With long days and – hopefully! – plenty of sunlight, June is the perfect time to be out in the garden, and there’s plenty to do to keep it looking at its best throughout the summer months. 

Here’s our list of jobs to tick off your list this June. 

  • Prune late spring or early summer shrubs after flowering and thin out the older stems 

  • If you are growing tall cottage garden plants like hollyhocks or delphiniums, make sure they are supported with a sturdy cane 

  • Deadhead roses by snapping off just below the bloom to encourage new flowers 

  • Continue adding summer bedding plants to borders and containers 

  • Lift and store tulip bulbs after flowering 

  • Check containers and hanging baskets every day to ensure they don’t dry out in hot weather, and encourage more flowering by giving them a liquid feed every few weeks 

  • Check plants daily and water if the soil is dry 

  • Keep your compost bin moist and turn the contents once a week 

  • Keep on top of weeding 

  • Pick sweet peas as soon as they flower to encourage more blooms 

  • Earth up potato plants as they grow 

  • Harvest salad crops and resow every fortnight for a constant supply  

  • Prune cherry or plum trees 

  • Store rainwater in water butts and use as much as possible 

  • Pinch out sideshoots on tomato plants 

  • Mow your lawn at least once a week