Your Garden in June 2017

05 June 2017

When you think of June flowers, most people will think of flowering plants in borders such as roses.  However, there are some magnificent flowering trees and shrubs suitable for the average garden.  One group worth serious consideration is the Cornus.

If you have acidic soil (Cameliias and Rhododendrons are happy in it), the the beautiful tree, Cornus cause makes a delightful specimen tree.  The flowers can be white as in Cornus kousa var. chinensis or the pink cultivar ‘Miss Satomi’.  If you underplant the white form with Pachysandra terminals ‘Green Carpet’, Helleborus niger, Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Nivea’ and Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ you will have a beautiful white border with interest in every season.  The more subtle Cornus controversa variegata could replace the Cornus cause as it also has white flowers and while these are more subtle, they are complemented by the beautifully tiered variegated foliage.

To change this to a pink border, underplant Cornus Kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ with the successional flowering of Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Harvington Pink’, Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Nora Barlow’ and Anemone x hybrida “Pamina’.

The native shrub Cornus sanguinea, of which the best known is “Midwinter Fire’, will thrive in alkaline as well as acidic soil.  Although the leaves emerge relatively late, especially if you have cut back the brightly coloured stems that have shone out during the winter, the delicate flowers add the the vibrant green foliage in June.  The red stemmed Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ prefers acidic soil, and has similar flowers.  Again, underplant with the suggestions above.

Enjoy the June summer sun in your garden while tackling a few chores:


  • Water new shrubs and trees for 1 hour per week with a hose not a sprinkler
  • Plant warm-season grasses such as Pennisetum and Panicum to allow them to establish before the winter
  • Cut back Pulmonarias to ground level for fresh, new foliage


Visit the following Dorset gardens to enjoy the June sunshine:


  • Knoll Gardens: with their Saturday Specials(10/17 June): Willow Decorations for the Garden (£50) & Old Wives Tales or Old Wise Tales? (£35) or Designing in the Naturalistic Style on 22 June (£12)
  • Minterne Gardens: for a cool, woodland ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ ramble
  • Athelhampton Gardens : with roses amongst structural yew topiary
  • Compton Acres Gardens: with roses in the Italian Garden
  • Kingston Lacy Gardens: with the free Out of Hours Guided Walk at 0930-1030 on 19 June and the free Badbury Rings and the Oaks free guided walk on 9 June.


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