Bulbs to Plant in March

With Spring fast approaching, it’s finally coming up to the time when we can start to enjoy getting out in the garden again! With Daffodils now starting to show their cheery faces, we can enjoy the beauty of spring and start prepping the garden for summer.

Not all summer bulbs can handle the early spring weather, but these are 7 exceptional favourites that are both beauty and hardy.

Lilies

Large, showy and exotic. These easy to grow bulbs can be planted up until May and will naturalise annually for continued pleasure.

Begonias

One of the most popular summer flowers in the British garden. Easy to plant and grow, you can start planting these versatile tubers now. Perfect for pots.

Gladioli

A traditional and well-loved summer flower. This perennial makes a beautiful cut flower for the home in summer.

Ranunculus

Add a dose of colour to any summer garden. As one of the easiest bulbs to grow in pots, why not add some of these beautiful frilled flowers to your containers.

Roses

Bare rooted Roses can still be planted until May. These much-loved flowers add ornamental value to the garden and make stunning cut flowers.

Bulbs in the Green

Didn’t have time to plant your spring bulbs? Our bulbs in the green are an easy and efficient way of adding your favourites spring flowers to the garden straight out the box.

Perennials

Perennial plants are the backbone of nearly every flower garden. Plant now from March-May to brighten up the garden year after year.

Gladioli for Every Garden

Bright and beautiful, Gladioli, also known as Sword Lilies, are one of the most sought-after bulbs for summer flowers in the UK. Long admired for their spectacular spikes of funnel-shaped flowers, these perennials are also known for their stunning range of colours.

Easy to grow and long flowering, Gladioli deserve a spot in any garden. Since March is the perfect time to start planting these bulbs, discover what type of Gladioli are the best fit for your garden below.

Dwarf Flowering Gladioli

Benefits:

  • Compact plants
  • Height – 60-80cm
  • Sturdy
  • Perfect for containers and patio pots
  • Great cut flowers

Gladioli ‘Whitney’
Brand new and beautiful, our Gladioli ‘Whitney’ boasts stunning salmon pink flowers with dark pink margins. They even attract bees and butterflies!

Gladioli ‘Byzantinus’
An RHS award winner. This elegant variety lights up the garden with vibrant magenta pink flowers. Flowering in early summer, they are ideal for adding colour to beds and pots.

Gladioli ‘Dwarf Butterfly’ Collection

Bring a rainbow of colour to the summer garden. These pollinator-friendly blooms are the perfect versatile plant. Plant them in pots, borders or grow them for cut flowers, the choice is yours!

Large Flowering Gladioli

Benefits:

  • Produces large flowers
  • Height – 90-100cm
  • Perfect for beds and borders

Gladioli ‘Oscar’

A stunning scarlet beauty. This hot red Gladioli will definitely bring the heat to your summer border displays. Top tip – Plant in clumps with other shades for an eye-catching sight.

Gladioli ‘Tricolour

Add an unusual focal point to the garden with these bi-coloured blooms. With striking apricot flowers and a contrasting mauve throat, bring a touch of glamour this summer with this unusual variety.

Gladioli Unusual Collection

An array of vibrant, large flowers. This collection includes ‘Adrenaline’ (cream with pink blush), ‘Black Velvet’ (violet-blue), ‘Carthago’ (orange), ‘Cha Cha’ (yellow), ‘Espresso’ (deep red) and ‘Sancerre’ (milky white). 

How Do I Plant Gladioli Corms?

These easy to grow flowers can be planted from early March. To help you get ready for the spring gardening season, here’s our handy Gladioli planting guide:

In beds/borders:

  • Plant from early March – May
  • Plant corms 10-15cm deep and about 10-15cm apart in fertile/well drained soil.
  • If planting in heavy soil, place sand underneath each corm to help with drainage.
  • Plant in succession from early March onwards to the end of May at fortnightly intervals to ensure a continuity of flowers throughout the summer.
  • Water regularly during growth.

