My Top Ten June Blooms. Midsummer Magic.

Top of my June list has to be roses of course but they deserve their own post and anyway there are so many other beauties vying for attention that I don’t know where to start.

Perhaps we should begin with the most overdressed flowers of the June garden; the peonies, they have such gloriously inflated hair styles  that they cannot hold the heads up so they loll about drunkenly. The biggest drama queen is appropriately enough ‘Sarah Bernhardt’

Paeonia  lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’

But just as flamboyant is this one.

Paeonia ‘Monsieur Jules Elie’

At this time of the year I suddenly find all my white and and pale pink flower are unsightly with pollen beetles.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Laura Dessert’

‘Karl Rosenfield’ is fragrant as well as beautiful.

Paeonia lactoflora ‘Karl Rosenfield’

I love single flowers and Paeonia ‘Krinkled White is fragrant too.

Paeonia lactifora ‘Krinkled White’

‘Doreen’ is a gorgeous deep pink.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Doreen’

Most of the bearded irises and the damp loving Iris sibirica  are over now but I have  an unusual pinky lilac double  Iris sibirica  called Pink Parfait’ which blooms later than most.

Iris sibirica ‘Pink Parfait’

Iris chrysographes ‘Black Knight’ is looking sultry and gorgeous.

Iris chrysographes ‘Black Knight’

I love orchids and the hardy Lady’s Slipper orchids are wonderfully exotic looking. I thought my Cypripedium ‘Kentucky Pink’ wasn’t going to bloom this year but then I found it when I was pulling out the dead forgetmenots and I very nearly beheaded it. These plants like a woodland setting.

Cypripedium ‘Kentucky Pink’

It is a good thing that I have the scent of roses all round the garden because my next plant is very smelly, it smells of rotting meat because it is fertilised by flies. But it looks darkly sinister and I love it. It is called Dracunculus vulgaris and it is very vulgar indeed.

Dracunculus vulgaris

 Arisaema costatum is another aroid and it looks very sinister indeed with a cobra-like hood and an elongated spadix like a whip.

Arisaema costatum

Carpentaria californica is a lovely shrub with white  flowers and glossy leaves, it belongs to the hydrangea family, hydrangeaceae It needs a warm sunny spot. it is lightly fragrant.

Carpentaria californica

Carpentaria is sometimes called a bush anemone although it is not an anemone at all. But I do have a lovely anemone in bloom right now. It is a hybrid called ‘Wild Swan’. I love the white petals which are lilac on the back.

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’

For fragrance in the garden or in a vase you can’t beat the cottage garden favourites for June, Pinks.  As I grow several stinky arisaemas this is important. It occurs to me that I have never written about Pinks before or even taken many photos of them and I can’t think why as I love them. They  are members of the Dianthus family but they look nothing like the gawky bunches of cheap carnations that you find on garage forecourts. They are easy from cuttings called pips. You just gently tug a non-flowering shoot, trim it just below a leaf joint and pull away the lower leaves. They like good drainage so I put them round the edges of a pot of compost mixed with grit. They can go in the propagator but a polythene bag will do just as well. If you beg cuttings from friends as I do then you end up with quite a few that you don’t know the name of.


Some of them are low growing and make pretty mats.

Dianthus ‘Starry Eyes’

The laced Pinks which were so beloved by the Victorians are particularly appealing.

Dianthus ‘Gran’s Favourite’

Dianthus ‘Laced Prudence’

I have a very tall growing pink which I saw running through Tom Stuart- Smith’s meadow a few years ago. It is Dianthus carthusianorum. I saw this growing wild in Translyvania where the wild flower rich meadows are a wonderful sight.

Dianthus carthusianum

Elder flowers are very fleeting and if you want to make Elder flower cordial you have to be quick about it. I sometimes make it with the pink flowered Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’because it makes pink cordial. This was a gift from a friend and a very welcome one too. The name is very appropriate because it does look just like lace.

Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

Campanulas have been ringing their bells round the garden for some time now and in July there will be more to come. The peach-leaved campanula, Campanula persicifolia seeds around everywhere and is always welcome.

Campanula pericisifolia

The white one looks lovely with Cornus alternifolia.

Campanuula persicifolia

The nettle leaved Campanula trachelium can seed a bit too enthusiastically and it comes up everywhere.

Campanula trachelium

I don’t remember planting this double one.

The double Campanula trachelium ‘Bernice’ is a delight.

Campanula trachelium ‘Bernice’

As I have never grown Canterbury Bells, Campanula medium this next one is a bit of a mystery.

Campanula medium

I love the big bells of Campanula punctata.

Campaunulcampanula punctata ‘Sarastro’

Campanula punctata ‘Pink Chimes’

The little alpine campanulas are quite irresistible.

Campanula pulla

And how about the sky blue bells of the appropriately called ‘Tubby’?

Campanula cochlearifolia ‘Tubby’

Perhaps I will finish with some clematis. Soon the viticellas will be getting going and they are a joy of the July garden. But for June I have a new one, well new to me, it was launched in 2013. It is ‘Samaritan Joe’ and is such a gorgeous colour.

