"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside." - Maud Hart Lovelace,What a contrast to the end of April. There we were wrapping up warm and looking out for tender plants. Now we can think about planting out the dahlias, summer bedding and plants raised from seed. What about some fast growing hardy annuals such as Clarkia, Godetia and pot marigolds – Calendula, which can be direct sown for late summer colour?
It looks like there is plenty of watering to be done and having a water butt to draw from is wise when drought sets in. Hoe weeds in borders, with the sun on your back. Now is a good time to sow perennials for next year and winter pansies for this. Next year’s spring bedding such as wallflowers and pansies need to be sown between May and July. Fill in gaps in herbaceous borders with annual bedding and harvest Hellebore seed to sow immediately. They need a cold season to germinate.
Hang out your hanging baskets, pinch out the side shoots on your tomatoes, harvest lettuce and radish and early potatoes. Cut back trailing and spreading plants after flowering, to encourage more growth and more flowers. Relax, a sip of wine or summer punch, enjoy the garden.
- Sow perennials such as lupins, delphiniums, hollyhocks into the ground or pots.
- Sow polyanthus primulas in a cold frame
- Cut back bulb foliage if not already done
- Deadhead roses to encourage more flowers in late summer
- Train climbers and trim hedges, cut back Clematis Montana
- Prune after flowering: weigela, deutzia, philadelphus
- Plant out begonias, salvia, cannas and cordylines
- Raise aquilegias, oriental poppies, Alyssum and Campanula carpatica from seed.