I‘m planning to plant up some colourful spring containers this weekend.
February can seem like the longest month, despite being the shortest! And it will cheer me up, as well as the garden, to see some bright colour in containers and in the border.
I’ve already got some wild primroses and creamy yellow primulas in the garden. They are great plants for shady places; mine have been flowering on and off since last April.
For the se new containers I’m using some brilliantly coloured polyanthus to give the garden a much needed boost.
I’m really lucky to work here at Unwins, I get to see lots of seeds and plants; but I couldn’t wait to take these primulas home for a ‘test drive’! Our grower has excelled himself, the plants are large and healthy and the colours are amazing, some are traditional favourites but others are colours I’ve never seen before. The pinks and salmons are really vibrant.
I’m putting five plants in each container and adding some trailing ivies too; these plants work just as well in troughs and window boxes.
Once they have finished flowering in your spring containers you can lift the plants and divide them and replant into a shady border.
Step by step-plant up a spring container
- Fill the container with multi purpose compost
- Arrange the plants still in their pots, on top of the soil.
- When you’re happy with the effect, gently knock the plants out of their pots and plant with their crowns level with the soil
- Firm in gently and water to settle soil around the roots
- Stand back and admire!
If you want to add even more interest to the display you can plant trailing ivies around the edge of the containers.
What’s in a name? Primulas, primroses or polyanthus?
Primula is the correct Latin name for all these plants but we tend to call the native pale yellow –flowered Primula vulgaris ‘primroses’ while the larger flowered plants are more often referred to as polyanthus.
All have rosettes of crinkled leaves and shallow, open flowers but some, such as drumstick primulas: (Primula denticulate) and candelabra primulas such as Primula baileyana have clusters of flowers grouped on a single stem.
Whatever we call them they all give the garden a great spring lift.