Clematis ‘Samaritan Joe’

On the trellis in my secret garden Clematis viticella ‘Madame Julie Correvon’ is romping away, she is always the first of my viticellas to bloom.

Clematis ‘Madame ‘Julie Correvon’

Here are few more clematis which are looking good at the moment.

It does seem a shame and ungrateful not to mention all the other June flowers which are gracing the garden at the moment, I have not feaured any delphiniums and I love the shades of blue they come in and what about lupins and geraniums? Oh well, there is always another post. But now, the garden calls; it is lovely and warm, friends are coming round and the Pianist has made some scones. So off I go to enjoy a summer’s day in the way I like best.
If you can spare the time to post your favourite June blooms and link with mine, that would be lovely.

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45 Responses to My Top Ten June Blooms. Midsummer Magic.

  1. I would guess that you never spend anytime inside, as your garden is so full of blooms.

  2. Tina says:

    Your June blooms are just stunning. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite from this post, but the ‘Black Knight’ is quite something. While the flowers are certainly worth this visit, it’s too bad we can’t have scones with them. 🙂 Thanks for hostessing this fun meme, here’s my contribution to June blooming:

    • Chloris says:

      I wish you could join us for tea and scones too Tina. Yes, Black Knight is very eye- catching Thank you for joining in this month. I always enjoy seeing the very different plants you grow in your part of the world and all your wildlife too.

  3. bcparkison says:

    Scones sound lovely …with a cup of tea while enjoying the beauty of your garden.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful flowers and such variety among species, Chloris. Your garden is a marvel.

  5. Scones on a summer afternoon in a beautiful garden – sounds like paradise Chloris 🙂 I’m currently enjoying one of the pinks from my parent’s garden that I took cuttings from. It’s not the white one that I hankered after but a very pink pink. Still highly prized by me and I intend to take cuttings this year in case my sister would like one. Clematis ‘Samaritan Joe’ looks rather special. Does it keep one of your roses company?

    • Chloris says:

      You are welcome to tea and scones in the garden at any time Anna if you ever make your way to Suffolk. Pinks are easy from cuttings and it is always special to have plants from your parent’s garden.

  6. Heyjude says:

    Your June blooms are blooming gorgeous! What a garden! I do hope my new Campanulas seed and spread themselves around on the Cornish hedge where I have planted them!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jude. Campanulas are usually very generous with their seeding and there is always the chance of something a bit different. I have a little seedling with pink and white variegations on the leaves which is exciting.

  7. Wow, those are stunning Peonies and Irises–and everything else! Mine are done and I am sad. The Peonies seemed especially fragrant this year, but maybe they always are and I just take them for granted until the next year. Happy late June! Happy summer!

    • Chloris says:

      Paeonia lactiflora blooms don’t last long but you can extend the season by having early and late flowering ones. In my garden ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ and ‘Festiva maxima’ are long gone, but I have the ones I featured here to prolong the season. Happy summer to you too, let’s enjoy every minute.

  8. Kris P says:

    One lovely specimen after another but the ‘Black Knight’ Iris made me gasp – it’s spectacular. The blooms on your Carpenteria californica are a good 2 months behind mine and yours is a more prolific bloomer but, as mine survives on my nasty, dry back slope, I won’t malign it. It goes without saying that I’m in awe of your peony collection but I’m also envious of your Clematis and Campanulas. I’m planning to plant one of the large-flowered Clematis in my garden in the fall and then pray for rain akin to the levels we enjoyed this past winter.

    • Chloris says:

      Here, Carpenteria needs a nice sunny, protected spot to do well. Yes, the iris is lovely but then any kind of iris is beautiful to me, I love the whole tribe. I still dream of the meadows of them that Christina and I saw in Italy in April and I am trying to source some of those varieties. Clematis are useful because you can get ones blooming nearly all through the year if you choose your varieties. As for peonies, at this time of the year I want to fill my garden with them.

  9. janesmudgeegarden says:

    So many flowers to wonder at, Chloris, it must be an absolute joy to be in your garden. Each time you post I see something I would like to try, but I have to be sensible and admire such plants as clematises from a distance. The irises and dianthus are plants I can grow here, and I’m slowly building my collection up. The dianthus is very hardy indeed and it’s rewarding to grow it.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jane. I try to feature one or two unusual plants each month to give people ideas of plants they may like to try. In my turn I like to get ideas from other blogs, we can all learn from one another. Clematis don’t need to take up much room, you can always grow them up shrubs.

  10. Cathy says:

    It is always a pleasure to see what is flowering in your garden each month. I think your clematis were the highlight for me this time. Interesting to know that the Black Lace flowers make elderflower cordial pink. I have just planted one (only two flower heads this year!) and will have to try it out as soon as it is big enough, although we have so many white elderflowers growing all around us.

