Expert shares how to prune gardens in June for 'vibrant' summer

A florist has shared the measures to take in June that will get your garden perfect for the summer. Gardening ace from Eflorist, David Denyer said it was "crucial" to get this month right for the benefit of all the summer months.

He said: "June is a critical month for gardeners as it marks a pivotal time for pruning various flowers to ensure a vibrant and blossoming summer garden.

"Pruning during this period helps remove spent blooms, encourage new growth, and maintain plant health. Here are the key flowers gardeners should focus on pruning in June."

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Rambling roses need attention in June when they're blooming, as deadheading prompts more buds. Denyer advises cutting back any overgrown branches after getting rid of thin, sickly stems.

Taking out one-third of the old flowered stems, he notes, sparks fresh growth. "Tie in new, vigorous shoots as these will flower next year. Pruning after flowering helps the plant bloom well, prevents a tangled mess, ensuring flowers don't grow too high up the plant."

For perennials, the advice from David is clear-cut: early season pruning brings big rewards, reports the Express.

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"Commonly known as The Chelsea Chop in the UK, a pruning technique which coincides with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, involves cutting back plants at the end of May and June to prevent your plants from flopping, encourage bushier growths, and improve overall plant health."

Hardy geraniums, asters and stachys can be cut to the base after the initial flush of blooms fades to promote new growth and potentially even a "second flowering".

By incorporating the Chelsea Chop into your June gardening routine, the florist said gardeners can ensure their perennials continue to thrive and bring beauty to the garden throughout the summer months.

"For gardeners who love a dazzling display of colour, lavender and rhododendron shrubs are likely to be cherished residents in your garden."

"Most evergreen shrubs are low-maintenance and require little to no regular pruning."

"However, when required, pruning is carried out during early summer to maintain their shape, control their size, and remove any frost-damaged stems."

"When pruning an evergreen shrub, aim to remove one-third of older wood and cut any diseased or damaged shoots."

"Early-flowering evergreens, such as rhododendrons, daphnes and camellias, should be pruned right after they bloom to maximise flower buds for the following year."