August 20, 2019 | 6:09 PM IST

Joy of gardening in summer

You may not have a vast expanse of 15 acres like the Mughal Gardens at the Presidential Palace, but if you are fond of few green patches or soil your hands, you could have a Mughal Garden of your own.  Summers are often thought to be a no-no season for healthy-luscious plants, but it isn’t a reality. Tending to plants could be as joyful as in monsoon or winter season.
You don’t have to be a ‘good gardener’ to be a ‘good gardener’. You just have to love being with plants and ‘doing some gardening’ to be a good gardener.
So, let us see which plants do well braving the summer months.
Marigold: They are a no-fuss annuals and great for first-timers. They bring vibrancy and are loved by butterflies, bees, ladybugs and other insects. They are happy with a lot of sunshine, require moderately fertile, well-draining soil, are quick to germinate and bloom within eight weeks.
Sunflower: They are heat and drought tolerant, resistant to pests, and simply beautiful. They grow best in fertile, wet, well-drained soil with a lot of mulch and if the soil is not waterlogged. In other words, it is important not to water it excessively.
Lilies: These beauties love full sun. It is said that they like to keep their heads in the sun and feet in shade. Hence, it is ideal to plant them with grasses or low growing plants. Only white and tiger lilies are known to have fragrance. The others are odourless, though all are symbols of happiness and purity. Of course, they need a little fertilizer too to survive.
Vinca: Also called the Sadabahar, Vinca is the last plant to that goes limp in the garden. No wonder, it is also known as the super of all plants.
Madhumalti: Its heady fragrance is indeed captivating. They need very little attention and give ornamental look to rooftops, balconies and gateposts. Of course these creepers need support but thrive in the sun and need very little water.

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