    • Chloris says:

      I love Sambucus Black Lace and the pink cordial is so pretty. Yes, clematis are lovely and so useful as there is always room for just one more.

  11. Pauline says:

    Your roses and peonies are a delight. I must move my peonies as they are in too much shade now and produce hardly any flowers. I hope my campanulas seed around, I could do with more white ones that suddenly appeared in the garden last year. Each month your garden has such a wonderful selection of blooms.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Pauline. Peonies are worth every effort to keep happy and they are so long lived. Campanulas are wonderful at popping themselves just where they look good. I have never had to plant them. My Canterbury Bell appeared fron nowhere. Thank you for joining in with your lovely June favourites.

  12. You have an incredible profusion of flowers! Blooms are rather sparse here at the moment. I love all the Bellflowers, especially C. persicifolia.

  13. pbmgarden says:

    Tubby is definitely a winner and I love your ‘Black Knight’ iris. Wow–a show-stopper! And the pinks…

    • Chloris says:

      I know you love irises too, this one is worth seeking out. As for the pinks, I’ve always rather taken them for granted but they adorable and smell divine.

  14. tonytomeo says:

    Iris in summer? Even our Iris xiphium finished blooming already. It would be nice to get some so late. Of course, there are many iris that we do not grow here.

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  16. homeslip says:

    Oh they are all wonderful, well apart from the smelly one perhaps. Lots of peony and iris inspiration too – just what I need in my rabbit playground. I grew P, Sarah Bernhardt in my old garden (should have divided her as she had formed a most imposing presence) but here I have several plantings of a white double (P. duchesse de Nemours?) whose scent I prefer. I also grew I. sibirica around my pond (another plant I should have brought with me) but a new one is on my list. I am very relieved the rabbits have left my pinks alone (so far). They are in a parterre along with Iris Sable, I. Jayne Phillips and I. Polesden Lacey (so called because it came from PL) as well as lavender, rosemary, thyme, purple sage and a special white-flowered vervain and I think the rabbits do not like any of these plants? This weekend we are going to reinforce the kitchen garden with chicken wire and make good wire cages for the new roses, Clematis (the woody stem of my new C. Mme Julia Correvon was bitten through this week and she was romping through a lilac) and jasmine growing up the pergola posts and then my plan is to grow what the rabbits do not appear to nibble (quite a lot of my favourites) and live with any damage. May I ask you if rabbits like astrantia? (yet another plant I should have divided when I moved). The rabbits mostly leave Geranium, tiarella and astilbe alone and astrantia may be the same? Looking forward to your roses post. My dear mum’s birthday today so I am going to have a rosy posy afternoon at Parham and come home for tea and scone in the garden. I note at Parham they cleverly grow spiky eryngium around the roses to deter rabbits. Also native harebells are on my list for the meadow. Phew, another long comment, but your posts always give me so much information and inspiration, thanks Chloris.

    • Chloris says:

      Duchesse de Nemours is a beautiful early flowering peony, yes I agree a lovely scent. Oh dear, what a dreadful rabbit problem you have. Rabbits watch you planting and love new delicacies. I have a rabbit fence all round the garden so at last I can keep them out. It doesn’t stop the Muntjaks though.

  17. Cathy says:

    Always lots to learn from your posts Chloris – must ‘have a go’ at cuttings from the pinks for next year, to add to my plant stall! I have not managed to buy a ‘Samaritan Jo’ yet as it always seems to be out of stock (if people email Samaritans they are responded to by a generic volunteer called Jo, hence the name). I have been having a relatively ‘lazy’ week so am late in adding my link and I know you have already read my post – thanks for hosting

    • Chloris says:

      Thanks for the background to the clematis name, I wondered why it was called that. It’s a beauty, an impulse buy; I saw it and had to have it. I’m looking forward to hearing more about Hampton Court.

      • Cathy says:

        There is a Samaritan rose too which coincidentally I have in a vase in front me, a gift from a friend who has the rose

  18. So many beautiful blooms, Chloris! Enjoy your garden, and the scones, while the weather’s nice! 😀

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Ali, how nice to hear from you. You haven’t blogged for ages, what’s going on in your garden?

      • Thank you, Chloris! I know I haven’t! No particular reason, other than I felt I had little to blog about. The garden is maturing nicely, with no major changes – just the occasional tweak! I definitely think though, it’s time for an update!

      • Chloris says:

        I think so too, you must have got some more scented flowers since you last posted.

  19. susurrus says:

    Your post made me think that S. ‘Black Lace’ might be good for Mum’s garden, but it is perhaps a bit too big. It’s a marvellous plant. I love the peonies and can see why R. ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ is a favourite.

    • Chloris says:

      My daughter had Black Lace in a pot but I suspect it will soon outgrow it. You could keep it smaller by cutting it back, that way you would get enormous leaves but probably sacrifice the flowers. Yes, if I could only have one rambler it would have to be Paul’s Himalayan Musk.

  20. Love the idea of pink elderflower cordial! As always your garden is a joy x

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