Top Ten June Blooms.

June is the most sumptuous month in the garden, bringing the velvety and silken delights of peonies, irises and roses. Roses are of course my absolute favourite June flowers but I wrote about them in my last post. There are so many glorious June flowers that choosing just ten is difficult. But fragrance in June is always wonderful so let’s start with a philadelphus. I have quite a few because I like to have their wonderful sweet fragrance following me round the garden Most of them are over now but the gleaming white flowers of Philadelphus ‘Snowbelle’ are still looking lovely. This one is perhaps not quite so fragrant but with large, double flowers it is much showier than most of the others and the bush is nice and compact.

Philadelphus ‘Snowbelle’

And now the lilies have started and my first into bloom is also the most fragrant. Lilium regale produces copious amounts of seed and blooms after only two years from seed so once you have it you never need be without it. I love the contrasting rosy pink buds and pink on the outside of the reflexed trumpets and the poached egg centres.

Lilium regale

My Himalayan giant lily. Cardiocrinum giganteum is blooming this year. When it has finished the bulb breaks up into lots of bubils and you have to wait seven years for it to bloom again. It produces large, dramatic seed heads but even I am a bit daunted by the long wait for blooms from seed. I have had it for nearly twenty years and this is the third time it has flowered. I bought a new one this year and I will buy one every year for the next few years so that in future I will always have one in bloom. This lily likes plenty of moisture and copious amounts of rich feeding. I buried a dead hen under it the first time I planted it. Obviously, I didn’t sacrifice it on purpose for the lily; one of my hens had died as hens are likely to do on a whim, for no apparent reason. I don’t keep hens now so the lily has to make do with lots of home made compost and manure. It is not as big as it was so I really think it needs a dead hen.

Cardiocrinum giganteum

It’s just as well that I grow plenty of deliciously scented flowers because I can’t resist aroids and the the most sinister looking one Dracunculus vulgaris smells of rotting meat to attract flies as pollinators.

Dracunculus vulgaris

Another aroid, Ariaema costatum doesn’t smell disgusting but it looks even more sinister, like a cobra which is just about to strike. It likes a damp soil and is great in a woodland setting.

Arisaema costatum

Let’s have another scented plant. Cistus ‘Ladanifer‘ is one of the showiest and most beautiful of the Cistus species. I love white flowers with dark purple centres and these look like crumpled taffeta.The flowers themselves aren’t scented but the whole plant is gummy and smells of the maquis and transports you to its home on the shores of the Mediterranean. It likes a sunny spot.

Cistus ‘Ladanifer’

For the next plant we have to go to another continent. Carpentaria californica is another sun loving shrub and this time the white flowers are more like those of anemones with lovely golden anthers. They look lovely against the glossy evergreen leaves. Unfortunately there is no scent.

Carpenteria californica

And now for something a bit more dramatic. The tall bottlebrush flowers of Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’ look like rockets. These plants need good drainage and plenty of sun. I grow them in my gravel garden. You have to be very careful not to damage the roots when you are planting them or weeding. The roots look like starfish and are easily broken.

Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’

Campanulas are ringing their bells all over the garden and they are very good at seeding themselves into the just the right spot to make a lovely picture. The peach-leaved Campanula persicifolia is everywhere here, in both white and sky -blue and I love their cup shaped flowers.

Campaula persicifolia
Campanula persicifolia

I love the huge violet blue bells of the hybrid Campanula ‘Sarastro’ This does not seed about but the clumps get ever larger.

Campanula ‘Sarastro’

The nettle-leaved Campanula trachelium can become a little over -enthusiastic when seeding around. But I was pleased with this next one because it appeared with double flowers.

Another double campanula with a pretty hose in hose effect is Campanula punctata ‘Wedding Bells’ This spreads into a nice clump and here it has seeded into a pot but the seedling is not double although it is still pretty.

Campanula punctata ‘Wedding Bells’seedling

I am not so keen on Campanula glomerata although the lilac coloured ‘Caroline’ is pretty.

Campanula glomerata ‘Caroline’

So far I haven’t featured any bright colours so let’s have a look at the snapdragon which I grew from seed last year. It is called Antirrhinum majus ‘Black Prince’ and the plants came out various shades of red. But they are all lovely. And this year they are nice big plants. This one looks good with the dark red leaves of Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’.

Antirrhinum majus ‘Black Prince’

Whist we are talking about black foliage let’s look at this lovely elder which is called ‘Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’. The pink flowers keep their colour and make an attractive looking pink elderflower cordial.

Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace.

Perhaps I should finish with one or two clematis as they are looking so good right now. I bought this one as the velvety wine coloured ‘Niobe’ and so I was rather disappointed when it bloomed as it was clearly wrongly labelled. Still it is pretty. I think it could be ‘Mrs. N. Thompson’.

This next one is Clematis ‘Piilau’. I love the colour and it is always full of blooms. Some of the flowers are double.

