As well as getting the house in order, there is also the rather large task of taming our rather large garden, and deciding what we are going to do with it. It was a long autumn and winter, which I have to confess, we didn’t do much to keep it tidy and maintained, which probably would have helped now, but now, we face the dilemma on where to start, as well as what do we want to do, it is like starting from scratch but you don’t know what’s going to pop-up next.
Well, one thing I know, I love colour, and for me, you can never have too many pots, if I have my way the whole of the front garden and patio at the back will be filled with gorgeous patio planters and containers. I just have to keep telling myself, planters aren’t cheap, so I have to slowly build up my collection. At the old house I’d lots of cute pots, they practically filled the patio, at the new house, however, they look so small and barely cover a corner, so I’ve decided I need to be a little clever in how I add spring blooms until I have added to my collection.
Spring Garden – Colour Scheme
First up, deciding on a colour scheme for the bedding plants, I change my mind every year, but this year it is all about purple and dark blue tones, inspired by the lavender and wisteria that we already have in the garden, and with ultra violet being Pantone’s colour of the year, it means it is very on trend.
Purple also offers a lot of options, not only various lavenders, I went for a great Regal Splendour that has fragrant dark, purple-violet flowers topped with dark purple bracts and will be so beautiful when it flowers, then there are so many options with Viola’s I love the different mixes you can get, I went for one with yellow and purple wings, a dark Blackberry Viola, then for lighter tones I couldn’t resist the Ice Pink Nemesia, which is less pink and more violet.
I also love the idea of a traditional country garden, that’s the goal anyway to have lots of gorgeous perennial plants that will flower year-on-year and then I only need to add extra bedding plants. It helped that Dobbies were doing a special on all the ones I loved so I picked up Erysimum Bowles Mauve, I love the delicate flowers, a striking Dianthus Houndspool Ruby, which has a gorgeous smell to it, Delphinium, because of its stunning pinky-purple coloured flowers, and Primula, for its pompom-like flowers.
The final addition was a dwarf Stocks mix, for a little variety, as well as the sweet scent they produce long into the summer.
Spring Garden – Hanging Baskets
The front of the house was a priority with the white shutters against the windows and all that brickwork it needs colour to make it inviting, so I decided to replace the hanging baskets that were already there. You can buy some great baskets already made up at Dobbies, but I wanted to keep to my colour scheme and have fun putting together my own, and I went for Violas, one of my favourite flowers, Nemesia, I do love masses of small flowers, as well as trailing Lobelia, as I wanted some of the flowers to trail down the wall.
A little tip when making up your own hanging baskets find a plant pot the similar size to stand it in while you fill with soil and plant your flowers – will make it a lot easier.
As well as the hanging baskets, I decided to move all my blue containers to the front of the house, so until the lavender in the border flowers and the bedding plants bloom there would still be some colour. The goal is also to fill all the gravel sections with flowering pots, I know I have my work cut out for me, but I’m calling it my ongoing project. When I see flowers and shrubs I like I’m just going to add them, and I have started with this cute Primula ‘Denticulata Blue’ perennial, as I said early I love the pompoms look to them, always have, but they are also an easy-to-grow flower, as well as being a great flower to attract butterflies and they sit close to the window of my office so I can’t wait to see them grow.
This corner of the patio is one of my favourite spots, not only is it a little sun trap, I just adore the curved wall and the tiles, it is so unique that I wanted to make a container display with a few spaces for chairs so I could sit out there and be surrounded by butterflies come the summer when all the pots are full of colour.
In the green containers I put in the mixed variety of Stocks, they’re already started to show what colour flowers and there will be a mix of yellow, white and pink and I can’t wait for the tall beauties to bloom as they are one of my favourite scented bedding plants. Plus, they were a bargain 3 trays for £9, more than enough to fill these three containers and some of the others dotted around the garden.
For my milk churn pots, I added my lavender, I love choosing flowers that attract butterflies, and I can’t wait for this Regal beauty to bloom as the purple hue is really beautiful. I also added a few Viola mixes, as well as the Delphinum, which has already started to show off its colouring as well as attract bees, another important factor when choosing flowers, as it is important that we try and help out our pollinator friends.