In containers:

  • Minimum pot size: 12 inch deep and 12 inch in diameter.
  • Add gravel to the bottom of the container to ensure good drainage.
  • Plant corms 3-6 inches deep and 2-3 inches apart with the flat side down.
  • Plant in 2 week intervals for continuous blooms.
  • Water generously after planting.

Rose Guide: 8 Simple Steps to Pruning Roses

Wondering when to prune your Roses? The moment you choose to prune your Roses can be the difference between a beautiful, healthy plant that produces an abundance of blooms, to one that might not make it through the winter. Late winter is the ideal time to prune Rose bushes, and the right care can ensure healthy growth in the spring time.

Pruning Tips

Here are our 8 simple steps for pruning Roses:

1. Remove the foliage

Our Favourite Flowers for Summer Containers

The summer garden wouldn’t be complete without some beautiful containers. Whatever style you prefer, we’ve done the hard work for you, selecting a range of different flowers and colours to suit any garden.

Buddleia ‘Purple Lion’

A stunning, fragrant Buddleia. This compact variety is low maintenance and will bring pollinators racing to your garden.

Skimmia ‘White Dwarf’

Thisa hardy evergreen shrub produces striking creamy white buds against stunning foliage. Perfect for year round containers.

Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

An award-winning Hydrangea. Producing 6 times more flowers than the average Hydrangea, the white lace-cap flowers on this beautiful plant are a true summer showstopper.

Escallonia ‘Pink Elle’

This wildlife-attracting evergreen blooms with pretty clusters of white, pink and red flowers, which will certainly add a splash of colour the the summer garden.

Begonia Splendide ‘Ballernia’

A myriad of warm apricot, orange and yellow blooms. This improved strain of cascading Begonias will brighten up any summer window box or container.

Lily ‘Majestic Joy’

A lively dwarf-growing Lily. Lily Majestic Joy produces wonderful golden dark pink/yellow flowers that will bring a touch of exotic beauty to summer pots and containers.

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10 Gorgeous Purple Perennials

Add class and colour to your summer garden with some pretty purple perennials! Take a look at a selection of our favourite purple, violet, mauve and lilac perennial plants below and spruce up your garden.

Iris

Our Iris perennial plants are supplied as First grade loose roots, and are a hardy summer alternative to more common Iris.

Campanula

Campanula are very effective and reliable perennial plant ideal for ground cover, for use in rockeries, or at the front of a border.

Geranium

Hardy Geraniums are perfect for summer border displays: adding traditional colour and beauty when they flower from late summer to early autumn.

Salvia

Our Salvia are supplied as First grade loose root plants and produce an abundance of compact dense spikes of purple flowers, perfect for borders.

Verbena

Verbena produce tight clusters of brightly coloured flowers and vivid green foliage. This is a beautiful plant that is loved by butterflies and attracts wildlife.

Sedum

Sedum plants are perfect for covering the ground, rockeries or dry stone walls. They are a great plant for attracting butterflies and insects.

Thalictrum

This unusual plant produces attractive foliage that blooms in shades of lilac with contrasting lemon-yellow stamen. Thalictrum flowers from June through to August.

Lavender

Lavender is a beautiful, fragrant shrub which produces masses of scented flowers from June through to September. Perfect for planting at the edge of a path or walkway.

Prepare for your summer garden and have a look at our entire Spring 2020 range here!

Alternatively, you can request our Spring 2020 catalogue here.

Add a Burst of Colour with Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies, also known as Zantedeschia, are beautiful flowers which offer an attractive colour range, are easy to cultivate and are suitable to be grown outdoors or as houseplants inside. These irresistible flowers produce blooms from May all the way through to October, and make excellent cut flowers as they have a long vase life of up to 2 weeks.

Calla Lily Top Picks

Lavender Gem

A stunning lavender-violet Zantedeschia which produces funnel shaped flower heads and glossy foliage.

Morning Sun

Morning Sun is stunning Calla Lily with gradient petals blooming in yellow to pink shades.

Prado

A beautiful deep burgundy red Zantedeschia with sturdy green stems and large glossy speckled leaves.

