Stop harvesting asparagus and rhubarb in early july. It will give the perennial crops enough time to build up their strength for next year. Mulch both crops to prevent weed competition. Asparagus beds can be a challenge to keep clean if weeds takeover.
Pull annuals, replace cool-weather annuals such as osteospermum, pansy, calendula, and snapdragon with heat loving species like verbena, lantana, and geranium. Left in the garden, cool-season species will stop blooming and die back.
Go tropical, bring the tropics to your backyard by surrounding your patio/deck with jungle favorites, such as palm, bird-of-paradise, fig, elephant's ear, hibiscus, and dracaena. These warm climate plants love hot, humid conditions of summer in many parts of the country. When fall arrives, move them indoors and enjoy as houseplants (better homes & gardens, july 2014).
Fitness and Health