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Shrubs that look good in June

We pick some of the best shrubs to grow for interest in June, including our fragranced favourites.

Every garden should have its fair share of shrubs, so it’s only right that they look the part.

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If it’s some everlasting structure and colour you’re after, then consider an evergreen plant for shade – it’s easy to propagate evergreen shrubs, too. Want maximum blooms? Here’s how to prune shrubs for more flowers.

Discover five gorgeous shrubs that look good in June, below.

Every garden should have philadelphus, or mock orange, for their heady scent alone.

Lavatera

Pictured is Lavatera maritima, which has white blooms flushed in the centre with a rich purple-pink. Other tree mallows will also be coming into bloom now, including ‘Barnsley’ and ‘Rosea’.

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Deutzia

By June, deutzias should be awash with starry blooms. They flower on growth from the previous year, so be sure to prune them immediately after flowering to encourage plenty of new growth, which will produce next year’s flowers. Here are seven shrubs to prune after flowering.

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Philadelphus

Every garden should have philadelphus, or mock orange, for their heady scent alone. Philadelphus ‘Lemoinei is said to be the most highly fragranced mock orange. As with deutzias, prune right after flowering.

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Hebe

Most hebe species and cultivars will be flowering in June. This includes the more familiar cultivars like ‘Paula’ and ‘Nicola’s Blush’, as well as those more novel like Hebe cupressoides ‘Boughton Dome’ (pictured).

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Roses

Ever reliable, most roses should flower from May and June onwards. Keep deadheading to encourage repeat flushes of the blooms. 

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Philadelphus: nine of the best

  • Philadelphus ‘Frosty Morn’: bush and compact, intense scent, double white flowers
  • Philadelphus ‘Virginal’: very fragrant, large double white flowers, a large shrub
  • Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’: very hardy, arching growth habit, fragrant single flowers
  • Philadelphus ‘Lemoinei’: extremely fragrant, single white flowers with lemon-yellow stamens, very hardy
  • Philadelphus ‘Manteau d’Hermine’: compact, intense fragrance, double creamy-white flowers
  • Philadelphus ‘Starbright’: purple tinted new growth, large single flowers, fragrant
  • Philadelphus ‘Snowstorm’: very hardy, scented white double flowers, vigorous grower
  • Philadelphus ‘Mont Blanc’: white single flowers, intense fragrance, very hardy
  • Philadelphus ‘Mexican Jewel’: white single flowers, intense fragrance, needs a sheltered spot