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June glorious June! Everything outside is blossoming, blooming, and burgeoning with green vitality. Such a wonderful time of the year to be out, and here are 10 special plants for your June garden that are looking particularly fantastic at this time of year.

1. Cornus controversa (wedding cake tree) ‘Variegata’ 

This relatively slow-growing, easy to care for tree is astonishingly beautiful at this time of year when it produces clusters of pretty, white flowers. Its branches naturally grow out horizontally, making it a lovely focal point as well as a talking point for guests. Well-suited for small to medium sized gardens, it is sure to add something special.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Hardy
  • Grows to 4m tall and 8m wide
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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2. Paeonia x lemoinei (peony) ‘High Noon’

The petals of this large, semi-double flowered variety are a gorgeous lemon yellow, revealing a very pretty circle of dark red stamens as the petals start to unfurl. It flowers early in the season and generally doesn’t need feeding if planted in good quality soil. But, if necessary, it’s best to apply well-rotted manure before new shoots appear or alternatively a general purpose granular fertiliser.

  • Flowers in spring
  • Hardy
  • Grows to 2.5m tall and 2.5cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered
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3. Iris sibirica (Siberian iris) ‘Perry’s Blue’ 

The Siberian iris, although less common than their taller bearded cousins, are often a reliable alternative. Especially if you’re looking for plants for a pond edge, as these will grow in shallow water depths of up to 10cm as well as a wide range of conditions. This tall, elegant variety produces very beautiful soft, lilac-coloured flowers, held high above clumps of mid-green leaves.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows up to 1m tall and 30cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered or exposed
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4. Persicaria affinis (bistort) ‘Darjeeling Red’ 

The great thing about bistort plants is that they flower for months on end and are generally easy to grow, given the right soil conditions. ‘Darjeeling Red’ produces many flower spikes of tiny soft-pink flowers which turn brick red as they get older and can be planted in any part of a mixed flower border.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows up to 50cm tall and 50cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained, poorly drained, or well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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5. Lavatera maritima (tree mallow)

This is another easy to care for semi-evergreen shrub that will be in flower for many months, often from spring into early autumn. It has very pretty white flowers with a flush or purple in the centre. Although easy to grow, it will not take hard frosts and temperatures below -5C, so it best planted in a sheltered spot.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK
  • Grows up to 1.5m tall and 1m wide
  • Well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered or exposed
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6. Thalictrum (meadow rue) ‘Black Stockings’

If you want a tall, elegant, pretty perennial in your garden this June, then look no further than this aptly named variety of meadow rue. Its long, purple-black stems are covered in swathes of fluffy purple rose colour flowers in early summer and the fern-like lacy foliage makes a pretty foil for other flowering plants during the rest of the season.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows up to 2.5m tall and 50cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained or poorly drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered
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7. Rosa (rose) ‘Rambling Rector’ 

If you have the space and want an incredibly fragrant white flowered rambling rose that is in bloom continuously through summer, then this variety is perfect. They look great when planted and grown up trees too. Just ensure that the plant is well watered when first planted until it is established, giving it a feed each spring.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows to 4m tall and 8m wide
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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8. Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) ‘Robert’

These very pretty coloured flowers are hybrids of the UK native loosestrife, which are often seen growing along streams. Rich-pink flowers appear on numerous spikes from June until August, making a great addition when planted in the middle of a mixed flower border where pollinators can enjoy them.

  • Flowers in summer
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows up to 1m tall and 45cm wide
  • Poorly drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Exposed or sheltered
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9. Weigela florida (weigela) [Pink Poppet]

This perfectly named long-flowering shrub is a great choice for small gardens. It produces delightfully dainty, pretty pink flowers for months on end. As well, it attracts nectar loving insects, making it a great choice for a wildlife garden as well as low hedging.

  • Flowers in spring
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows up to 50cm tall and 50cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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10. Geranium phaeum var. phaeum (hardy geranium) ‘Samobor’

There are hundreds of different varieties of these very versatile perennials to choose from which suit all different growing conditions. This early flowering variety grows really well in a shady spot, producing gorgeous dark burgundy flowers and also has particularly handsome maroon markings of the leaves.

  • Flowers in spring
  • Fully hardy
  • Grows up to 90cm tall and 60cm wide
  • Moist but well-drained or well-drained soil
  • Full shade, full sun, or partial shade
  • Exposed or sheltered
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For more inspiration for colourful plants in June, watch this video:

As we step closer to summer and spending more time in our gardens in the warm weather, surround yourself with beautiful plants that will make that time even more joyful. Let me know what plants you’re growing in June over on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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