Welcome to my June cottage garden! Here, I will show you what is blooming this month in the PNW, and what I’ve been working on. The lilacs are gone, but the peonies are in full bloom. The hydrangeas and day lilies are displaying new buds, so they should be gorgeous in the next couple of weeks.
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Peonies are my favorite spring flower, however, they are very short lived in the garden. Take a look at some of the peonies that are blooming in my June garden.
It is not recommended to cut blooms from your peony plant for the first few years, because they take 3-4 years to become fully established.
According to GrowPeonies.com, the old adage for peonies is “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap”.
This rhododendron only bloomed for the first few days in June, but it was quite a sight! I have several mature rhododendron trees in my garden, all in different colors, light pink, fuchsia and white.
Raised Garden Beds
The seed starts are finally planted and are starting to grow quickly. Zinnias, Cosmos, Larkspur, Bee Balm, Sweet Peas, and Marigolds are just a few of the flowering annuals that were planted here in my cut flower garden.
Vegetables such as broccoli, fennel, tomatoes, potatoes, beans and peas were planted among the flowers as well.
This is my new birdhouse from Good Directions, and I am absolutely in love with it! Because there aren’t many blooms in the garden yet, I planted delphiniums, day lilies, snapdragons and honeysuckle around it for color.
This is my last flowering tree in bloom, a dogwood tree full of pink blossoms.
June is a Month of Transition
June finds very few perennials that are in bloom. It’s a time of transition in this garden. The spring bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, have come and gone, but the summer perennials aren’t quite ready to bloom yet.
This is a great time to visit the nursery to pick up some colorful annuals while you are waiting for the perennials to pop. Add them to your containers, planters and window boxes to brighten things up.
I also planted some delphiniums for height and color interest.
I will be working on cleaning the inside of the greenhouse out in the next week or two, in order to help prevent pests and diseases from spreading.
We have had a lot of rain here the last couple of weeks. So when the sun came out, I had to snap a few pictures. My deck planters look a little sparse right now, but they will fill out in the next week or two. I add Osmocote when planting annuals, which allows a slow release of nutrients to them.
Adding picket fences, with a hanging container for flowers, and a vintage bike, add character to the cottage style garden.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my cottage garden in June. I can’t wait to give you a tour next month when most of my perennials will be in full bloom.
To learn more about gardening for hummingbirds, check out my friend Stacy’s beautiful garden! She is so talented, and I know you’re going to love her! Click here to see what I’m talking about!