When to Plant Crocus

The jewel-like tones of Crocus flowers are just one of the many reasons why these plants are loved by gardeners. Autumn crocus add a rainbow of colour to the garden as summer flowers start to fade, and Spring Crocus are one of the earliest plants to flower in late Winter. Since Autumn Crocus and Spring Crocus bloom during different seasons in the year, these corms need to be planted at their correct times. 

Discover exactly when and how to plant Crocus corms and fill your garden with stunning Crocus flowers for most of the year.

What are Crocus corms?

Corms are very similar to bulbs, but corms are specialised sections of the stem. The appearance of corms differs from bulbs as corms tend to have a flattened shape.

When to Plant Autumn Crocus:

The best time to plant autumn-flowering Crocus is late July to September. Plant the corms around 4 inches deep in gritty, well-drained soil. These plants are perfect for pots and borders and will flower from September into November.

Tip – Plant Crocus corms in drifts in grassy areas or around other plants for a naturalistic look.

Here are some of our favourite Autumn Crocus varieties:

Crocus ‘Sativus’
Crocus ‘Kotschyanus’
Crocus Sternbergia ‘Lutea’

When to Plant Spring Crocus:

Spring Crocus bloom from late February into spring, so the best time to get these corms planted is September-November, just before the ground freezes in Winter. Plant Crocus corms around 4 inches deep in gritty, well-drained soil.

Here are some of our favourite Spring Crocus varieties:

Crocus ‘Orange Monarch’
Crocus ‘Fuscotinctus’
Crocus ‘Grand Maitre’

Spring bulbs for Shade

It can be a tricky task finding plants to fill those dark, unloved spots in the garden that do not get much sun. With so many flowers needing a bright sunny spot to flourish in, there are a wide range of plants that can withstand a shady spot.

With Autumn bulb planting season on the horizon, we have done all the hard work for you and narrowed down an assortment of shade-loving flowers that are perfect for those hard to grow spots in the garden. Discover our list of shade-loving bulbs below and start prepping your autumn wish lists.

Narcissi:

You wouldn’t think these cheery flowers could flourish in shade, but these tough Narcissi varieties are perfect for shaded borders, underneath trees and shrubs, and planting in pots.

Daffodil ‘Actaea’
Narcissi ‘Jack Snipe’

Snowdrops:

Native to woodlands, Snowdrops are well accustomed to growing under the shade of trees and other plants. These bright little spring blooms are perfect for naturalising in grass or planted around trees and shrubs.

Galanthus nivalis (Single flowering Snowdrop)
Galanthus elwesii (Giant flowering Snowdrops)

Anemones:

With many Anemones native to woodland areas, these are one of the best plants to grow in shade. Low-growing with colourful, daisy-like blooms, these pretty little plants are perfect for ground cover and rock gardens.

Anemone Nemerosa
Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’

Cyclamen:

One of the first blooms to appear in Spring; Cyclamen are one of the few plants that can tackle almost any challenging areas in the garden. They even thrive in dry shade. These easy to grow, colourful plants are perfect for covering shaded banks, borders or plant them under trees for a natural look.

Cyclamen Hederifolium ‘Alba’
Cyclamen Collection

Scilla:

These attractive perennials bloom with star-shaped flowers in a dazzling assortment of colours. Although Scilla are not suitable for deep shade, these pretty spring blooms are perfect for areas in partial or dappled shade (e.g. around trees or shrubs).

Scilla Siberica
Scilla Mischtshenkoana

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Lockdown Garden Giveaway!

With so many of us stuck at home during lockdown and our holidays cancelled, our gardens have been a haven for stress relief, relaxation, and enjoyment. That is why this July, we are hosting a Lockdown Garden Giveaway!

Whether you have a garden, balcony, or just a window box, we want to know how your outdoor space has brought you joy during lockdown for the chance to WIN an amazing Autumn bulb bundle (worth £100)!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Send us a photo of your garden
  • Along with the photo, sum up in 1 sentence how your garden has helped you during lockdown

(Entrants can only send in one entry each)

What can I win?

One lucky winner will receive a selection of mixed spring-flowering bulbs worth £100!

Where do I enter?

For a chance to win, simply send in your lockdown garden entry via these channels:

FACEBOOK – Post your entries on our page for a chance to win!

