June marks the beginning of the Summer season and is a busy but rewarding time for gardeners.
The garden is once again in focus, as summer parties, outdoor games and BBQ’s (weather permitting!) begin to fill up our calendars.
There is no better way to prepare for summer than by filling your garden with colourful plants that will bring the best of what the season has to offer.
With all this fun to look forward too, here are my top 7 plants to bring beautiful summer colour to your garden this June.
Delphiniums are tall-stemmed perennials that display beautiful blue, purple, white and pink flowers, and are very popular with bees and other pollinators.
Delphiniums need a fertile and well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. The taller varieties may need staking, as strong winds can damage the stems.
Vinca Periwinkle is a fast-growing perennial that is known for its lobed flowers that are often white, blue or purple.
They are easy to maintain, and the most common problem is usually preventing them from spreading too much. They will grow well in most soil conditions and thrive in full sun but will still grow in full shade.
Pyrethrum Daisies are perennial plants that have a lovely daisy-like appearance. The quaint flowers come in a wide variety of colours including white, red and pink, with a bright yellow centre. The plant is famously used as a natural insecticide, which can be made by mixing crushed dried flowers with water.
Pyrethrum Daisies should be grown in well-drained, sandy soil in full sun, avoiding heavy, wet soils.
These hardy plants will bring a mass of mostly blue and purple colour to any summer garden. They have distinctive bell-shaped flowers, that are similar to blue-bells.
Bellflowers can be perennial, annual and biennial plants and require full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Once established, they will tolerate most drought and winter conditions.
Clematis ‘Mrs Cholmondeley’
This climbing plant has large, lavender blue flowers and looks beautiful growing over an arch, up a fence or wall or even snaking through an early flowering tree to add interest for summer. It’s a hardy clematis and prefers lots of sun or light shade and will tolerate most soil types.
Train new shoots as they appear to fill any gaps and, as with all clematis, keep the roots and base of stems in shade with mulch or compost.
Also known as Pelargoniums or Cranesbill, Geraniums are perfect for summer bedding, hanging baskets and even houseplants. They display beautiful red, purple and pink flowers (depending on the variety) that will flower in June.
Outdoor Geraniums love a position in full sun and should be planted in fertile soil that is neutral to alkaline in acidity. Geraniums should be well-watered, but ensure the soil is well-drained.
Ageratum ‘Blue Mink’
This is also known by its common name Floss Flower. It’s a long-flowering annual and looks great in containers, border edging and summer bedding displays.
It has a compact mound of fluffy, powder blue flower heads that will bloom from June through to September. Plant it in a sunny, south-facing position in moist, well-drained soil.