Spring Flowers For Your Garden
When the nights begin to draw out and there’s that spring like feeling in the air, it’s the most natural thing in the world to want to spend more time outdoors. Fortunately, it’s also the time of year that your garden can look an absolute picture thanks to the emergence of gorgeous spring flowers.
If you want to be met with a sea of beautiful colour and an explosion of delightful fragrance when you head out of your house, spring flowers are just the ticket. You might be surprised, too, at just how many different options there are, and how easy they can be to grow and to care for.
Five Spring Flower Favourites
The choices when it comes to spring flowers for your garden is nigh on unlimited, but there are five enduringly popular varieties that are sure to prove a hit in any outdoor space and to give any garden a sensational spring like feeling.
Crocuses are a quintessentially British spring bloom and boast usually blue or purple jewel-like flowers which can’t fail but catch the eye. They look best when planted in large, naturalised swathes and as such can combine brilliantly with taller flowering plants.
An ideal companion to a bed of crocuses, then, might just be the traditionally elegant daffodil. The inspiration for a famous William Wordsworth poem, daffodils have immediately recognisable trumpeted blooms and come in a huge range of colours and varieties.
Tulips, too, are hugely popular thanks to the plethora of different colours that there are to choose from. What’s more, these gorgeous flowers are also equally well-suited to being planted singly or to forming the main focus of a whole flower bed.
Perhaps a slightly less common spring flower, lily of the valley can also make for a fabulous addition to any garden. Featuring delicately fragranced sprays of small white flowers, they also provide an attractive carpet of foliage that’s great for elegantly filling space in a border.
Finally, there are few flowers more closely associated with springtime in Britain than the bluebell. Traditionally a classic woodland flower, the bluebell delivers fabulous blue blooms and tends to thrive in damp and shady areas where other flowers may struggle.
Hints and Tips for Growing Spring Flowers
The above, then, should have got your horticultural juices flowing and if you have been suitably inspired to pick up a trowel, there are just a few simple tips that can help you grow the perfect spring flowers.
Firstly, when you head to a garden centre or other supplier to buy spring flower bulbs it is crucial to check that they are not damaged or shrivelled and that they do not feel soft. After this, it is also advisable to try to plant your bulbs within around a week of purchase or they will begin to sprout.
When it comes to planting, you should try to place bulbs in areas which best suit their particular variety of flower. Bluebells, as mentioned above for instance, will thrive in damp and shady areas but other plants will not enjoy the same conditions.
No matter where you ultimately decide to place them, it is a good rule of thumb to try to plant bulbs at a depth two to three times the height of the bulb itself. It will also help with the growth of the plant if you allow around two bulb widths between each bulb that you plant.
After that, all you need do is replace the soil above your bulbs, gently firm it in and give the area a liberal watering as and when required. It really is that simple to fill your garden with gorgeous spring flowers that will be sure to delight anyone who sees them.
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