Ten Favourite June Blooms.

It really is impossible to pick out just ten blooms from all the glories in the June garden, but here goes, I will give it a try. I have already written about roses which are my all time favourites. But I love them so much that they have to come in at number one on my June list.  So here are a few more.

Rosa ‘Blush Rambler’ is scrambling up the trunk of the big cherry tree. I had the tree cut down this year but the trunk remains to give support to this lovely rose. I think it is the best of the multiflora ramblers with masses of flowers and healthy, glossy foliage. It doesn’t hang on to its fading petals either so it always looks good.

Rosa ‘Blush Rambler’

It looks lovely against the dark leaves of Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’.

I love single flowers so I am particularly fond of the Hybrid Musk rambler ‘Francis E Lester’. It has apple-blossom pink flowers which fade to white. Later it has masses of long lasting small hips.

Rosa ‘Francis E. lester’

I adore old fashioned roses but now and then I fall for a modern one, specially if it has single flowers. I couldn’t resist ‘Smiling Eyes’ when I came across it the other day. It is pink with  dark pink centres which turn apricot as they mature.

Rosa ‘Smiling Eyes’

Of course, having bought this rose I couldn’t find room for it, or for any of the other ones that I suddenly find I can’t live without. So here we go, digging up more lawn. Which is no fun in this heat. And anyway it is totally stupid to plant anything in hot weather, watering already takes a large chunk out of my day.


Of my old fashioned roses, the gallica ‘Charles de Mills’ is one of my favourites. It is always healthy and spreads nicely, the flowers are such a glorious colour and shape and it is fabulously fragrant.

Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’

David Austin roses are all gorgeous but if I had to choose just one it would be ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ because of the fabulous colour of the flowers and also the super stems and foliage which set off the flowers so well.

Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’

The fleeting flowers of the oriental poppies are over now but I have to include them as they are June blooms. One I always grow is the tall, bright red ‘ Beauty of Livermere’ because my father grew it and it reminds me of my childhood, but the scarlet flowers are hard to place unless you like very bold colour schemes. Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’ is  much more subtle and always a favourite. It is a sumptuous rich plum colour although it doesn’t die elegantly and the flowers turn brown with age.  It was found on a compost heap in the 1990’s.

Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’

Papaver orientale ‘ Cedric Morris’ is a greyish pink, although it seems to be variable, mine isn’t very grey.  It was one of Cedric Morris’s seedlings although he was rather disparaging about it, he rather rudely said it is the colour of dirty knickers. It is sometimes known as ‘Cedric’s Pink’.

Papaver orientale ‘Cedric Morris’

There are several black and white poppies, I grow one called ‘Checkers’ which has a distinct black cross on the satiny white petals. Here it is with the single white peony ‘White Wings’.

Papaver orientale ‘Checkers.’

Up until the early twentieth century there were only red oriental poppies.  A nursery man in Enfield, Essex, Amos Perry discovered a pink one growing in his nursery beds in 1906 and called it ‘Mrs. Perry’ after his wife. In 1913 he received an irate letter from one of his customers complaining that one of his poppies was white. He swapped it for some montbretia corms, called it ‘Perry’s White’  and began breeding new colours. Today of course, there is a whole range of pinks, reds, oranges and whites and we are spoiled for choice.

Next to ‘Checkers’ you can see the glaucous leaves of the shiny, black opium poppy, Papaver somniferum ‘Black Beauty’. They seeded themselves from last year but I had to weed out the ones that didn’t come true. Some are single, some are double, but all are gorgeous.

Papaver somniferum ‘Black Beauty’

On my ‘beach’ in front of the shed I grow the orange horned poppy Glaucium corniculatum. You see the yellow one Glaucium flavum on the beaches and dunes in Suffolk. They like a poor, sandy soil.  Gerard said that ‘the juice mixed with meale and honey, ruindisieth old rotten and filthy ulcers‘. So that is handy to know if you are unfortunate enough to be afflicted in this way. The orange ones are not long lived but they do seed about.

