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Inspiration for June 2018
News and Gardening Tips
Two key things which extend the season in the woodland garden well into June are not to be missed. Many of the Rhododendron yakusimanum hybrids will be superb in early June. Amongst these ‘Koichiro Wada’, ‘Sneezy’ and ‘Surrey Heath’ stand out.
Less well known but equally impressive in June are the styrax and stewartia families. Both have masses of scented white flowers in profusion and, as small trees with pendulous flowers, are best grown on a bank so that they can be admired from below. Our favourites here in the garden at Burncoose are Styrax japonicus and Stewartia rostrata. The latter has pink blotches on its large white buds and petals.
In the shrub border philadelphus and deutzia varieties hold sway with several scented varieties to choose from. The best deutzias which we grow are Deutzia pulchra and Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’. As a backdrop to your emerging herbaceous borders there is little better. Cistus, will be starting to flower as well and Cistus ‘Silver Pink’ fits into a shrub border just as well as in a herbaceous context.
Your lupins and delphiniums will now be performing alongside the first of the echinacea and herbaceous paeonies. All will need plant supports to keep them upright and away neighbouring plants in case of heavy rain and wind.
It is not too early to take softwood cuttings from hydrangeas, fuchsias and other woody shrubs which are quickly into growth. With a little bottom heat and some rooting powder they will take only four to six weeks to root out enough to be potted on.
Be ready to start watering your choice or newly planted shrubs and trees if we get a dry spell. Look out for slugs on your hemerocallis.