Perennials in borders often put on strong lush growth that makes them vulnerable to collapse, especially after heavy rain or strong winds.
Staking them early in the season will help avoid disaster. In particular, tall plants and hybrids with large flowers require additional support, such as dahlia and the peony which possess heavy flower heads. So may need a helping hand in helping their stems support them.
Staking helps to keep them propped up, ensuring they grow tall and just as nature intended. Tomatoes, such as the cherry and roma varieties, are the most common plants that require staking.
I recommend planting a companion climber to go alongside them. This will provide them with pest protection and enhance their natural flavouring. Try growing runner beans or carrots as June may be your last chance to get a good crop!
The same can be said when it comes to knowing the best time to stake. Best done during springtime, before a plant has had time to develop too much. Try not to stake your plants too tightly, this will only cause plant problems when in its development stage, such as undeveloped roots.