If you love your dogwood, keep it watered. Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) may be native to the South, but it’s shallow-rooted and hates drought. If you let go into a full wilt, its leaves will brown and scorch and stay that way until the fall. Plus, the tree might not flower next spring and could simply croak. So anytime you see it with wilted leaves in the morning, water it until the soil is moist several inches down.
Weeds don’t quit, so don’t you either. Keep pulling them in your garden beds before they can set seed. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with millions of stinking seedlings next spring. Even drive-me-nuts-until-I-want-to-punch-baby-seals weeds like nutgrass(shown here) can be gradually controlled if you’ll just pull a dozen or so every morning. I’ve done it, so I know. Just look that weed square in the face and say, “Son, my middle name is Tenacity.”
Grumpy loves butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.), because it comes in many colors,butterflies love it, and it’s one of the few shrubs that blooms all summer and fall. But summer’s heat and drought takes a toll by late August. So gives yours a little trim, removing gangly, overgrown branches, scorched foliage, and spent blooms. It’ll quickly send out new fresh growth and blooms for the fall.