Early Flowering Perennials
Early Flowering Perennials That Are Popular
Early flowering perennials should be giving your garden some colour this month but you may want to add to your borders. This is still a good time to do this as the soil is now warmer and we have longer days.
Perennial plants are those plants that, once put in, will come back every year. Some are evergreen and will stay throughout the year such as heucheras which are available in a lot of colours. Try ‘Marmalade’, ‘Plum Pudding’ or ‘Paris’.
These are reliable and only need tidying up of their dead leaves in Spring.
Other evergreen perennials you could use are euphorbias and dianthus.
Most perennials are not evergreen and disappear in the winter then shoot back up again in Spring.
Choose plants that will be happy in your soil and happy with the amount of sunlight they get.
Reliable perennials for a sunny border with a loamy soil are salvias such as Salvia nemerosa Caradonna partnered with pink lupins, scabious and bergenias at the front of the border. as seen below or with roses and grasses.
Other plants to try at the front of the border are geraniums such as Rozanne or endresseii.
For a zingy hot, sunny border try a combination of coreopsis, heleniums, crocosmias and rudbeckias. There are come in a variety of oranges, yellows and reds for a splash of colour.
Jobs to do in the garden in June
- Keep weeds under control by hoeing the borders regularly.
- Plant out summer bedding and fill containers once the fear of frost has passed
- Keep greenhouses ventilated by opening windows and doors. Fix an automatic opener to a window which does the opening for you and saves you coming home to a greenhouse of wilting plants.
- Mow lawns weekly.
- Take off the heads of daffodils but wait for the foliage to die back before cutting off.
- Water hanging baskets and containers.
- Prune early flowering shrubs such as forsythia and ribes as these will have finished flowering.
- Prune early flowering clematis such as Clematis montana if finished flowering.
- Keep tying in climbing roses shoots to the framework its supported by.
- Put in plant supports for tall perennials.
Plants of the Month that are looking their best are Rhododendrons, azaleas, late tulips and ceanothus.
If you need any help with planting or designing your garden please contact me on 07739 153516.
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