Winter’s finally coming to an end so it’s a good time to think about how your garden is going to look over the next few months.
I took myself off to the RHS London Plant and Design Show in Westminster last week to give myself a bit of a kick start for the busy season ahead.
It’s an annual fixture, you can see exactly what plants look like before you buy them and get expert advice from the growers themselves. This is invaluable if you’re new to gardening or have specific problems with particular plants.
There are plenty of specialist nurseries selling bulbs, interesting shrubs, perennials, fruit and vegetables and a great place to go for ideas and inspiration.
These are some of the highlights:
I have a soft spot for these Iris reticulata, Jacques Armand have a wide range of varieties and of these and masses of other types of bulbs, as do Broadleigh Bulbs. Both nurseries supply by mail order.
There were beautiful Hippeastrum ( Ameryillis), this variety is Hippeastrum Alfresco from Pheasant Acre Plants.
Though this means thinking ahead to the autumn, which is a little too far ahead for me to contemplate at the moment, but it’s good to make a note of favourite ones.
These beautiful, frilly hellebores are from the Hillier gardens in Hampshire.
There was a good selection of fruits and potatoes to choose from, they’re some of the easiest plants to grow and it’s a good time to plant them.
I like to get myself organised at this time of year ready for sowing vegetable and flower seeds. Having the necessary equipment such as twine, plant labels and pens to hand makes everything much easier,
it makes gardening a much more stream-lined task.
All the equipment above is available from the Wisley plant shop and at RHS shows through the year.
Here’s an earlier post about growing Spring flowers.