Top Plant Picks June 2021

Top Plant Picks June 2021

Published: June 1, 2021

Say hello to summer by taking a stroll through our gardens! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for June.

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)

Bloom Time: April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Rabbit

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 8

Other:  Small tree, growing to 15 – 20′. Vibrant, red-purple summer foliage.

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer & drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other:  Nice rounded habit, adds great shape and texture to the perennial border.

Zones: 3 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Chinese Astilbe (Astilbe chinensis ‘Visions in Purple’)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees, moths, butterflies

Tolerates: Heavy shade, deer & rabbit

Native to North America: No

Other:  Foliage is fern-like. The color of blooms is almost electric. Looks best when planted in groups.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Weaver Walk

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ‘Soulmate’)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer & wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other:  Provides nectar for butterflies and is a vital food source for Monarch butterfly larvae.

Zones: 3 – 6

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Red False Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry

Wildlife: Butterflies & Hummingbirds

Tolerates: Drought & heat

Native to North America: Yes

Other: A desert plant with a long bloom period.

Zones: 5 – 10

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Big Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Twist-n-Shout’)

Bloom Time: May – August

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies – however only the smaller florets are fertile

Tolerates: Shade

Native to North America: No

Other:  Showy blooms which vary in color from blue to pink depending on the soil pH. ‘Twist-n-Shout’ is the first reblooming cultivar.

Zones: 6 – 9

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana ‘Green Shadow’)

Bloom Time: June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Clay, wet soil & deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other:  Fragrant flowers. Oval, tight growth habit.

Zones: 5 – 10

Location: Weaver Walk

Miniature Rose (Rosa ‘Minnie Pearl’)

Bloom Time: May – August

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & Butterflies

Tolerates: Alkaline soils

Native to North America: Yes

Other:  Spicy fragrance emits from an elegant, light peach tone.

Zones: 4 – 11

Location: Rose Study Garden


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