Bloom in June: what to do in your garden

Bloom in June: what to do in your garden

Last year as part of the Get Dorset Buzzing campaign we wrote a series of articles about what to do in your garden for each of the months in spring and summer. Our Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson had some gems of advice and information below, which we think you'll find useful as we're all spending more time in our gardens this June. Find out what to do, what to see and what to plant this June to get your garden buzzing with wildlife!

June is the time to really enjoy your garden as the sun’s warmth (hopefully!) continues well into the evening.  It’s a great time to see the more nocturnal visitors in your garden including bats, moths, badger and hedgehogs. Read on to find out more about what to do, what to see and what to plant this month to get the very best out of your garden.

Also, don’t forget to let us know if you see a crab spider – it’s our Species of the Month and you can record your sighting here.

What to do: 

  • Lift and divide overcrowded bulbs such as bluebells or snowdrops 
  • Keep your newly planted shrubs and trees well watered to help them establish 
  • If you’re hanging basket is looking leggy cut back to encourage bushy growth 
  • Stake tall perennials which may be drooping or to prevent damage 
  • Tie in your climbing plants such as honeysuckle and clematis 
  • Conserve water by watering the soil not the plants in the early or late parts of the day and by using water from your water butts or grey water from washing up/showering. 
  • Keep water topped up in hot weather - bird baths, bee baths, shallow dishes for hedgehogs all need to be topped up with water in dry, hot weather. 

What to see: 

Hairy footed flower bee (March to mid June) 

Elephant hawkmoths 

Buff tailed bumblebee- (Bombus terrestris) 

Green shield bug. 

Peppered Moth 

Emperor Moth 

Your meadow mix wildflowers should be starting to flower this month, if they're not already. 

What to plant: 

Sow biennials for flowers next year:

  • Cosmos 
  • Poppies 
  • Forget me not 
  • Perennials such as cowslip and vetches can be sown now for next year.  
  • Wallflower (Erysimum)- perennial 
  • Softwood cuttings of winter honeysuckle can be planted now for winter flowering.
  • Shrubs such as Hebe species can be planted now. 
  • Agastache species (Giant hyssop) - perennial 
  • Great masterwort (Astrantia major)- perennial. 
  • Red campion (silene dioca) 

Don't forget to share your garden photos and questions with us on Facebook and Twitter or, if you've been gardening with wildlife in mind, enter our wildlife gardening Champions scheme, below!