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Colour for spring

Orange Poppies

Flowers are coming back into fashion. At last gardens are moving on from the spiky, clumping plants that have been so much in favour in recent years. While there will always be a place for structured plants, there’s nothing quite as inspiring as a garden filled with colourful flowers.

And March is an important month to prepare for a winter/spring show of colour.

Where to grow

Beds devoted solely to flowers can look stunning but they require a fair amount of space. Better to mix flowers amongst the shrubs or, if space is at a premium, plant them in pots that can be moved into prominent spots when the plants are in top form. Most flowers need a reasonable amount of sun but some – such as aquilegias, lobelias, primulas and cinerarias – will grow in light shade.

Prepare and care

Mix some organic compost or manure into the soil to fluff it up. Or, for pots, buy a top quality potting mix such as Yates Professional. Add some Dynamic Lifter pellets which will give gentle encouragement to the growing roots. At planting time, water in with Yates Nitrosol. It contains naturally-occurring growth boosters that will encourage the roots to get started.

Feed every couple of weeks with a liquid food (e.g. Nitrosol or Thrive Soluble All Purpose). Once the plants approach maturity, Thrive Flower & Fruit will encourage continual blooming. Have a Yates Rose Gun in the garden shed so you can nip pest and disease problems in the bud as soon as they appear.

What to grow

The choice is extensive, but here are some top favourites:

Don’t forget the spring bulbs, too. It’s frustrating, when you see daffodils, jonquils, tulips and hyacinths flowering their heads off in other people’s spring gardens, to realise that, once again, you’ve missed their autumn planting season.


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