Don’t be tempted to plant out winter annuals too early as the seedlings dislike the heat. Instead, you can start sowing them in seedling trays as they need a bit of time to grow before being planted out. Good choices include cinerarias, gazanias, Iceland poppies, primulas, violas, pansies, larkspurs, Canterbury bells, columbines, sweet Williams and aquilegias.
While enduring the February heat, think indigenous and tough, so plant more buddleja, plumbago and freylinia. Carissa green carpet makes an excellent low hedge, and geraniums and arctotis add a pop of colour.
Dianthus and gazanias are tough annuals that fill gaps and provide colour for many months. Also, add day lilies and agapanthus in purple, deep blue, and bi-coloured blooms.
Fuchsias need to be kept cool and well-watered to survive summer. Check for red spider mites regularly.
Summer-flowering annuals that are coming to the end of their flowering season now need to be removed. Collect the ripe seeds for the next season and start preparing your flower and seed beds for autumn.
You can encourage a late autumn flush for a garden of petunias by cutting them back. Replace other tired bedding plants with marigolds, portulacas, salvias and vincas.
Remember not to go out in the garden without a hat, sunblock and a bottle of water close by.