Glaucium corniculatum

Irises are also flowers that grace early June and they are all too fleeting. In the past I have grown plenty of flounced and frilly bearded irises in amazing colours and I still do.

But nowadays I appreciate the subtler charms of the Cedric Morris hybrids.

And I particularly enjoy growing them from seed because you never know what you will get. Here are four off my own seedlings.

I have grown two very pretty Pacific Coast Irises from seed taken from a rather undistinguished parent. One of them is a lovely shade of pink and the other is buttercup yellow. it is a much brighter yellow than it appears on the photo.

Of course, we have to include full blown peonies which loll about the June garden like pampered courtesans because who would be without them? My favourite is Paeonia lactiflora ‘ Sarah Bernhardt’.  It is sumptuous and fragrant too.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’

‘Festiva Maxima’ is another fragrant one. It looks like whipped  cream with a little raspberry juice swirled in.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia ‘Monsieur Jules Elie’

I love white flowers and I would not be without the lovely white corncockle, Agrostemma githago ‘Milas Snow Queen’. It has satiny petals with pretty markings that look as if someone has doodled on it with a brown crayon. It is poisonous but then why would you want to eat it? It is an annual but it seeds itself and the self-sown seedlings are very tall. I grow it with Ammi, delphiniums and the lovely primrose coloured dandelion -like Andryala integrifolia. This actually belongs to the daisy family. It grows wild in Tuscany where I collected a few seeds. I have never seen it offered for sale here which is a pity as it is so pretty.

Agrostemma githago ‘Milo Snow Queen’ with Ammi and Andryala integrifolia.

Corncockle, Agrostemma githago ‘Milas Snow Queen’ with delphiniums.

Another white flower which you don’t see very often is Crambe cordifolia. It throws up a stem bearing a huge cloud of froth consisting of hundreds of tiny flower. Bees love the honey scented flowers. It sets off roses beautifully. It is actually a brassica. Everyone wants to know what it is and nobody believes me when I tell them that it is a Giant Kale.

Crambe cordifolia

Now in late June all my white flowers are disfigured with pollen beetle. I planned to include beautiful pure white Madonna and Regale lilies and I worked so hard for weeks to keep them free of lily beetle. Now just as they are in bloom they are unsightly as they are covered in these little beasts. Madonna lily, Lilium candidum used to grow beautifully in cottage gardens but these days it is tricky. I believe that the whole lot are infested with a virus and they go into a decline very quickly. The only way that I can keep them going is to dig them up and keep them going in the greenhouse in the winter as the leaves keep growing all winter long. In the greenhouse they get fed and watered and cossetted but if left outside they dwindle away.

Lilium candidum

The trumpet shaped flowers of Lilium regale are yellow inside and striped pink on the outside of the petals and  they smell divine. I have found this the easiest lily to grow from seed. I have painstakingly picked off all the lily beetles on this next picture but in minutes they will be back.

Lilium regale

June is the month when the campanulas are ringing their bells all over the garden. Most of them seed around happily so you never need to be without them. The peach-leaved campanula, Campunula persicifolia in blue or white is the most enthusiastic self seeder but is always welcome.

Tall growing Campanula lactiflora ‘Pritchards Variety’ benefits from the Chelsea chop to keep it tidy but I didn’t bother as the border is so densely planted that there is no room for it to flop.

Campanula lactiflora ‘Pritchard’s Variety’

I am fond of the huge deep purple bells of Campanula ‘Sarastro’. It is similar to ‘Kent Belle’ but much longer lasting and I think it is prettier.

Campanula ‘Sarastro’

Very similar but more violet in colour I have Campanula ‘Summertime Blues’. It is a perfect match for Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

Campanula ‘Summertime Blues’ with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Amongst the smaller ones ‘Wedding Bells’ is pretty and ‘Spring Bell’is a delight.

And here are a few more, as you can see, I can’t resist them.

