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What to Plant in June: Terrific Vegetables and Top Flowers


With the warmer weather and longer days, June is the perfect month to get out in the garden.

And it’s not too late to plant!

But it can be tough to know what to plant in your garden this time of year.

You want to plant the right things at the right time…

And there’s a lot more to it than transplanting tomatoes this month!

So let’s look at some of the best flowers, vegetables, and herbs to plant in June.

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woman planting in her June garden
There are plenty of things you can plant in June!

What can you plant in June?

  • You can transplant and divide this month. But you may need to shade transplants with shade cloth to reduce transplant shock.
  • Root cuttings of garden plants to increase your collection or share with a friend.
  • Root houseplant cuttings to increase your collection or share with a friend.
  • Seed bare areas of turf with an appropriate grass seed mixture. Don’t allow the grass to become overly dry for the first year, and limit excessive foot traffic.
gardener sprinkling grass seed over bare patch in lawn
Keep newly seeded lawns moist until the seeds germinate.

It’s not too late to plant vegetables and flowers this month!

Keep reading for the complete list…

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Vegetables to plant in June

  1. Plant self-blanching celery early this month.
  2. Plant sweet potato slips early in the month if you didn’t plant them last month.
  3. Set out transplants of Brussels sprouts. These will mature for a fall harvest.
  4. Plant okra transplants once soil temperatures are greater than 70°F.
  5. Plant tomato transplants early this month.
    • Check for the days to maturity before selecting tomatoes to transplant this month.
    • Choose tomato varieties that’ll produce tomatoes before your first frost.
woman holding tomato transplants
It’s not too late to plant tomatoes. Buy plant transplants, not seeds.

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Vegetable seeds to sow in June

  • When your peas are finished, replace them with pole beans, cucumbers, or asparagus beans.
  • Plant pumpkins now to have Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.
  • Plant summer squash this month. If powdery mildew is a problem where you live, you may want to succession plant your squash. Replace any diseased plants with new transplants or seeds this month.

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  • You still have time to plant potatoes and get a late summer harvest. Amend your soil with organic matter, but don’t fertilize with nitrogen past the first month.
  • If you live in a mild-winter area, you still have time to plant sweet potato slips.
  • This is the perfect time to plant more cucumbers. Cucumber seeds germinate best in warm soil. They need a soil temperature of 60-95° F to sprout. Cucumbers germinate best at 90° F.
colorful bean seeds ready to plant
Succession sow beans to extend your harvest season.

Keep a close eye on the quality of the remaining spring crops in your vegetable garden.

Hot summer weather causes greens like lettuce and spinach to bolt and become bitter.

Replace spent cool-season crops with a quick-growing crop for the summer planting season.

Consider planting:

  • Beets
  • Bunching onions (scallions)
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Swiss chard

Related freebie: FREE landscape checklist pdf

Vegetable seeds to start indoors in June

Start seedlings for your fall garden late this month. Count backward from your first frost date to calculate when to start your seeds.

Good candidates for fall planting include:

  1. Bok Choy
  2. Broccoli
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Kale

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Herbs to plant in June

Take and start rosemary cuttings to bring inside and grow over the winter.

Watch a video from the Grow the Home Garden channel about propagating rosemary:

Many herbs can still be planted in June, including:

  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
oak cutting root in a cup
Take softwood cuttings from trees and shrubs as their spring growth matures this month.

Flowers to plant in June

Sow seeds of biennials, such as hollyhock, directly into your flower garden this month for next year’s bloom. Mark the area carefully to avoid accidentally disturbing the seeds.

You can transplant and divide this month. But you may need to shade transplants with shade cloth to reduce transplant shock.

By mid-month, plant summer-blooming bulbs such as gladiolus, dahlias, and canna lilies.

You still have plenty of time to plant annual flowers!

Plant heat-loving plants such as:

  • Blanket Flower
  • Nasturtiums (Bonus: nasturtium flowers are edible!)
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
family planting trees in a park
Ideally, you’ll finish all early-season planting of trees, shrubs, and perennials by mid-June.

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Frequently asked questions about what to plant in June

Is it ok to plant in June?

Ideally, you’ll finish all early-season planting of trees, shrubs, and perennials by mid-June. Transplanting and dividing can continue, but plants may need to be shaded to reduce transplant shock.

Can you plant bulbs in June?

Summer-blooming bulbs such as Dahlias, Gladiolus, and Canna Lilies thrive in hot climates with full sun. This makes summer the perfect time for planting. Make sure you have enough time before your first frost for them to grow and bloom.

Can you plant perennials in June?

You can plant perennials in June. It’s best to get them in the ground by mid-June to avoid the worst of the summer heat. If the temperatures soar, you may need to give them some shade for a few weeks. And keep them well watered to help minimize transplant shock.

Is it too late to plant a garden in June?

It’s not too late to plant a garden in June. There are plenty of heat-tolerant flowers and vegetables you can plant this month.

Can you plant potatoes in June?

Typically, potatoes are planted in early to late spring. But you can plant potatoes in June for a second harvest. Look for fast-growing varieties to be sure you’ll get potatoes by fall. Some can be planted as late as July 1st if you live in a mild climate.

Is it too late to plant cucumbers in June?

June is the perfect time to plant cucumbers in many locations. Cucumbers germinate best in warm soil. (60-95° F).

Is it too late to plant green beans in June?

June is a great time to plant green beans. Choose a variety with a short maturity time.

Is June too late to plant tomatoes?

It’s not too late to plant tomatoes in June, as long as you plant transplants. Choose varieties that’ll mature before your first frost date. Check the days to maturity when you select tomatoes to transplant in June.

Cheryl Spencer, certified gardener

Hi, I’m Cheryl.
I’m a certified gardener, bird lover, and spreadsheet enthusiast. I believe you can grow your dream garden and still have time to enjoy it. I teach online gardening courses and write articles that help you save time and money in your garden. Join my mailing list, and as a bonus, you’ll get a helpful checklist that’ll tell you what to do in your garden right now.

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