Don’t you love this time of year in the garden? June is finally here and I can’t wait to give you a cottage garden tour to show you what’s blooming in my part of the Pacific Northwest.
I have to be honest. As much as I love working in the garden, April and May took EVERYTHING OUT OF ME!
I finally put the last plant in the ground on the LAST day of May. How’s that for timing. It could be because I sowed too many seeds and didn’t have room for them all. And that’s after planting some of my seedlings in our new community garden and giving some away to friends and neighbors.
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I can’t tell you how happy I am to have the majority of work finished in the garden now that it’s June. At least the front yard is close to finished. I haven’t touched the backyard.
June is going to be about keeping up with the weeds, pinching, staking, watering, and ENJOYING!
The Foxglove Dilemma
I’ve mentioned this once or twice already, but I went to my local grocery store, Safeway, a couple of weeks ago. They had selected perennials on sale for $5.99 each. My head almost exploded. Surely this must have been a pricing error, right?
Wrong! So what’s a girl to do? I took every last foxglove they had in the store and planted them in my cottage garden the very next day.
You don’t need to say it…I’ve already been advised that this is a VERY poisonous plant. Now that made me sad. I usually do my homework before buying anything for the garden but I saw that price and knew I had to have them.
June is that one month of transition for me when I have much more green than color in my garden. The early spring flowers are long gone, but the summer flowers haven’t shown up to the garden party yet. And these foxgloves provided just the pop of color I needed to get me through the month.
I’ve enjoyed all the pictures of the foxglove that I’ve been able to take. And I may do another garden tour before I take them out of the garden. In the meantime, I’m keeping the dogs away from them.
Garden Fairy Sprites
I get so many comments on this sweet garden fairy. A friend in our community makes and sells them here locally. I loved this girl so much that I had to buy a copper-colored one too!
Here’s the other pretty fairy above. Not a great picture but you get the right idea.
What’s Blooming in the Cottage Garden in June
Are you ready to see what’s blooming in my June cottage garden?
Some varieties of lavender in my garden are blooming beautifully right now. I didn’t do this on purpose, but I’ve realized that I gravitate towards the Spanish lavender because of how bright and beautiful it is.
Of course, every cottage garden needs some English lavender which I am patiently waiting for to bloom. And I just planted some Portuguese lavender for the first time.
I have several clematis plants that bloom both spring and summer and here’s a beautiful bloom that’s in the garden right now.
The Pacific Northwest is known for its colorful rhododendrons and azaleas in the spring. My bushes (more like trees) are well established and are one of the few plants that were here when we moved here almost 9 years ago. The bloom times are different and the last “batch” of blooms are almost done, but I still had to include them in the June cottage garden tour.
Sweet Mock Orange
These are one of my favorite deciduous shrubs in the spring. I can never have too many white flowers in the garden, and they smell amazing!
I love this plant because just when you think it’s done for the season and you cut it back, it ends up blooming again.
If you like volunteers in your garden then you’ll be happy to know that this plant will end up all over your beds. I actually love them so it’s a treat for me, and I end up giving them to my neighbors.
You’ll definitely need to stake these flowers.
These will produce blooms early spring to fall.
I’m calling on all you Master Gardeners to tell me what this plant is. When I looked it up, this was the overwhelming answer, but I need confirmation.
I love this flower because it’s one of the very few yellow blooms in my cottage garden in late spring other than marigolds.
Some really interesting things are happening with my peonies this year. They are not all coming up at the same time. I have this plant that is ready to bloom and it has basically tripled the blooms from last year. But the other plants are not even close to blooming yet.
Did you know that peonies can last over 100 years in your garden if taken care of properly? Did you also know you shouldn’t harvest any of the blooms for the first few years? You want the energy to go into the roots at least for the first 2 or 3 years. Harvesting immature plants will stunt the size of the flowers and the number of stems per plant for many years.
I planted this along with another delphinium last year. The slugs wiped them out shortly after I planted them. Obviously, I didn’t know that the slugs liked them so much. For some reason, this is the only one that grew back. They are such stunning flowers.
Here’s another stunning flower. I planted a few last year but I think I put them in the ground too late and they never recovered from the heat. And they never came back up this year. Lupine’s seeds and seed pods are toxic, but from everything I have read, they have to be eaten in very large quantities for symptoms to occur.
Here’s another one that I’m not 100% sure about. Does this look like red campion to you? This was one of the first perennials to bloom this spring other than the bulbs that were planted. I divide them each year because they can grow quite big.
I really like how delicate this gorgeous flower is. And the color is amazing. I believe this is a peach-leaved bellflower variety. They self-seed and are loved by the slugs and snails.
Flowering Dogwood Tree
This is the most stunning tree right now. The flowers are a perfect shade of pink and these are so fun to force bloom indoors in the winter.
This is another plant that has been in the garden even before we moved in. It grows VERY BIG and I do struggle to keep on top of it and divide every year. Aren’t they gorgeous?
My Container Garden
I love this space in the garden. It’s a hodgepodge of every container you can imagine. There’s a mixture of annuals, perennials, and herbs.
My husband made this planter for me this last winter. I have planted marigolds, petunias and geraniums. The primroses come back every year and are in the back of the planter.
It’s All About the Birds
No cottage garden is complete without a birdhouse. And I’m in love with this one pictured above from Good Directions.
Birdbaths are always a perfect touch as well.
Vintage Bike Baskets of Flowers
Vintage bikes make the perfect spot for a grouping of annual flowers. I just planted these so they aren’t as filled out, but just wait!
I hope you enjoyed my June cottage garden tour. The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is such an amazing place to grow flowers this time of year. I can’t wait to update you throughout the summer and share the progress.
More Garden Inspiration
Make sure to visit my friends to see what they’re up to in their gardens. It’s always fun to see what’s happening in the other parts of the country.
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