Gardening by Month - June


June is a busy month in the garden, since plants grow at their fastest. It’s lovely to see the burst of growth and colour, especially after all the rain in May has held the growing season back. Spend sunny evenings enjoying your garden.

Garsons is full of ideas for bringing colour to your outdoor space. Why not create a focal point? If you want to enjoy your garden but the thought of giving it a facelift is daunting, just home in on a small section. Take one part of the garden and create a focal point, which can become a lovely and welcoming space.

Consider what will make a difference, whether it’s a couple of patio chairs and a table, a fire pit with seating around it, a small pond, or an arch with a clematis or rambling rose that can lead your eye down the garden.

You only need a small space to create colour and interest, and you don’t need to spend hours on it. Using plants in containers is a great start and gives instant impact. Try filling a container with just one type of plant, then get creative combining different containers. For the best impact, be bold with your planting and keep it simple. Have a browse around the garden centre and see what appeals to you.

Choose bedding plants that do well in dry conditions. Geraniums, pelargoniums and Mediterranean-type plants such as lavender don’t need careful watering. Sage, thyme and rosemary all like hot dry conditions, and you can grab a handful for barbecues.

Bees love lupins, foxgloves, alstroemeria, and monarda, also known as bee balm. Along with butterflies and hoverflies, bees love asters, azaleas, blueberries, buddleja, honeysuckle and other old garden favourites like lilac, lavender, ice plants and yarrow. With such a lovely choice of plants, you can help wildlife at the same time as bringing colour to your garden. Birds and animals also like the cover these plants give them.

If you’re sprucing up your pots and containers, a loam-based compost such as John Innes is ideal as it holds water and nutrients better. By covering the surface of the compost with gravel or decorative stone chippings, you can keep it cooler and retain moisture, as well as helping them look smart.

Garsons has everything you need to care for your summer garden. Let’s hope that we have the best weather for enjoying it. Until next time, happy gardening!

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