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As many summer perennials finish flowering by the end of this month, it's richly coloured autumn daisies such as Echinacea, Rudbeckia and Helenium and late summer shrubs like Buddleja and Abelia taking centre stage. The garden is buzzing with bees, butterflies and insects attracted to the sweet scents of August. Enjoying the garden as an entertaining space is one of the joys of late summer British weather permitting of course! August is also brimming with crops to be harvested and jam jars to be filled.
Summer prune shrubs by removing two thirds of the long, upright growths that have developed since the spring.