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Gardening Jobs for June

With the long warm days of summer finally here, gardens are looking their very best. Here are a few gardening jobs for June that will help you keep your garden looking fantastic throughout the glorious summer months.

In the flower garden

Your beds and borders should be a riot of colour now. Help keep them looking good by supporting tall-growing perennials such as hollyhocks, delphiniums and foxgloves as well as summer bulbs such as dahlias. If there are any gaps in the borders you could add pots of tall bulbs such as lilies or crocosmia to add an instant pop of colour. Alternatively, add some summer bedding to ensure your border has maximum impact. If the border is shady, then woodland plants or ferns will add texture and colour.

You can continue to plant bedding plants in June whether in pots or in beds. Pinch out the tips of fuchsias and other summer bedding plants to encourage bushier growth. Remember to water and feed any plants in containers regularly if the weather is dry.

If you want a tropical feel to your garden, you can plant tender exotics such as canna, amaranthus, coleus and Ricinus. 

For plants that have already bloomed, now is the time to tidy up or prune them. Wisteria should be pruned now, cutting side shoots back to 20 cm to encourage flowering next year. You should also prune spring-flowering shrubs such as kerria, choisya, ribes, weigela and philadelphus.

Cut out any older, woody stems to encourage fresh new growth. You can also cut back spring-flowering perennials such as geraniums, delphiniums and pulmonaria.

Deadhead flowers as they finish as this can encourage more flowering. If you leave the flowers to set seed, the plant will stop producing more, but if you cut them off it's likely to keep flowering. Deadheading perennials such as lupins and delphiniums by cutting them right back to the ground can result in a second flush. If you have roses then deadheading them regularly will encourage repeat flowering, simply snip each flower at the base of the bloom.

You can lift spring bulbs now for storage if you wish. If bulbs are to stay in situ, thin out any overcrowded clumps. Dig up the bulbs, divide them carefully either into individual bulbs or small batches and plant them again, giving them more space to grow.

In the kitchen garden

Fruit bushes, vines, trees and canes will be developing fruit now. Cover with netting to protect your luscious fruits from birds and keep them well watered. Mulch thirsty crops such as beans and courgettes to prevent evaporation and cut down on the need for watering quite so frequently! Apply a tomato feed to fruiting veg crops such as tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, cucumbers and squash.

If you have a lot of slugs and snails, protect crops from these with environmentally friendly solutions such as beer traps, gravel and copper bands. You can also go out in the evenings and pick off slugs and snails to keep populations under control.

Sadly, it is time to stop cutting asparagus and leave the ferny top growth to grow up over the summer. Apply a general-purpose fertiliser now to boost next year’s crop.

Sow cut and come again salad leaves regularly over the next few weeks to ensure an ongoing supply. It’s also not too late to sow lettuce, peas, runner beans, courgettes, beetroot and carrots.

General maintenance

Lawns will benefit from regular mowing at this time of year. It's also time to feed them with a liquid or granular fertiliser.

Fast-growing hedges such as privet and laurel will look best if pruned every six weeks over summer. However, do check for nesting birds before bringing out the hedge trimmers.

Dig out perennial weeds such as couch grass and bindweed as soon as you spot them.


Birds will really need water at this time of year so keep the bird bath topped up. The birds will also continue to enjoy extra food as they struggle to feed their growing young.

You might like to leave a section of lawn to create a wildflower meadow. This will encourage pollinating insects, birds and small mammals into your garden as well as making a colourful and attractive feature for you to enjoy. You can buy wildflower seed mixes to give your meadow a head start.

Once you have finished your gardening jobs for June, don’t forget to enjoy your garden. You have worked hard to create a beautiful space so make time to sit outside, eat outside and, perhaps, have friends and family over to enjoy a barbecue.

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