March Grow Your Own
With spring coming earlier and earlier, March is a changeable month weather-wise, but the tidy up continues, and it is a good time to start pruning your Buddleia, Caryopeteris and Hydrangea back in time for the summer growth. During March gardens can see a dramatic change with flowers starting to blossom, especially if it is a mild March. It is possible to add so much needed colour in the garden, either in containers or your borders plant some good-sized clumps of extra-early flowering perennials -which will bloom year after year.
Bergenias brighten up dull corners and they'll grow almost anywhere. The spikes of mauve-pink flowers contrast with the huge leathery leaves, known as elephant's ears, which in some varieties take on a purplish tint in cold weather. They look especially good grouped together, with most varieties flowering in early spring.
Bergenia ‘Bressingham’, has rose pink flowers with ‘
Bergenia ‘Sunningdale’ has rich lilac-magenta flowers on red stems in early spring.
For some instant spring colour, Primulas (primroses) come in many different vibrant colours from yellows to deep purples - they are easy to plant and can cope with competition from other roots and happily grow in boggy ground, rock gardens and borders.
Primula ‘Aureata’ provides pale yellow flowers giving spring colour to the garden
Primula ‘Blossom’ is a two-tone primula with golden yellow centres and crimson outer petals.
Everybody loves Tulips, and this time of year they are a great source of colour in the garden, and with their long stems can add some great structure to the garden or patio and balcony. Why not visit your garden centre to find some contemporary pots, and plant with a
Tulipa ‘Artist’ with two-tone flowers of yellow and salmon pink, stand out in any corner of the garden.
Tulipa ‘Bird of Paradise’ bears feather-like deep red flowers, in late spring.
Tulipa ‘Golden Oxford’ gives as the name suggests golden flowers in mid-spring.
Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’ is a velvety deep purple with wide broad petals.
For something different why not try the Tulipa ‘Union Jack’ white flowers with a red strip down the centre.
There are over 100 varieties of Tulips as well as many flowering plants that can be planted in spring. Why not visit your local garden centre or nursery where many of these will be widely available.
Top Tip: With another long hot summer being predicted. Why not catch the rain and the possible hosepipe bans early and fit a water butt to your down pipe. These are readily available in many sizes and are very easy to fit, giving your plants extra water when it is needed to keep them healthy all summer long.
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