Spring-flowering garden plants to make you smile…
We’re 4 weeks behind in the UK garden world and this weekend saw the return of snow and biting winds. We’re all getting a bit fed up with wrapping up in lots of layers so I thought it would be nice to brighten up your week with some spring-like images…something to get you in the mood for what’s hopefully to come.
A lot of these pictures were taken at this time last year – it’s always interesting to compare things year on year.
Depending on which variety you choose, there will be a narcissus for each part of the spring season. ‘February Gold’ is a particularly early flowering variety. As the name suggests, flowers appear in February.
Tulips come a little later, but they look amazing planted en masse. The image above was taken at RHS Garden Wisley a few years ago – planting bulbs in this way really does create much more impact.
I noticed this weekend that there are a few trees starting to come into blossom and normally the early show of flowers appear on the ornamental cherries.
Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ is one of my favourite. It has pale pink flowers in spring and deep purplish leaves which then turn a wonderful rich colour in autumn.
There are many shrubs that flower in the spring. The flowering currant (Ribes sanguinium) is one of the first to flower. Clusters of small star-shaped flowers appear on the bare stems, quickly followed by deeply veined green leaves…
Stachyurus praecox is another shrub that produces flowers on the bare stems, normally from February to April – it’s really elegant …
Pulsatilla vulgaris grows well in any well-drained soil in full sun…
…and Hellebores appear early in the year and flower until late spring…
My last picture is the bud of a Magnolia tree which by this time last year in my garden was already coming into flower. The buds are tightly closed right now, but I long for the day when the flowers appear as this will truly be a sign that winter is behind us.
Lisa has been connected to the outdoors since she was a young child and has wonderful memories of spending time in the garden with her sister and friends. She specialises in helping families turn their gardens in to an extension of their home - a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round. You can read her blog at blog.lisacoxdesigns.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @lisacoxgardens. Read more posts by Lisa Cox.
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