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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prize – £100 worth of bulbs
Prize – £50 worth of bulbs
Prize – £30 worth of bulbs
this question (in 250 words or less):
your garden benefit the local community and how would a donation help it thrive?
Send us in your entries by MARCH 2ND 2020
Enter via email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org (please keep your entries under 5mb to ensure we receive them)
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 email@example.com (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.