By the time we reach June, the garden is usually at its peak with plant foliage looking very lush and most flowering plants at their blooming best. The summer border is bursting with a succession of striking colourful herbaceous displays and delightful summer scents. Tasks being less onerous this month, it is the time to enjoy the garden display. Mowing the lawn, dead heading to prolong the flowering display and some weeding are the main activities. Other key tasks this month:
- Prune spring flowering shrubs and perennials, the latter can be cut to the ground which will produce fresh new foliage and possibly a bonus flower display
- Plants in pots should be watered regularly and not allowed to dry out
- Ideal time to take softwood cuttings of shrubs
- Check supporting stakes of tall growing herbaceous plants like Delphiniums
- Mow lawn regularly, trim edges and feed (tip: feed when rain is expected) to produce a pristine striking display
- Continue hoeing to control weed growth in all planted borders (‘hoe light and often’)
- Tip: give your Roses a useful potassium boost by laying banana skins (outer facing upwards) on the soil around the plant and allow to wither.