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First Spring Flowers in My Garden

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The best bulb flowers for your garden

Dianthus ‘Anders Kath Phillips’


Dianthus can be annuals, evergreen perennials or subshrubs with narrow, often greyish leaves and showy flowers that are frequently fragrantPerpetual flowering carnations are half-hardy evergreen perennials grown under glass for cut flowers and for exhibition. Given temperatures above 10C, they can flower all year round, the blooms to 10cm across, sometimes scented’Anders Kath Phillips’ is an evergreen perennial with grey-green leaves and pale, creamy-yellow flowers with each petals finely edged with deep purple
Common Name: carnation ‘Anders Kath Phillips’
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Color flower: Dark Purple and Pale Yellow in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Slugs and aphids may be a problem
Pruning: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Prefers a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or garden compost and an application of a balanced fertiliser in spring
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants


How to care about dianthus

Viola ‘Velour Purple and White’ (Velour Series)


Viola can be annuals, biennials or deciduous or evergreen perennials, with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and 5-petalled flowers of characteristic shape

‘Velour Purple and White’ is a compact pansy to 15cm, with yellow-eyed, light purple flowers with white markings, flowering in spring and summer

Common Name: pansy ‘Velour Purple and White’
Family: Violaceae
Color flower: White and Pale Purple in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, snails, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite
Pruning: Deadhead to prolong flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Best grown in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants


How To keep your Pansies looking Full and Flowering all season long

Veronica prostrata ‘Spode Blue’


Veronica can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs with paired leaves and small flowers usually in terminal or axillary racemes or spikes

‘Spode Blue’ is a prostrate perennial 10cm tall, forming a mat of narrow, semi-evergreen leaves and erect racemes of small blue flowers in early summer

Common Name: prostrate speedwell ‘Spode Blue’
Family: Plantaginaceae
Color flower: Blue in Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Suitable for rock garden, trough or alpine house
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Patio/Container Plants


Lantana camara


Lantana can be evergreen shrubs or perennials, with simple, often wrinkled leaves, and domed terminal clusters of small, salver-shaped flowers

L. camara is an evergreen shrub with sometimes prickly stems bearing wrinkled, ovate leaves and terminal clusters of salver-shaped flowers 1cm across, opening yellow and ageing to red, from late spring to autumn

Common Name: yellow sage
Family: Verbenaceae
Color flower: Red and Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H1 (requires heated greenhouse/indoors)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite under glass
Pruning: Pruning group 9
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow outdoors in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun in frost-free conditions. Grow under glass in a loam-based compost in full light. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser fortnightly. Keep just moist in winter
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


Lantana camara growing tips

Lantana camara beautiful variety

Cytisus × boskoopii ‘Hollandia’


Cytisus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, ranging from prostrate to erect and almost tree-like, with small, simple or 3-parted leaves and pea-like flowers spring or summer’Hollandia’ is a small deciduous shrub with slender green shoots and small leaves. Flowers cream with wings and back of standard petal crimson
Common Name: broom ‘Hollandia’
Family: Papilionaceae
Color flower: Cream and Red in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Broom gall mites may be a problem
Pruning: Pruning group 1 or pruning group 3 but do not cut into old wood
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Best grown in well-drained, poor acid soils in full sun. Tolerant of lime but may become chlorotic on shallow chalk soils. Brooms resent transplanting
Garden characteristics: Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden or Drought Resistant


Lathyrus latifolius ‘White Pearl’


Lathyrus can be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, mostly climbing, with pinnate leaves ending in a tendril, and showy pea-like flowers, fragrant in some species

‘White Pearl’ is a vigorous climbing herbaceous perennial to 2m, with winged stems and paired grey-green leaflets bearing tendrils. Up to 11 pure white flowers 2-3cm in width are borne in racemes

Common Name: everlasting pea ‘White Pearl’
Family: Papilionaceae
Color flower: White in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Climbing
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, slugs and snails
Pruning: Cut back to ground level in autumn
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Can be grown as a climber or allowed to scramble over banks and slopes. It copes with sun or partial shade in fertile well-drained soil
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, Drought Resistant or Wall-side Borders