Plant with Passion

Tulips and primroses

Whether you have an expansive football pitch or a tiny terrace plant it with passion. Planting an evergreen backdrop and a rotation of perennials (plants that will relentlessly pop up every year) for each season will ensure your space has colour and vibrancy all year round.  It is a formula that will work in most spaces. Planting en mass is always an eye catcher and keeping your selection of specimens to a minimum will ensure your space looks relaxed and  natural and doesn’t end up looking like  a mismatched patchwork.  Keeping the colour palate simple will also help make sure that plants will make maximum impact  with minimum effort. Start simply – it always easier to add on afterwards if the desired effect hasn’t been achieved first time round.

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An expanse of tulips interspersed with primroses would make an equal impact on a small patio planted in containers,  troughs or window boxes. 

Tulip expanse

For early spring a simlar effect could be achieved using narcissi interspersed with snowdrops and muscari or for late spring try planting bluebells and primroses.  Forget-me-nots are also a useful self seeder that look great with all the spring flowers. The combination of colours and plants is yours to choose.

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May Peace Be With You

White Tulips and Chrysanthemum

 

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White Tulips and chrysanthemums  

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Pretty in Pink –

Tulips and Wallflowers

 

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Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Yellow Tulips and Orange Wallflowers

Spring is the visible beginning of the gardening year and a good time to excite your interest for the rest of the year.  Mark your calender for next autumn to remind you to plant some spring bulbs for next spring or get some ready grown ones in for this year before it is too late.  The daffodils are already beginning to fade  but this can only mean they are making room for the tulips and bluebells to have their proud moment on stage.

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Don’t be afraid to pack them in!

Happy Spring Planting

And then there were …….. ten thousand

“I wondered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er dales and hills when all at once I saw a crowd a host of golden daffodils, beside the lakes beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze,  ten thousand saw I at a glance tossing their heads in sprightly dance”  william wordsworth

Every year they arrive so quickly almost like a fairy has waved a magic wand over night and they never fail to evoke a feeling of excitement and put a spring in my step.  For most they herald the arrival of spring – it’s probably their abudance and ubiquitousness that create this excitement as the crocus and snowdrops that have gone before don’t seem to create the same kind of buzz for most  (although for me they have already provided  days of endless gazing pleasure)

If your garden is lacking in spring colour – now is your chance to get started.  Buy some ready planted containers or some ready grown bulbs and plant up your own containers, window boxes or hanging baskets.  Things like narcissus and muscari always look good planted together in pretty teracotta pots or  harmonize some paper whites and white primrose in a hanging basket.  When they have finished blooming, let the plants die back to bulbs (the primroses can be planted straight into the garden to lighten up a shady spot) and think about where you would like to put your bulbs next autumn so you will have spring flowers popping up year on year. For best effect plant in clumps of threes  (space the clumps out as they multiply!

Early spring bloomers – narcissi, muscari and primroses.

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Narcissi and muscari
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