I am now at number ten and I don’t know what to chose. I have not talked about delphiniums or thalictrums and I should have mentioned clematis. But I am going to finish with my beautiful hardy orchids. I read somewhere that Dactylorhiza fuschii destroys honey fungus which is an on going problem in my garden. I bought one at great expense and waited for it to seed around into honey fungus- destroying carpets.  It never has any seedlings at all but it does come back every year and it is beautiful.

Dactylorhiza fuchsii

And my slipper orchid, Cypripedium ‘Kentucky’ is my pride and joy. It blooms in early June so I have a whole year to wait until I see it again.

Cyprypedium ‘Kentucky’

Please do join in and show us your Top Ten June Blooms. Or just one or two if you are short of time.

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43 Responses to Ten Favourite June Blooms.

  1. pbmgarden says:

    How I enjoy seeing what treats you grow and I love that you just dig up some more lawn, and why not? Those poppies are amazing. Never have seen the black and white. Your irises are lovely too and remind me of several I have(mine are unknown names).

    • Chloris says:

      I do keep digging up lawn at an alarming rate. If I had any sense I would be thinking of ways to make the garden more labour saving. But clearly I have no sense at all. I am pleased wth my seed grown irises but I wish I could get one that looks like no other one. Maybe one day, I will get a stunning one with unusual colouring.

  2. Very beautiful blooms. Loved seeing this post

  3. Such a gorgeous post! I cannot even pick a favorite, they are all beautiful!! 💗💐

  4. tonytomeo says:

    You have so many spring flowers still blooming! I have not seen iris here in a long time. Are Pacific Coast iris very popular? The cultivars are somewhat popular here, but most people who grow them water them so much that the rot. We have quite a few at work that are doing well because they get nothing, although some are too shaded to bloom well. I grew up with the native Pacific Coast iris, which is not as colorful as the cultivars, but is prettier in a way. The blue is variable, ranging from almost navy blue, but very light almost gray blue. I used to pick them, but they wilt by the time I get them into water.

    • Chloris says:

      Some of my June flowers bloomed earlier in the month, for instance the irises have finished now. I don’t know whether Pacific Coast irises are popular here, but come to think of it I haven’t seen them in a lot of gardens. I don’t know why, they are very easy.

      • tonytomeo says:

        I had them in a former garden, not because I planted them, but because they were there before the garden or even the home were there.

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What a glorious collection of blooms! Your garden must be wonderful to wander around at this time of the year. Impossible to pick a favourite, but like you, I do love irises. I never thought to try growing them from seed and I’ll certainly try that when the time comes. The black poppy is fascinating and rather special too.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jane. Yes, the June garden is heavenly. Irises are great fun to grow from seed because you never know what you will get. I grew some Siberian irises from seed too .

  6. I love all of these, but especially the roses and the poppies. I always think of June as rose month, even though some of the newer hybrids bloom all season long. But I adore all the “favorites” you’ve shared here. 🙂

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Beth. Yes, June is the rose month and they are absolutely outstanding this year, I can’t remember ever seeing them as good as this. I think they liked all the spring wet we had here.

  7. susurrus says:

    This is a beautiful collection. Nice to see R. ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ looking so radiant but I can see why you lingered over the campanulas. I especially like C. ‘Sarastro’ and ‘Pride of Exmouth’ but don’t think I would have realised that C. ‘Samantha’ was a campanula had you not mentioned it.

  8. Flighty says:

    A most enjoyable post and lovely pictures. xx

  9. Christina says:

    What a glorious selection this month, Liz. Here the plants are beginning to feel the effects of the heat although it is much cooler than last year at this time. I’m very envious of your Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’; I would love to grow it, but I’ve never seen one for sale here – ever!
    I’ll try to put together a post to join you this month.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Christina. My plants are beginning to look stressed too. I have been watering pots, veggies and newly planted areas but everything else has to take its chance. Yes, Forest Pansy is stunning, well worth looking out for.