TWITTER – Tag us in your photos with the hashtag #lockdowngiveaway

INSTAGRAM– Tag us in your photos with the hashtag #lockdowngiveaway

Or EMAIL us at competition@jparkers.co.uk (Entry must be under 5mb – please include your name and postcode)

COMPETITION CLOSES ON JULY 31st

Terms and Conditions:

  • Send your entries by email to competition@jparkers.co.uk (email under 5mb) or you can share it with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.
  • All entries must be sent in before midnight on July 31st 2020.
  • All entries using photographs 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 social media or in print.
  • Entrants agree that their names may or may not be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • The winning entry will be judged on both the quality of the image and their written text. The Judge’s decision is final.

New Introductions in our Autumn Range

Our Autumn 2020 range has landed! Filled with an amazing array of bulbs, plants and shrubs, our new range has everything you need to transform your garden this Autumn.

With so many new, beautiful varieties added to our plant range this year, we’ve selected an assortment of our favourite new introductions to kick off your autumn-planting wish list!

Sidalcea ‘Brilliant’

A bright and modern plant for adding colour to summer borders. Producing pink/red, saucer-like flowers, this Sidalcea blooms all summer long in to autumn.

Liriope Muscari ‘Okina’

Add life to the garden all year round with this striking evergreen plant. These amazing leaves go from white in spring to mottled green in autumn, and purple spiked flowers bloom in the summertime.

Deutzia ‘Mont Rose’

A beautiful compact shrub. This pretty Deutzia blooms with elegant rose coloured flowers. A perfect shrub for containers and smaller gardens.

Hosta ‘Wide Brim’

With foliage plants gaining popularity in modern gardens, this striking, streaked Hosta is the perfect modern foliage plant. They also produce beautiful lilac flowers in the summer too!

Hebe ‘Red Edge’

A marvellous RHS award winning shrub. With stunning blue-grey, evergreen foliage and vibrant lilac summer flowers, attract pollinators to the garden with this eye-catching Hebe.

Uncinia ‘Everflame’

Grasses are the perfect plants for low maintenance gardens. This evergreen, bronze coloured grass is perfect for bringing life to rockeries, pots and borders.

Euphorbia ‘Black Pearl’

Euphorbias are great, drought resistant plants, which make them perfect for summer gardens. This variety produces unique black detailing and makes for a great feature plant.

Hydrangea ‘Phantom’

This stunning Paniculata Hydrangea is drought resistant and award-winning. Producing pretty white cone flowers in summer, ‘Phantom’ is perfect for summer borders or containers.

Pansy Cool Wave ‘White’

An elegant trailing Pansy. These snowy-white blooms are perfect for hanging baskets and bloom all the way from February to May!

Pansy Cool Wave ‘Raspberry Swirl’

Low maintenance and produces masses of blooms, this stunning trailing Pansy showcases stunning purple flowers. Perfect for hanging baskets and pots.

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When to Prune Clematis

Loved for their long lasting presence and rich colours, is it any wonder that Clematis plants are one of the most popular climbers on the market. To ensure healthy growth and encourage more flowers, pruning is an important part of Clematis care.

When it comes to pruning it can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve compiled an easy gardening guide to show you when and how to prune Clematis plants.

When does your Clematis flower?

The key to knowing when to prune your Clematis is knowing when your plant blooms. If you’re unsure, wait until your plant blooms and then match your Clematis to the correct flowering season.

When to Prune Clematis?

For young Clematis plants, give a hard pruning to one or two of the healthy base stems in the first spring after planting.

Here’s our seasonal pruning guide for established plants:

Winter/Spring Flowering:

Prune the vines right after they finish flowering in spring. The new stems that grow will then have enough time to make flower buds for the following year.

Winter/Spring flowering Clematis plants:

Clematis ‘Jingle Bells’
Clematis ‘Freckles’
Clematis ‘Winter Beauty’

Spring/Summer Flowering:

Thin out and disentangle stems before growth begins in late winter or early spring. In late spring or early summer, go over the plant again after the earliest flowers fade and severely shorten the stems that produced flowers. 

Spring/Summer flowering Clematis plants:

Clematis ‘Elizabeth’
Clematis ‘armandii’
Clematis ‘Apple Blossom’

Summer/Autumn Flowering:

Late Summer/Autumn flowering Clematis need a hard pruning annually. Cut back all old stems to the first pair of healthy buds (around 15-30cm above ground level). If left without any pruning, these Clematis will become top-heavy and produce very few flowers.

Summer/Autumn flowering Clematis:

Clematis ‘Sieboldii’
Clematis ‘Aromatica’
Clematis ‘Madame Julia Correvon’

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