What to plant out this month – Your June 2021 guide

Stacey Solomon and Joe enjoy family time in the garden

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This year has seen a boom in trends, from Brits baking banana bread to weekly Zoom quizzes or just about anything to stave off the lockdown boredom. But one trend that looks set to stay is gardening. Over the past year, housebound Britons have fallen in love with the great outdoors and have turned to their gardens as the perfect venues to socialise in safety.

With forecasters predicting a warm dry spell over the next few months, now is the perfect time to get your garden into shape for the summer socialising season.

From flowers to veg here is a guide on what to plant out this month.

A guide to flower care in June

If you are fortunate enough to have wisteria growing over a wall in your garden, or across your house now is the best time to give it its summer prune.

To help flowers regrow next year cut the long straggly side shoots back to 20cm.

June is generally the time that perennials such as geraniums will need to be cut back to near ground level after they have finished flowering to encourage another late summer flowering.

Tulips are synonymous with spring but their early bloom will mean that by June they will probably need to be lifted and stored.

If you want to enjoy tulips year to year now is the time to lift and store them in a dry place in paper bags, so that you can plant them fresh again in the autumn.

Certain perennials might have had a growth spurt over the spring, tall-growing perennials such as delphiniums will need to be supported with a sturdy cane.

The new temps of climbing and rambling roses will need to one tied horizontally to ensure that they do not become unruly and to encourage further flowers to grow.

It may seem obvious but be sure to water the flowers and any other plants in your garden regularly throughout June.

The sudden warm spells can take many experienced gardeners by surprise.

Pay particular attention to container displays and hanging baskets as these can quickly die if they become parched.

A guide to veg and fruit care in June

Now is the perfect time to plant out sweetcorn along with edible hanging baskets with veggies such as trailing tomatoes and herbs.

With summer comes the delights of ripening fruits but be sure to cover these developing fruits with netting or fleece to stop birds eating them before you can.

The end of May generally signals the end of the asparagus season, harvest your last of this crop in June and then leave the tops to grow up again over the summer months.

Blackberries and raspberries will need to be supported along with other cane fruits, tie in new shoots to ensure that they do not get out of hand.

June can be a busy month for gardeners so make sure you plan ahead.

You will likely need to up your watering game to be prepared for more hours spent outside this month.

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