  10. rusty duck says:

    What a fabulous show! Lady Emma Hamilton is a lovely rose but your orchids are just glorious. I’m afraid I take little heed of the season but plant and shift things around as fancy takes me. Although this year it is proving a bit challenging. We don’t do hot and dry in the south west as a rule!

  11. Heyjude says:

    Your garden blooms are stunning! So many beautiful plants. I do like all the different campanula. And the orchids are something else!

  12. They’re all gorgeous! Your campanulas remind me how much I miss having them. Eventually, when the TGGR takes care of all the current problems, I definitely plan to have them again. Had a lovely C. persicifolia called Chettle Charm (which I think has an alias but can’t recall it… a man’s name that escapes me..) in my last garden. It was white with soft blue along the petal edges.

  13. Chloris says:

    Ah yes, Chettle Charm, a real beauty. I have had this and carelessly lost it. Well worth seeking out.

  14. Lovely and amazing, still wishing for magic carpet transport to your garden

  15. Such delicious roses – ‘Blush Rambler’, ‘Francis Lester’, and ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ are all irresistible. I wanted to stick my nose against the computer screen to smell your lilies, and I may be in love with Campanula ‘Samantha’.

  16. Brian Skeys says:

    A wonderful tour as always Chloris. I am beginning to appreciate Campanula more all the time, I have always had ‘lactiflora’ now more are being introduced, they are as useful as geraniums. Shrinking lawns is a common gardening problem!

  17. Kris P says:

    Roses, poppies, Iris, peonies – and then you throw in an orchid! Whittling down to 10 top blooms seems nigh on impossible in your garden. I’m hoping to try my hand at growing more Pacific Coast Irises from seed myself but the seedpods are taking their sweet time maturing. I managed to cobble together a list of my top 10 blooms on a somewhat more timely basis this month, which you can find here: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2018/06/junes-top-10-blooms.html

    • Chloris says:

      Coming up with just ten beauties is a problem for you too Kris. Thank you for joining in. It’s always a treat to see what is looking extra special in your garden

  18. Peter Herpst says:

    Oh Chloris, you have so many glorious blooms. I’m especially impressed with your success with orchids. It’s dangerous to look at these posts as now I want to try growing them myself.

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  20. Cathy says:

    A bit late, but here are my June favourites, Chloris https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/june-stalwarts/ Thanks for your hosting and sharing yours – I too plan to add more roses and am working out the best way to do so!

  21. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! I especially love all the different Campanulas. We have a few flowering wild around us which is always such a lovely sight. I am afraid I have been very short on time, but will try to post one or two June favourites soon!

  22. snowbird says:

    I did enjoy all of these delights! Smiling eyes is charming, Lady Emma Hamilton is utterly delicious, how I’d like to smell her! You have some stunning Iris too, the one you sent me has done really well this year, it is clumping nicely and has the sweetest mustard yellow flowers. I am fond of Campanulas so enjoyed seeing your exotic ones. The star of the show for me has to be that heavenly Slipper orchid, what a darling.
    I know what you mean about watering, it takes me two and a half hours a day to get a light dusting of water on plants, I can’t imagine how long it takes you! Here’s to someone doing a rain dance!xxx

  23. I’m having great difficulties on commenting on some WordPress blogs at the moment Chloris and had to give up last night after several tries 😦 I enjoyed your post. What a considerate rose not to hold on to its faded petals. I have a ‘Blush Noisette’ grimly holding on to its sun crisped flowers which is not a pretty sight. I’m most fond of campanulas too. I recently came across ‘Pink Octopus’ at a plant stall but I dithered and the plant slithered off with somebody else. A friend has since said that it’s not hardy. I was wondering whether it’s one you grow? Fingers crossed now that this comment will not disappear into the ether.

    • Chloris says:

      So frustrating when one’s comments just disappear like that. Yes, I have tried ‘Pink Octopus’ twice and it just disappeared both times so I have given up on it.

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