Late Spring Headed into Summertime

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Modern swimming pool with spa and architectural railing. Pool coping and terrace using Kodiak Granite. Mass plantings of mixed perennials in background by Rebecca Lamphere, Garden Designer.
My backyard in Great Barrington from a bench tucked under an old Apple tree. Our timber frame screen porch is off the corner of the house with a bluestone terrace, facing east. Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) blooming to the right side; I call this the “graduation” tree and it blooms the whole month of June. To the left is an American Elderberry (Sambucus candensis). In the background are mixed Rhododendrons. Again more 4-season favorites.
Classic New England covered front porch in Great Barrington Historic Neighborhood. Weeping Red Jade Crabapple (Malus) off porch corner. Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii) in background. Two of my favorite plants to use for their 4-season interest.

This has been one of the wettest springs as far as regular rainy days. It has delayed many a site project; you cannot move earth and set stones and boulders in the mud!

June is the time to:

• Study what is blooming in your garden and where. Do you like the plants you have?
• With the days getting sunnier and warmer, where would you like some natural shade from a tree?
• Evaluate your outdoor furniture and umbrellas. Visit the showroom at Barrington Outfitters on Main Street in Great Barrington for ideas.
• Consider adding containers of annual flowers for guaranteed blooms all summer. I go to Ward’s Garden Center and Taft’s Farm in GB, MA for these.
• Start a journal about what plants you like (and don’t like), features you want to add, etc. Do this on your phone, pad or an actual hand-written journal.
• Sit in your garden, with your favorite drink, and enjoy the view.

The longest day of the year is June 21st – spend evening outdoors until sunset if you can. In Traverse City, MI (Annie OL and my hometown) the sun sets around 9:45-10pm on June 21st!

Please contact Craig Okerstrom-Lang, ASLA, RLA for a consult at 413-329-6165