“On this June day the buds in my garden are almost as enchanting as the open flowers. Things in bud bring, in the heat of a June noontide, the recollection of the loveliest days of the year – those days of May when all is suggested, nothing yet fulfilled.”
– Francis King
It’s finally arrived – the glorious month of June. Will it be flaming, or will it just deliver a tiny flicker? Who knows but at this early stage it remains full of promise. The longer days, warmer soil and hopefully, the sunshine mean our plants are now growing full steam ahead. Weeds need to be nipped in the bud and regular deadheading will encourage repeat flowering.
Picnics, tea parties and BBQs are part of June’s delights. Hopefully with some of the goodies being produced in the garden itself. To up the anti and to dine in comfort and style do take a look at the new range of Suttons garden furniture and decorative accessories. There’s something for a garden of every size.
Our top ten recommended tasks this month include:
- The longer days and warmer soil will be encouraging all things to grow, including weeds! Keep both your hoe and your kneeler pad and fork handy.
- Pinching the growing tips from your bedding plants will encourage more flowers and a bushier plant.
- Summer hanging baskets can now be placed in position. In warm weather they will quickly dry out so don’t forget them during your watering regime.
- Nothing smartens up a garden more quickly than a neatly mown lawn. Mow at least once a week and keep the edges well-trimmed.
- Containers that have been hardened off can be moved to their flowering position. Place any scented ones near doors and open windows.
- If you haven’t done so already then put plant supports and stakes in place for your taller perennials. Once they start to flop it will be too late!
- As your tomato plants start setting fruit feed them with a high potash feed, every 10 to 14 days.
- If June lives up to its reputation and becomes a scorcher then you will need water, water and then water again. With some feeding in between!
- Evergreens can be given a trim now. If you feel artistic then June is the perfect month to try some topiary.
- At last you can remove the yellowed foliage from daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs. Mark where they are so that you don’t dig them up when looking to plant something new.
Salad Time and the Growing is Easy
Summer means salad and no longer does salad just mean a few limp leaves on a plate with a sliced tomato. Just about the easiest food to grow has to be salad and a packet of Suttons Mixed Salad Leaves seed can provide you with crisp tasty meals throughout the summer, costing about the same as just one plastic bag of plastic salad from the supermarket.
Cut-n-come-again salad leaves can be sown in just about any shallow container or direct in the ground if space is not an issue. I sow mine little and often in a variety of small containers so that when one is coming to an end another is just reaching perfection. And there really is no need to go shopping for such containers, an old saucepan with some drainage holes drilled or an empty sweet or biscuit tin will be fine and will add a touch of quirkiness to your garden.
Don’t forget to add some home-grown flowers to your salad. They’ll look amazing and will add some spicy flavour.
Edible flowers suitable for salad include:
– Borage – Bergamot
– Pot Marigolds – Hollyhocks
– Nasturtium – Hibiscus
– Scented geranium – All herb flowers
The Queen of Plants, the rose, comes into her own in June. Delighting not only with beautifully shaped blooms in a variety of stunning colours but also producing perfume, ranging from gentle citrus to heavy musk.
Water well in hot weather, especially if growing next to a wall or other “drying” structure. 90% of all rose problems relate to shortage of water.
Deadhead repeat flowering types but leave the flowers on those that form attractive seed heads later in year.
Suckers grow from the rootstock of grafted roses and are in effect wild roses. Left to grow they will swamp and steal energy from your grafted, cultivated plant. So, as soon as they appear either pull them out or cut them down.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
We don’t know about you, but last month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show has left us heading into June with gusto. This year’s show was all about gardens that inspire wellbeing, and the colour themes were dominated by calming blues and soothing shades. This year’s show was all about the lupin, and there was barely a garden that didn’t showcase the towering beauty of lupins.
There are always a few surprises too, and we spotted the clever use of shrubs for foliage colour and form throughout many of the gardens. In fact, we’re currently growing vibrant acers that are perfect for adding texture to your own borders and are great for contrasting with other shrubs.
If you love a dahlia, the dahlia stand lit up the Great Pavilion, and we were excited to see our new collection proudly displayed and looking beautiful. Chelsea’s always the perfect place to soak up inspiration before summer starts, and we’re still feeling that post-show glow.
Inspired by our time at Chelsea we have created two brand new collections full of some of our favourite perennial plants that we saw at the show to help you create the Chelsea look in your own garden.
Available in packs of 18 or 50 plants, these Chelsea Favourites will provide you with a show worthy display year after year.
We’re delighted to introduce two new products in time for summer – and they’re showstoppers.
Exclusively launched as plants by Suttons, the African Marigold Mission Giant is full of bright, lemon-yellow flowers with huge double blooms. Something completely different for your borders, this chrysanthemum-style flower won’t go brown at the centre in the rain like other marigold varieties, and it’s perfect for the back of the border or indoors as a cut flower.
And then there’s the Sunflower Garden Statement… perfect for anyone who prefers not to grow from seed, our new sunflower plants add instant colour to your garden. This big bush of sunshine produces many different heads on lots of stems for months, and it manages to create instant impact without being invasive. Better still, the flowers will attract all kinds of beneficial insects.
Ever wanted to grow your own potatoes but the thought of growing the tubers has put you off? Planted some in spring but the Beast from East turned them into an unidentifiable mush?
Now, we are pleased to be offering potted potato plants, saving you the hassle of chitting and sprouting seed potatoes. Popular on the continent, this really is the easiest way to start growing your own potatoes and can be grown in any space you have.
Ready to be sent from our Devon nursery now, these 9cm potted plants will reward you with the unbeatable taste of home grown potatoes this summer. And with 3 different varieties available – Maris Peer, Charlotte and Nicola – you can buy any 3 packs of 6 plants for just £18 – that’s only £1 a plant!
Plant of the Month
One of our favourite things at this years Chelsea Flower Show were these Armeria Ballerina, used to stunning effect in many of the gardens. Available in a range of colours including white, red and purple, the compact and uniform plants are topped with globe-shaped blooms and are very free-flowering.
To add the finishing touch to your garden, we’ll send you two 9cm potted Armeria Ballerina plants free – when you spend £30 or more and use offer code ARMERIAS18 at the basket stage.