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The jewel-like tones ofCrocus 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:
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:
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.
You wouldn’t think these cheery flowers could flourish in shade, but these tough Narcissivarieties are perfect for shaded borders, underneath trees and shrubs, and planting in pots.
Native to woodlands, Snowdropsare 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.
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.
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.
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).
Do you find watering the summer garden time consuming? With British summers getting hotter and drier, drought tolerant plants are the answer to growing a beautiful garden that can withstand the summer heat.
Check out our favourite drought tolerant plants that will best adapt to the prolonged dry season.
Native to South Africa, these hardy perennials are perfect for tackling the summer heat. Incredibly drought tolerant and loved by bees and butterflies, Agapanthus plants are a summer garden must-have.
Beautiful and fragrant, Roses are a staple of the British summer garden. From climbing to compact varieties, Roses can be grown to fill pots, create hedging or climb walls and fences; the possibilities are endless!
Many of our Roses are supplied in bare root form, and those unfamiliar with bare root Roses can be taken aback when first encountering them. To make your gardening jobs easier, we’ve created this essential guide to planting bare root Roses, and what time of year to do so.
What is a bare root Rose?
Sourced from the best growers, our selection of Bare root Roses are supplied dormant without foliage or flowers and without soil or pot.
When do you plant bare root Roses?
Late autumn, late winter and early spring are the best times for planting bare rootRoses. These times allow the Rose to establish in the ground before their growth resumes in the spring season.
Tip: Avoid planting bare root Roses in the late winter when the ground is frozen.
How do you plant bare root Roses?
Learn how to grow beautiful summer Roses with our step by step planting guide:
Roses love growing in full sun, but most will thrive and bloom happily with four hours or more of good sun daily.
Make sure that the hole is wide enough for the roots to comfortably spread out and deep enough so that the graft point will be about an inch below soil level.
Add some well-rotted manure/compost to the bottom of the hole and add fertiliser of your choice.
Place the bare root Rose into the hole and firm it in (make sure that graft is at soil level).
Keep on top of watering
Water well after planting, and then water at least once a week after growth commences.
Trim or remove any thin, weak stems that can effect the Rose’s growth.
If you’re looking to grow a garden filled with beauty, you can never go wrong with Hydrangeas. Long-flowering and easy to grow, these billowy blooms come in an assortment of colours, shapes and sizes, making them perfect for any garden.
Keep reading to discover which Hydrangeas are perfect for your garden with our Hydrangea garden guide.
Hydrangeas for compact gardens:
A small space doesn't mean you can't enjoy beautiful Hydrangeas. Whether you have a small town garden or just a balcony to work with, there are many prolific blooming Hydrangeas for the tightest of spaces.
One of our favourite compact varieties is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Confetti‘; a gorgeous white flowering shrub with sweet scented flowers that look spectacular in pots on the patio, terrace or balcony. Looking for some bold colour? Our Hydrangea ‘Blue Boogie Woogie’ blooms with showstopping vibrant blue flowers, and make a great display in patio pots. They also make stunning cut flowers too!
Hydrangeas for large gardens:
Need to create a privacy screen or cover unsightly bare fences? Our Paniculata Hydrangeas and climbing Hydrangeas are the perfect choice.
Award-winning, pollinator-friendly and fast growing, our Hydrangea petiolaris does it all. This climbing Hydrangea showcases classic white flowers and is the perfect shrub for growing up walls, fences or around pergolas. If you’re looking for a touch of elegance, our colour-changing Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Fraise‘ produces white/raspberry pink cone-shaped flowers that transform to a red shade in the autumn.
Hydrangeas for sunny spots:
If you're looking for a Hydrangea that can handle the heat, Hydrangea Paniculata shrubs can soak up the sun all day and they are the hardiest type of Hydrangeas on the market.
Renowned for it’s reliable performance, Hydrangea ‘Limelight’is a champion in the summer sun and produces gorgeous cone-shaped flowers in a stunning lime-green shade. Perfect for sunny spots in the border or in patio pots.
