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Practical Gardening Monthly

Hello Gardening Friends!  June has arrived ... the culmination of spring in the North, a month friendly to plants and people alike. It's starting to feel like summer with warmer temps and the gardens awakening with vigor.

Read on for a handy June Garden "To Do" list, flower fun facts, zone 5 & 6 garden inspiration, plus discover what's new and blooming at ...

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace."

May Sarton

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Selecting Hardy Roses

The best way to have success growing roses is by selecting hardy roses that do well in your gardening zone. Another huge factor is getting them off to the right start and planting them in our gardens where they will get enough sunlight (6 or more hours of direct sun per day).

Anyone can grow roses … if you can grow a petunia, you can grow a rose. Really!  Find easy care, hardy varieties now ...

Discover These Easy Care Roses
Recommended Dog Friendly Plants For Your Yard

Good site planning and proper plant selection provide the blueprint for a successful dog friendly yard … there are lots of plants, vines, and shrubs that can thrive alongside your four-legged friends. 

Explore our recommended dog friendly plants that will stand up to most canine activities … and look great all season long!

Fetch Dog Friendly Plants Here

June Garden "To Do" List:

  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs once they've finished flowering.  Now is the best time to prune them without affecting next year's floral display.
  • Finish planting annuals in containers and in bare spots in your garden. Large greenhouses and farmers markets will still have lots of selection at the beginning of the month.
  • Plant tubers and summer blooming bulbs. Tender bulbs, like dahlias, gladiolus, tropical cannas and caladiums, prefer to be planted now when the soil has warmed up.
  • Deadhead flowers regularly it not only keeps your landscape tidy-looking, it encourages certain flowers to bloom more.
  • Deal with those pesty dandelions continue pulling them out by hand or spraying them.  The best time to weed is after a good rain so you can easily pull out the roots.
  • Fertilize container gardens regularly watering flushes out many nutrients. For best results, use a special bloom-boosting fertilizer on flowering plants.
  • Inspect plants for Japanese beetles  especially roses, gourds, pumpkins, and squash. Read this for more tips to eradicate them.
  • Water your vegetable garden but it's best to do it deeply and infrequently. That encourages your veggie plants to develop deeper root systems so they can get through hot, dry periods more easily.
  • Mulch now use wood chips and other weed-suppressing materials now that the soil has warmed.
Travel To Midwestern Gardens

Need a little gardening inspiration? Looking for some cheer and vicarious travel?  Get inspired by the Midwest’s beautiful botanical gardens, arboretums, and other stunning natural attractions! Join us as we visit these wonderful Zone 5 & Zone 6 sites.  

Follow along and plan your own trips … you’ll even find a guide of local attractions to enjoy in the various towns and cities. Come back often as we keep adding new posts to our Illinois Gardens , Indiana Gardens, Iowa GardensMichigan Gardens & Wisconsin Gardens categories.

Visit Lilacia Park in Lombard IL

Located in Lombard, a western suburb of Chicago, Lilacia Park is renowned for its spectacular display of tulips and lilacs. This iconic village park showcases bursts of vibrant colors all year long ... a Chicagoland favorite dating back to 1927.

Indiana Dunes & Friendship Botanic Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens is a local treasure … an oasis of formal gardens mixed with nature trails tucked in an old-growth forest surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana. 

See Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

This beautiful garden is a must see when visiting eastern Iowa! Featuring over 60 types of gardens ranging from roses, hostas, English style, Japanese, herbs and more spread among 56 acres.

The hosta shade garden contains over 1,200 varieties of this shade loving perennial. It’s one of the largest collections of hostas in one place anywhere! 

Visiting Wisconsin's Boerner Botanical Gardens

With a dozen themed gardens, all blooming at different times of the year, Boerner Botanical Gardens always offers something new to see each time you visit.  

The spectacular gardens include the Rose Garden, Shrub Mall, Annual Garden, Herb Garden, Daylilly Walk, Rock Garden and Peony Garden.

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Is there a botanical garden, arboretum, or nature area you love and would like to see us feature in a future issue?  Please share below ...

Tell Us About Your Favorite Garden in Zone 5 / 6

Peony plants offer big, fluffy, fragrant flowers in a wide range of colors, forms and sizes. These resilient, long-lived perennial bushes have a history of popularity as a garden plant ...

Did you know ... 7 Fun Facts About Peonies!

  1. Peonies Are Regal - A peony represents wealth and honor. It also embodies romance and love, and are regarded as the omen of good fortune and happy marriage.
  2. Long Live Peonies! - Peony plants can live to be 100 years and still produce flowers.
  3. No Blues Here - Peonies come in every color except for blue.  Love the above specimen ... Pink Hawaiian Coral!
  4. That's Greek To Me - The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
  5.  Hoosiers Flora - The Peony is the state flower of Indiana
  6.  Ants In My Plants! - Ants help peonies bloom. Ants are attracted to a nectar that the flower bud produces. They will climb up the plant and help open the buds to get to the nectar that is inside. 
  7. Dr. Peony In The House - The Peony root and seed was once frequently used to treat headaches and asthma and to relieve pain associated with childbirth.

Dear Garden Friends, Thanks so much for reading!!  I hope you enjoyed the June newsletter and gleaned a few tips. Take care, get outside, plant flowers & vegetables, and savor nature. I'll be back in July with more tips and inspiration for your garden plots. Looking forward to visiting more botanical gardens soon and sharing with you! 

~ Laura a.k.a. Flower Chick

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