Pansies are available in a wide range of colours, including orange, yellow, purple and white, amongst many others. They can be grown in pots or planted in borders, and they can even be used as ground cover as well if you want to achieve a flower meadow feel in your garden. Here is a guide to growing your pansies:
1. Plant your pansies in the summer months if you want them to flower in the winter.
2. If you are growing them from seeds, keep them inside for around 6-8 weeks and them move them to the outdoors.
3. Keep pansies around 8-12 inches apart.
4. Make sure the soil is right. Pansies like moist yet well-draining soil.
5. Plant them in a sunny spot. They grow well in the cold weather but they are still going to need plenty of sun.
6. Water on a regular basis.
7. Dehead pansies that have wilted or died to encourage further growth.
As we move further into the summer months, lots of plants and flowers will be springing into life. There are many flowers that begin to come out around the month of July (as long as we have good enough weather in the UK of course!) Here are some gardeners’ favourite flowers for this time of year:
• Iris. The distinctive violet and blue flowers of the Silver Beauty Iris will stand out in your garden during the summer months. Other lovely varieties include Apricot Silk and Iris Hollandica.
• Allium. Choose Allium bulbs for vibrant, varied flowers that will light up your garden and create an interesting flowerbed.
• Anemone. Blue Anemones will flower from around July-September, providing a beautiful addition to any border.
Bear in mind that all spring and summer flowering bulbs need to have been planted in advance. They need time to settle in and begin to grow before they will flower.
Allium Bulbs flourish all through the temperate regions of the world. Although their native habitats vary from mountain slopes to Middle East hot meadows and cooler woodlands of North America, all have common characteristics. They all have a family resemblance in root, leaf, flower and aroma. All of them are hardy bulbs. All have simple straight leaves, either flat or round. They all show a flowerhead that is a star-burst of small blooms that radiate from a central core.
Many of these interesting herbs have been part of worldwide cuisines for centuries, and these are the most familiar of the alliums. The majority of them thrive in light textured but organic soil that is well-drained. They love full sun, but will also do quite well in partial shade. (more…)
Spring is an exciting time for gardeners. It’s the time when everything begins to come to life and your garden begins to get itself ready for the warmer weather ahead. It’s also a time that can be difficult for gardeners as there is a lot to do. Here are some top tips to get your garden ready for the warmer spring months:
- Prepare your soil. If there are places where you are planning on planting, use this time to get them ready. Cover them with mulch and dig it down to a depth of about 3-4 inches. You could also try covering the beds with black sheets to help prevent weeds from growing.
- Adjust the pH levels of your soil. Spring is the perfect time to add lime to soil that has a pH level of 6.2 or below.
- Start planting your vegetables. Once the soil is not going to freeze anymore, you can start to plant crops like peas, lettuce, leeks and spinach.
- Clear drainage ditches. This will help all of your new spring seedlings as the soil they are planted in will be well drained.