Clematis ‘Piilau’

Viticellas are really useful for this time of the year and unlike the large flowered clematis they rarely suffer from wilt. The lovely dark pink ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ has been beautiful for ages on the trellis in the secret garden and now it is joined by ‘Tie Dye’.

Clematis ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ and Clematis ‘Tie Dye’

I could go and on because June flowers are wonderful and it is hard to select just a few. But never mind there is always another day. Please join me and share some of your Top Ten June Blooms.

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34 Responses to Top Ten June Blooms.

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    A gorgeous selection of flowers! (And some of my favourites from my own garden are in there.) 🙂

  2. Relijen says:

    What a lovely experience it must be, taking a stroll through your garden at this time of year. 😀

  3. Pauline says:

    Another beautiful selection from you, your garden is a real delight. I manage to grow the cistus that you have but only by growing it in a pot, it wouldn’t like my heavy clay! Love your lilies, don’t you suffer from the dreaded lily beetle?

  4. Although the dead hen was a bit of a shock, again I am marvelling over your wonderful garden. 🙂

  5. Tina says:

    Beautiful June blooms!! I like the A. costatum, so different from the usual garden suspects!

  6. That’s a very diverse mix, all lovely of course. I have a Philadelphus mexicanus, which has been in the ground a few years now without a single bloom but I’m nonetheless pleased that it’s gained some girth this year, probably due to receiving good rainfall 2 years in a row. I have Lilium regale as well but its bloom is pending, while my Carpenteria california (native here) bloomed out months ago (and never looked as good as yours. I suspect that both my Philadelphus and Carpenteria, both sitting on slopes, would appreciate a good deal more water. I can’ even hope to have the beautiful Campanula and Clematis you grow so well.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, you and I can grow such different plants, I always envy your grevilleas, leucadendrons, eustomas and succulents to name but a few. But that is what makes blogging such fun sharing such diverse plant collections.

  7. Coincidentally, Loree of Danger Garden (at thedangergarden dot com) posted this morning on her visit to another Oregon garden that currently has 150 Cardiocrinum bloom stalks. I read it shortly after reading your post. I expect you would enjoy it so I wanted to point out the post. I didn’t include a link because I suspect WordPress might reject my comment if I did so.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Dranculculus vulgaris naturalized here a few years ago, and now smell so objectionable that we try to eradicate most of it. I would like to keep a bit of it confined just because the bloom is so weird. Philadelphus smells great, but did not do so well this year. Many are dying off all at the same time, as if from disease.

    • Chloris says:

      I have 2 or 3 dracuncuculus dotted about the garden, I don’t think I could stand the smell of having them en masse. I haven’t come across a philadelphus disease here but every year there seems to be a new plant pathogen.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Two or tree is already too many if they have potential to naturalize. I intend to keep mine confined, and will remove the seeds before they disperse.

  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Like you, I love June in the garden. Your selection looks wonderful, Liz. I just read a post about Himalayan lilies, (which I’d never seen before, now twice in one day) in a garden in Oregon US. There were hundreds of lilies about 7 feet tall. Amazing to view if you are interested:

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Eliza and thank you for the link, Kris mentioned it too. Mine was 7 foot initially but every time it blooms it gets shorter. I need another dead hen.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        My dad, following native American practice, used to put a fish in the hole. (He was a fisherman, so had ready access to them. A practice I’ve never followed!)

  10. Cathy says:

    Lots of interesting to plants to digest (not literally!) here, Chloris. I think your cardiocrinum was flowering when we visited the first time and I checked back to see when this was – June 2015, so only five years since it last bloomed and things are therefore looking up! How long did your Sparkling Burgundy take to flower? I have had mine about 4 or 5 years and it still just produces leaves (it’s in a pot). Interesting to read about your different campanula as I would like to add more of them here. I plan to link my second highlights of what should have been an open day on Sunday with this post, so shall come back later with the link. Thanks for hosting.

  11. Your campanulas look beautiful! Dripping with bells. I love them.

  12. snowbird says:

    What a wonderful selection from your paradise. Goodness, fancy the gigantic lily needing a dead hen! Glad she died of natural causes! Oh, those aroids are fabulous, I have one that absolutely reeks! The elder is delightful!xxx

    • Chloris says:

      I am fanatical about my plants but I wouldn’t go as far as killing hens for them. Even though Margaret was a very irritating and bossy hen, always complaining and picking fights. Dracunculus smells awful doesn’t it? But it looks so sinister and dramatic.

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  14. Such a beautiful garden, would love to spend the morning wandering around in it.

  15. Cathy says:

    Beautiful. 😃 I especially like your selection of Campanulas and the Philadelphus. I had no idea there are so many different ones… The giant lily is also very impressive.

  16. Wow, you have a glorious selection of June blooms. A little concerned about the blood sacrifice for the giant Himalayan lily, but the Regal Lily is fabulous. Love the Eremurus, I can grow it only as an annual. Ditto the Cistus and Carpenteria. The white C. persicifolia is my favorite bellflower!

  17. ecopoet says:

    Lovely garden walk

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