Hydrangeas for shaded spots:
While most varieties grow beautifully in partial shade, here are our favourite Hydrangeas for brightening up those dull shaded spots in the garden.
Hydrangea macrophyllas, commonly known as ‘Big Leaf Hydrangeas‘ are ideal for shady spots. Our Hydrangea ‘Lady in Red’ is adored for it’s pink, lace-cap flowers and dense foliage, and makes a stunning addition to a shaded border. If you’re looking for something for pots, our Hydrangea ‘Music Deep Purple Dance’ is the one for you. Boasting velvety purple flowers in large clusters, ‘Music Deep Purple Dance’ is ideal for adding rich colour to pots and containers.
Easy to grow and versatile,Alliums (otherwise known as Ornamental Onions) have become a popular plant for modern gardens. Available in an assortment of shades and sizes, these versatile plants are perfect for any garden, big or small.
To grow these eye-catching blooms for the late Spring/early Summer garden, Allium bulbs should be planted in early Autumn (September-October).
How to Plant Allium bulbs
Pick your location
Alliums thrive in sheltered areas that receive full sun. They do not like to be exposed fully to the elements. Depending on the height of the allium, tall alliums look great at the back of a border and small varieties are well-suited for containers.
Alliums will grow perfectly well in a well-drained soil. They hate waterlogged soil.
Planting in the ground
Plant the bulbs at a depth of roughly 3-4 times the size of the bulb. Space larger bulbs approx. 15cm apart but smaller bulbs can be spaced about 10cm apart.
Planting in pots/containers
Deep pots are most suitable for Alliums. Simply use a multi-purpose compost in a pot with adequate drainage, and water well.
Tip – Broken pots or stones placed in the bottom of the pot will help improve drainage.
Common Allium questions:
When should I feed Alliums?
Feed your Alliums in the spring with a potash-rich fertiliser.
How long do Alliums flower for?
Alliums usually flower for around 3-4 weeks.
What do I do with Alliums after they flower?
After the foliage dies down, you can cut the plants down to the ground and leave them or divide them.
Tip: Leave Allium seed heads after they’ve finished flowering for the garden birds to enjoy!
Growing a sensory garden is simple way to create a space that’s not only amazing to look at, but great for mental well being. In our blog post, we’ll share what a sensory garden is and which plants we recommend to start off your very own sensory garden.
What is a sensory garden?
Sensory gardens should be filled with plants that activate all our senses; touch, smell, sound, sight and taste. To create a sensory space, focus on:
Transform any garden with the beauty of hanging baskets. Incredibly versatile and easy to maintain, hanging baskets add long-lasting colour, height and interest to patios, doorways and balconies; the perfect accessory in the summer garden!
To add a pop of colour to your garden with the help of a beautiful basket, here are our 5 easy steps to planting up hanging baskets.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A lined hanging basket (the bigger the better)
A selection of plants
A wall bracket
Here’s how to do it:
1. Stand the hanging basket on a wide, heavy pot to keep it stable. If the basket isn’t already lined, use moss or a proprietary liner.
2. Cut some holes in the basket liner about 5cm (2 inch) above the base for trailing plants. Fill the basket to that level with multipurpose compost.
3. Place the largest plants in the centre of the basket to create structure and impact. Place three or four trailing plants (such as Ivy) around the sides.
4. Add extra compost and firm it around the plants.
5. Fix the wall bracket according to instructions and position your basket in a sunny spot sheltered from wind and water well. Feed and water regularly.
Top tips to remember:
Go big! Bigger baskets allow for greater water retention and will allow the plants to really bloom. A smaller one will mean more work on your behalf, as it needs more regular pruning and watering.
For the ultimate basket compost – Look for a good brand of peat-free compost and mix it with slow release fertiliser granules and a water retaining gel.
Plant picking – Choose colours that go well together and that reliably flower, such as Pansies, Petunias and Geraniums.