Plant Spring Flowers
Flowers lift the spirit.
Photo: Grøn Kommunikation
Originally written by Lars Lund
Edited by Louise Curly
Cheer up your doorstep or patio this spring with a decorative pot packed full of beautiful early-flowering plants. Pots of little spring bulbs and perennials are easy to get hold of from the garden centre at this time of year and they can be combined to create a display that will raise the spirits.
Plants to look out for:
- Primroses and bedding primulas
- Dwarf daffodils and dainty species daffodils such as Narcissus bulbocodium
- Muscari, also known as grape hyacinths
- Small irises
- The pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
- Anemones such as the wood anemone and Anemone coronaria
- Fritillaries such as the chequerboard flowers of the snake’s head fritillary
- Alpines such as saxifrages
- Make sure the container has plenty of drainage holes, if not add some using a drill.
- Fill with a soil-based compost such as John Innes No2.
- Plant up the individual plants and fill in the gaps in between with more compost.
- If there’s any bare soil cover this with moss gathered from your garden.
- Give the container a good soak with a can of water.
Om Lars Lund
Danish horticulturist and journalist
Lars Lund has for many years engaged in the garden and greenhouse. Lars has published many books about greenhouses, and he has participated in many Danish horticultural TV shows. He is a walking garden encyclopaedia, and he has answers for most basic cultivation questions – also the more ambitious ones.