Gardening 101: Beginners guide to planting all year round

Don’t know your crocuses from your chrysanthemums? Follow our easy guide on to what to plant and when to plant it...

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Want to get into gardening but don’t know where to start? There are staple plants that will perform well each season, and are sure to make your garden the talk of the neighbourhood. Follow our quick guide and expert tips on creating a beautiful garden, whatever the weather…

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Spring bloomers

Narcissus

Commonly known as daffodils, they make a great display of spring flowers. Choose from pure yellow, white, orange and salmon or a combination of one or more colours in single or double blooms. 

Best season to plant: Plant the bulbs in autumn, each one in a hole about three times the height of the bulb.

How to grow: Narcissus perform well in flower beds or pots and planters, choose a sunny or part-shaded spot for best results.

Tips: Once the leaves appear, feed the bulbs with a liquid fertiliser a few times during the spring and summer, this helps to keep them flowering well for years. Plant miniature narcissus in winter bedding containers for a great display when your other winter flowers are fading.


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Elegant goblet-shaped flowers in purple lilac, yellow, orange white, striped or plain colours.

Best season to plant: Plant crocus corms in the autumn.

How to grow: Great in pots and planters of multipurpose compost, at the front of beds and borders or allowed to naturalise in short grass beneath shrubs or trees. A sunny or partly shaded spot with good drainage is best.

Tips: Scatter the corms on the ground and plant where they fall for a really great random effect. Use crocus to supply early spring colour in containers. Occasional feeding will help to ensure a good display of blooms for many years.


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How to grow: Asters provide a great way to brighten up flowerbeds, or look lovely packed into pots and planters. Their distinctive shape also works well in a posie.

Tips: Grow plenty of asters for really reliable cheerful colour, keep them moist at all times and feed regularly with a high potash liquid feed and they will often perform well into autumn.

Tips: A great plant for slug-prone gardens. Good in containers on a sun-drenched patio as they are pretty tolerant of dry conditions.  Feed regularly for best flowering.


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Autumn picks

Tips: Feed with a high-potash liquid feed in summer. Grow dwarf forms in patio planters and taller forms in beds and borders, allowing some for cutting too.


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Winter wonders

Tips: Given time, snowdrops will multiply and spread all of their own accord and can create a gorgeous carpet of flowers.  Try growing with the lovely (but trickier) winter aconite whose stunning bright yellow flowers add extra impact.


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Images courtesy of Meneerke Bloem, Wiki Commons, Thompson and Morgan, Meneerke Bloem