Elliottiana

This Calla Lily has glorious golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers which blend into green flecked foliage.

Rehmannii

Rehmannii has creamy blush pink flowers contrasting with lovely green stems for a beautiful floral display.

Flame

These sizzling flowers become less yellow and more orange-red as they age, living up to their Flame name.

Lipstick

This vivid pink Zantedeschia stands out and will be a lovely bright addition to your summer garden.

Black Magic

Contrary to the name, this bright Calla Lily is actually an eye-catching yellow! The zesty flower sits on dark green foliage.

Planting Guide

Zantedeschia grow best in full sun or partial shade and in organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. They are well suited for bog or marsh gardens, for planting near ponds and streams, or as border plants or for containers. When to plant: any time between Feb and June, but only after any danger of frost has passed.

IN THE GROUND

  • Choose a sheltered position and add some well-rotted organic matter before planting.
  • Plant the Zantedeschia tubers 10cm deep and about 30cm apart.
  • Set the tubers with the growing tips facing up. Cover them with soil and water as needed. Mulch to keep down weeds and conserve soil moisture.
  • Provide consistent moisture during the growing season and do not allow the soil to dry out.

IN POTS

  • Calla Lilies can grow as tall as 2 to 4 feet, so a tall, narrow pot is better container than a wide, shallow one.
  • Place the tuber so it is lying horizontally, with the eyes facing upwards.
  • Cover the bulb loosely and give it enough water just to dampen the soil.
  • Set your tall pots in a sunny spot where they will get a bit of shade in the afternoon and fill the saucer under the pot with water.

AFTER CARE

  • Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser once a month until the flowers have faded.
  • Mulch annually in autumn with well rotted garden compost or manure.
  • Snip off blossoms as they start to fade, using clean and sterilised gardening shears.

Must-Have Red Dahlias

Dahlias are large, bright and a real eye-catcher in any garden. Perfect for the border or the cutting patch, they stay in bloom from summer right through to autumn. Below is a selection of our favourite dazzling Dahlias in all shades of ruby, scarlet, burgundy and crimson!

Our Dahlia Top Picks

RED RUNNER

Red Runner is a dramatic crimson coloured Dahlia that produces double flowers with rounded petals.

HONKA RED

This unique looking Honka Dahlia has ‘cartwheel’ shaped flowers and a distinct bright yellow centre.

ARABIAN NIGHT

Arabian Night is a luxurious, velvety deep red colour and its flower reaches a diameter of 20-25cm.

INCA

This ‘Powder Puff’ Dahlia produces unique double-feathered central petals in a wonderful crimson colour.

SANTA CLAUS

Santa Claus is a show-stopping red and white striped Dahlia with beautiful large blooms.

WITTEMANS BEST

This Dahlia is a gorgeous Cactus variety and produces large, spiky red flowers in a dramatic red colour.

NESCIO

Our beautiful Nescio Dahlia has bright red double spherical blooms on tall sturdy stems.

DAHLIA BLEND RED MIXED

A selection of Pompom, Cactus and Decorative Dahlia varieties in beautiful shades of red.

Planting Dahlias

We have a range of handy planting guide videos filmed with our resident plant expert Jeff Turner, which give easy step-by-step instructions on how to plant each variety of Dahlia.

How to Plant Dinner Plate Dahlias: Summer Garden Guide
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February in the Garden

February invites the first signs of spring into our gardens; days are lengthening, bulbs begin to emerge from the ground, and colour in the garden is just around the corner. This month is about cleansing (after the Latin word februum which means purification), and there’s no better time than now to give your garden a little TLC in preparation for spring.

Tidy Up

Flowers

  • Remove faded flowers, such as Winter Pansies and Violas, from containers to encourage them to flower more during spring and prevent from going to seed.
  • Deadhead early flowering plants such as Primulas regularly to encourage fresh flowers.
  • Remove any dead or decaying leaves from container plants to avoid encouraging slugs and snails in early spring.

