Plant vegetables and herbs: Plan for your harvest garden by planting pumpkins and sweet potatoes from early to mid July, and planting corn, eggplant and peppers from mid to late July. If you are sowing seeds, be sure to check the back of the seed packet for information regarding how many days it takes for that particular plant to reach maturity and begin yielding produce. Basil, oregano and thyme are bulletproof herbs to plant from 4-inch nursery transplants. Try some more unusual varieties like spicy globe basil, cinnamon basil, Thai basil, lemon thyme, coconut thyme, pink lemonade thyme, hot and spicy oregano, and Greek oregano.
Protect yourself from the heat: If you are planning to work outside in the garden, remember to protect yourself from the heat and sun. Drink a lot of water, apply sunscreen, wear gloves and don a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and neck. Sunglasses are also helpful in protecting your eyes from the strong Texas sun.
Complete a garden project: Construct an arbor for your garden entryway, build a trellis to showcase a climbing rose, lay a pathway to make walking through the garden easier or create some decorative plant markers. Have one long-term and several short-term projects going to keep your energy and interest level high in July — your garden will thank you at the end of the season.