Finally March is here and now all of us green fingered folk can enjoy some serious gardening time. As we plan and prepare our borders and vegetables patches we know that in only a few months’ time we’ll be rewarded with wonderful colourful displays and harvests fit for an organic king.
March is the perfect time to sow the year’s annuals, as we’ve impatiently waited until those rectangular seed packets depict the month we’re in, now we can break them free and scatter and sow until our hearts delight.
The old favourites are still the best and some are even considered retro chic amongst gardeners, so here’s the pick of the bunch that promise to proudly promote your gardening skills.
Sown under glass now the delphinium only has one fault, and that is the fact that it is not a perennial. It seems such a shame that its cousins such as the Lupin and the Foxglove can flower year after year, whereas this takes time, effort, and frost free conditions. This doesn’t make it any less rewarding however, as the scents along with the pastel shades of pinks, yellows and blues make this one of the most attractive plants to stand tall at the back of any border.
Don’t let the annual nature of this flower fool you; although it despises the winter, the Phlox is a sturdy plant that will perform in the toughest of conditions. With double headed flowers it gives an extraordinary fragrant display. The petite varieties tend to be more popular in colours such as sungold, yellow and orange.
Last year I planted this for the first time. I was sceptical at first as I failed to see how one small seed could grow into the picture depicted on the packet. As I watched it climb over the old plum tree during the summer, I was amazed at its speed and worried it may resemble the vine weed that we tried so hard to eradicate only a few years before. However as it came to life at the end of the season I wasn’t disappointed, with every colour of the rainbow along with stripes too, the walls were an absolute delight and emanated a real country cottage chocolate box appearance.
If treated well petunias give the most incredible displays. Used in hanging baskets, Petunias will bush before trailing towards the ground full with flower heads that boast vibrant colours. I find they need a little extra care to avoid the straggly look. Petunias respond well to fertilizer, a well-drained soil and daily deadheading.
Grown from tubers Dahlias are so perfectly pretty they almost look false. When they bloom it seems amazing that every petal is completely uniform giving them a doll-like quality. These do brighten up the front of borders as their low growing habit allows them to grow without shadowing others and the myriad of varieties available enable you to use them for classic or contemporary designs.
If annuals are not your thing, then see our range of perennial plants for sale.