Some Spring Planting Ideas!
It’s that time of year when there is a feeling of renewed energy to get stuck into the garden. The garden centre is filling up with so many wonderful plants that it makes me wish my garden was bigger.
The lovely colourful primroses are perfect for brightening up a flower bed or putting in containers to add some much needed colour to a patio or dull area. Try planting them with a small shrub or conifer, adding a few spring flowering bulbs such as dwarf daffodils or tulips to create a beautiful container or tub. It’s simple, inexpensive and so effective and will give you something to enjoy for the season.
Our British native wildflower Primula vulgaris is always such a lovely sight dotted about the garden this time of year and I can’t imagine my little woodland/wildlife garden not having any. I will brighten up that shady area with creamy pale yellow flowers and although they aren’t flowering just yet they’re bulking up nicely, some have flower buds too. They’ll contrast perfectly with my blue pulmonarias too and are another source of nectar for those early bees.
The cowslip Primula veris is another wildflower that can often be seen about in wild grassed areas, verges and banks, it makes a great garden plant too and in spring produces erect flower stems bearing pretty clusters of bright yellow bell-like flowers.
A very vibrant looking primula is the polyanthus type gold laced group. These have erect stems with cluster of pretty primrose red or almost black flowers that have a gold edge and yellow centre. They look very attractive in a small group or mixed with the plain yellow ones and would look equally pretty in containers too!
Primula japonica and its cultivars like ‘Miller’s Crimson’ with its clusters of deep pink-red flowers and ‘Apple Blossom’ that bears pink flowers with dark red centres on erect stems are known as candelabra primulas. These early summer flowerers are perfect for that moist or damp area in sun or part shade and look fabulously impressive planted in groups around a pond or in a bog garden.