Welcome to Seasonal Gardening

Seasonal Gardening provides a month by month account of tasks that need to be done in the garden. Our free online guide is packed with hints, tips, helpful projects and useful gardening ideas for every season.

Covering the whole of the UK (Great Britain, England, Scotland & Wales).


garden tools and plants

What to do this month

path with flowers

Taking care of lawns & borders

mixed fruit and vegetables

Getting the best from fruit & veg

bell pepper plants

propagating your own plants


June Gardening Tasks

Now that the weather is warmer (and once the danger of frost is past in your area) it is time to start sowing biennials and perennials outside. Also harden off and plant out your bedding plants, containers and hanging baskets to fill the garden with colour.

Continue watering in dry weather and keep on top of weeds until the borders have filled out.

Ensure the greenhouse is well ventilated - dampen down and apply shading if necessary.

Don't forget to add much needed plant supports for tall-growing flowers before they collapse!

Taking Cuttings in June

Now is an ideal time to start taking cuttings, which is much easier than you think and a great way to increase your stock of flowers, plants and shrubs for free. Plants that can be easily propagated at this time of year include Catmint, Fuchsias, Pelargoniums, Penstemons, Old-fashioned pinks and Perennial wallflowers (Erysimum).

Time to Sow Biennials

Although there will be plenty of summer colour in the garden this month, you can still plan ahead and sow ready for next year. Hardy biennials, such as Canterbury bells (Campanula medium), foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) sweet william (Dianthus barbatus) and wallflowers (Erysimum) can all be germinated now, ready for an inexpensive tapestry of colour next year. Sow hardy biennials directly into nursery patches or borders, where they are to flower. Alternatively sow in pots or trays outdoors and transfer to their flowering positions in the autumn.

Growing Drought Tolerant Container Plants

If you have a water shortage your area and still want to plant containers, then why not plant-up some tender succulents such as aeoniums, crassulas, echeverias, haworthias or mesembryanthemums. These tough little plants will look after themselves all summer, without the need for much watering once established. However as they are all tender, they cannot be put outside until all risk of frost has passed in your area. Be sure to use a free draining compost, such as cactus compost and top it off with gravel, small stones or slate chippings. This will ensure that the succulent leaves and rosettes don't sit in damp soil.

Plant of the Month

Alstroemeria flowers
Alstroemeria

Of all the garden lilies, the Alstroemeria is my all time favourite. With its low growing drifting habit, it spreads through the borders and flowers for such a long season, if dead headed regularly.

Garden of the Month

Valley Gardens - Harrogate

Valley Gardens, Harrogate

Seventeen acres of beautifully landscaped, Grade II Listed gardens, situated in the heart of Harrogate. Contains a wide variety of flowering shrubs, plants and mature trees. Prized for its rhododendron edged stream at the bottom of the valley.

Open all year, free to visit

Garden Birds to see this Month

Swallow

The Swallow is one of our best known of summer visitors.

Updates & Additions

New plant descriptions added:

Hardy Annuals: Helianthus, Linum, Malcomia, Agrostemma, Bassia, Ornamental Brassica.