What to Plant in May

Ready to get planting in the garden?

With the warm spring sunshine finally here, now is the perfect time to finish planting those summer-flowering plants/bulbs. Check out our top picks for planting in the garden this May.


These flamboyant tender perennials produce fantastic ornamental foliage that will bring a burst of exotic colour to any garden, whether that be as a statement focal point or in a border.

  • Great for pots and the border
  • Prefer sunny spots


Add amazing colour to your early Summer borders with hardy perennial Salvias. Fragrant and available in an array of eye-catching colours, these plants are a great, characterful choice for the garden.

  • Great for borders and containers
  • Prefer full sun/partially sunny locations


There’s still time to get your Dahlias planted! These modern summer garden favourites are well-loved for their amazing assortment of colours, shapes and sizes. Blooming from Summer into late Autumn, Dahlias add colour to the garden well after others have finished flowering.

  • Great for borders, pots and as cut flowers
  • Prefer full sun/partially sunny locations

Calla Lilies

Loved for their large, trumpet-shaped flowers and gorgeous range of colours, Calla Lilies are understandably a classic summer garden favourite.

  • Great for pots, beds and borders
  • Prefer full sun/partially sunny locations



Tall and elegant, Delphiniums are the perfect plants for bringing height and texture to summer-flowering borders. Hardy, versatile and attractive to butterflies, the benefits are endless for this statuesque plant.

  • Great for beds, borders and cottage gardens
  • Prefer full sun/partially sunny locations

Bedding Plants

Late Spring is the perfect time to plant bedding plants. Grow colourful Primulas, Petunias and Primroses to perk up pots and flower beds and you’ll see the impact almost immediately without having to invest a great deal of time and effort.

  • Great for beds, pots or hanging baskets.
  • Prefer full sun/partially sunny locations