Grasses

  • Deciduous grasses which have been left unpruned over winter should now be cut back to the ground.
  • Remove dead material from evergreen grasses to make space for new growth in the coming months.
  • Tidy up decaying material around perennials and remove any leaf litter to discourage the slugs and snails as they arrive in early spring.

Cutting Garden

  • Prepare your cut flower beds by removing any stubborn perennial weeds, such as brambles or bindweed, which may be hiding.
  • If the soil is particularly stony, it can be sieved and raked until the texture is nice and fine.
  • Borders can also be given a boost by adding organic feed such as chicken manure and seaweed.

Looking after your lawn:

  • Remember to keep off the grass when there’s a frost, as the blades are more susceptible to damage which could lead to lawn diseases and other problems.
  • Ensure you brush off any debris or leaves which have fallen onto your lawn, as they can smother and cause discolouration to the grass.
  • Towards the end of the month, if the grass has produced some growth, you may be able to give your lawn a light trim with the lawnmower.

Planting Summer Bulbs

There are many lovely late-spring and summer bulbs which although usually planted in the autumn, if you missed that slot, early spring provides another opportunity. Below are some beautiful bulbs suitable for planting this month.

Allium

Alliums are easy to grow and once established return reliably every year; if planted in February will flower in late spring and early summer.

Lilies

Lilies can be planted in February and March and make a great scented display. If your garden has wet, heavy soil they are better planted in containers.

Anemone

Anemone can be planted from February onwards. The best chance of ensuring summer bulbs flower the following year is to feed them during the growing season.

Crocosmia

Crocosmia can be planted in the spring for flowering in late summer and make a great display. They’re easy to grow and return reliably each year.

Prepare for your summer garden by shopping our New Spring 2020 range HERE!

Alternatively, you can request our Spring 2020 catalogue here.

Community Garden Competition – WIN £100 WORTH OF BULBS

Are you a part of a local community garden? If so, we want to donate!

Whether it’s a tiny wildlife garden, fruit and vegetable plot on a housing estate, or a school garden, tell us how your community garden benefits your local area and we’ll choose three gardens to donate a selection of bulbs/plants to. The prizes will consist of a specially selected range of J.Parker’s plants and bulbs that we will hand pick to compliment your community garden’s theme.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

There will be 3 prizes for our top 3 favourite community gardens.

1st Prize – £100 worth of bulbs

2nd Prize – £50 worth of bulbs

3rd Prize – £30 worth of bulbs

COMPETITION DETAILS:

Simply answer this question (in 250 words or less):

How does your garden benefit the local community and how would a donation help it thrive?

HOW TO ENTER:

Send us in your entries by MARCH 2ND 2020

Enter via email at:

competition@jparkers.co.uk (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them)

or enter via social media:

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RULES OF ENTRY:

  • We will view all entries and any which meet the criteria outlined below will be considered for the prize of a donation of J. Parker’s products to go towards the local projects.
  • Three winning entries will receive a donation of bulbs or plants from J. Parker’s for use in their community project.
  • Entries should be under 250 words. Images can be used so long as your entry email is less than 5mb in size.
  • Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them) or entry via social media.
  • Entrants agree that their names and stories may be published publicly with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • Entrants agree that, should they be successful, their story and their project may be used in future for coverage on our blog and social channels.
  • All entries using photographs or drawings must be original images, taken/produced by the entrant. You must own all rights to the image and in entering the competition you agree to allow us to use your image in further promotions, on our blog, on social media or in print.
  • The following criteria will be used to judge entries;
  • How the idea will benefit local communities and environments.
  • The originality of the idea and anything that sets it apart from other entrants.
  • The winners will receive a donation of J. Parker’s products with a value of up to £100 subject to available stock. This will be made up of products of our choosing based on the project described in the entry, cannot be exchanged for cash and there is no substitution for this prize. This donation of products can only be used for the purpose outlined in your entry.
  • All entries will be considered. Competition closes 2nd March 2020.
  • Winners will be notified by email before the 11th March 2020.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!