Perennials and Tubers- Fuchsia, Echinacea, Veronica, Begonia, Canna.
Veggies- There are still plenty of veggies you can plant now. Pay attention to the amount of days until harvest on the label to make sure your plant will have time to mature in your area.
Seeds- Morning Glory, Sunflowers, Nasturtium.
Tropaeolum (Nasturtium) comes in several colors, orange, bright yellow, pale yellow and two toned.
Tasks To Do
Pruning- Penstemon: prune off spent flowers down to first set of leaves below the flower or prune entire plant down to bushy growth-3 to 6 inches tall (this may delay a second flowering but will create a fuller plant). For plants, such as Zinnia, Fuchsia, Gaillardia, Dahlia, Gazania, and Begonia, encourage more flowers by removing old flowers including the stem attached to that flower (this practice is called deadheading). Shear Dianthus (carnations). Watch The Gardening Tutor Video Shearing Plants to Encourage Flowers or Foliage.
Fruit Trees: Mother Nature helps by naturally thinning some fruit from trees in June (called June Drop). Now's the time to thin out some more of the fruit from your peaches, nectarines, apples and pears by hand. Thinning helps fruit trees to have a good crop every year and creates large, healthy fruit. Thinning also keeps your tree branches from breaking from the weight of too much fruit but in some cases, you may still need to brace under the branches. Remove enough fruit to give the remaining fruit room to grow and to lessen the overall weight of each branch.
Watering- How do you know you are watering your plants "deeply"? A few hours (or the next morning) after you or your irrigation system water your plants, gently dig a small hole down 3 or 4 inches into the soil and see how moist it is in the rootzone. Ideally, with most plants, they will appreciate the soil in the rootzone being moist (like a rung out sponge) but not soggy.Containers: On hot days, plants in containers may need water twice a day (depending upon how small the container is) but when you water your container plants slowly, you may not need to water so often. When watering, come back around for a second round of slow watering before you put the hose away. Before a heat wave, water container plants at night to give your plants all night to hydrate.
Pest Management- Some gardeners use "broad spectrum" pesticides without realizing that "broad spectrum" kills all insects (including the beneficial insects). If you have to use a pesticide be sure you know what pest you are trying to control. Sometimes all you may need to keep a pest population (such as whitefly) down to a manageable level are some yellow sticky traps and improve the environment where the plant is growing. Also, keeping your plants happy (with water and a layer of mulch) instead of stressed will generally prevent them from attracting pests in the first place. If you plan to use Neem Oil, spray before or after the bees are out and not on a hot day. Fruit trees: picking up the fallen fruits from under your fruit trees will help manage unwanted pests.
Fertilize- Many repeat blooming plants, such as roses, Fuchsias, clematis, and annuals plants like Zinnias and Angelonias will appreciate being fertilized on a regular basis during the growing season. Mary uses Maxsea fertilizer products. Hanging fuchsias and begonias love to be set in a tub of liquid fertilizer so that they can soak up the nutrients like their roots are straws! Mary fertilizes her hanging bloomers with a weak solution once a week. Avoid fertilizing dry soil though or you could burn your plants. Watch The Gardening Tutor's Video: Two Quick Ways to Apply Liquid Fertilizer.