“How do you get your garden so colourful” I get asked this on a fairly regular basis during the summer months.
The answer of course is that I plant lots of flowering plants which attract all the bees and insects which in turn go on to pollinate more and so the cycle goes on. One of the easiest ways of starting this is by using perennials which flower each year, die off over winter and come back healthier and stronger the following year. After a while you have lots of lovely colour from plants which largely speaking look after themselves.
I was so pleased to receive an email this morning from one of my favourite website suppliers Thompson and Morgan promoting a 24hr offer.
I thought I would share this offer with you as it is the perfect was to get your perennial flowers started.
The offer is 72 plug plants (only tiny when they arrive) of varying types of perennial. There are 6 of each type that will be fully flowering by the summer.
The offer works out at 14p per plant, which by the time they are fully grown in the garden center they would be typically £2.50 per plant.
Ordered now the plug plants won’t be delivered until around April time, which is perfect as when you receive them of course there is some work to do.
Its not as easy as receiving your plants, planting them and hey presto, you will have to pot them on. I put them into module trays filled with compost, both of which can be purchased cheaply from shops such as Wilkinsons and put them in the greenhouse.
If you don’t have a greenhouse, a sunny windowsill will work just as well.
If you water them regularly, they will be ready to plant out in May. I tend to use the May 1/2 term holiday for planting all my summer colour, that way I know the risk of frost has passed.
And hey presto, a lovely flowery garden for the summer, and summers to come……