March Tips & Advice

With spring coming , 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 ‘ Bountiful’, salmon pink with ‘Salmon’, pure white flowers with ‘Bressingham White’.

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 ‘ Adrian’ produces white centred flowers with purple-blue petals with paler outside edges.

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 Tulips in a contemporary planterstructure to the garden or patio and balcony. Why not visit your garden centre to find some contemporary pots, and plant with a sea of Tulips of various colours and great names.

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 , visit your local garden centre where many of these will be widely available.

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