What To Plant

  • 4th of July pots and other accents of red/white/blue for a festive touch for your Independence Day party. Give plants a few weeks to grow in for the most polished look!

  • Your window to plant tomatoes, squash, and melons is closing. Get them in the ground soon!

  • Fruit trees, grapes, and berries will be arriving from our Growing Grounds. Add something delicious (and beautiful) to your garden.

  • Add lushness and texture to shaded areas with hostas.

  • Potted hydrangeas on a shaded patio or under a lath will add a large splash of color with their enormous blooms. Underplant with filling or spilling annuals for added polish.

  • Semi Dwarf Citrus may be smaller in stature but you can count on full-sized fruit! Plant citrus for fragrance, foliage, and fruit in the garden. They are excellent in containers as well as in-ground plantings.

Plant Protection

  • Before your cherries, blueberries, apricots, and other summer fruit begin to ripen, protect them from hungry birds with bird scare tape (shiny tape that moves in the wind), and plastic netting.

  • Hose off the branches of evergreen conifers every now and then through summer to discourage spider mites.

  • Protect your young Japanese Maples. Apply Cloud Cover spray to the foliage before the end of June and then monthly though the hot weather thereafter to protect the leaves from moisture loss.

  • Hungry tomato hornworms as well as geranium budworms and other caterpillars are ready to munch on your garden. Control them with earth friendly Captain Jack’s Dead Bug spray. Or head out at night with a blacklight and easily pick them off!

  • Put out Olive Fruit Fly Traps now and spray with Spinosad spray if-and-when flies are spotted.

Fertilizers

  • Transplants will benefit from RootMaster B-1 especially during hot months. This product helps to relieve transplant shock and stimulates new root growth.

  • Before you have trouble with blossom end rot in your tomatoes use Foli-cal. Blossom end rot creates a leathery brown patch at the bottom end of a tomato and is often caused by insufficient calcium. Varieties like Early Girl and paste types almost always get blossom end rot in the beginning of the season so don’t fret too much!

  • Look for yellow leaves on azaleas, citrus, and gardenias and treat with chelated iron if needed.

Maintenance

  • Before planting bedding plants be sure to prepare the soil, clean out any dead or diseased plant materials, and aim to water the bed lightly a day or two before planting your news additions.

  • Raise the height of your lawnmower to 2 ½ -3 inches for the summer. Taller grass survives hot temperatures better and helps shade our weed invaders.

  • Divide and repot your Cymbidiums if needed.

  • Clip runners off strawberries and feed to prolong harvest.

  • Remove spent flower stems from daylilies. While not absolutely necessary, you will get more blooms when you deadhead.

June is a great time to pop in and take the time to explore what you may have overlooked in the busy spring months.