Category: 'Outdoors'

Bring bright and bold colours to your urban garden

Summer is coming! As I write this outside the weather is glorious, and I'm itching to get out into my urban garden to have a potter. Summer plants bring the brightest and boldest flowers of the year, and in this post I focus on plants to buy and plant now to make your urban garden pop with colour this summer.

Planting for summer: seeds and bulbs to plant now

April is a key month to do a little work so your outdoor urban garden is stunning come the summer. Imagine warm nights, sat out among pots of beautiful flowers, sipping on a glass of wine, maybe with a few friends, maybe eating a salad freshly picked from your urban garden. Sounds like heaven to me! And you can achieve all this by spending a little time planting seeds and bulbs in April, even if you only have a window box and a few pots to plant them in.

First flowers of the year

The last couple of weeks I've started to spot the first flowers of the year popping up both in my urban garden, and while out and about, a clear and sure sign that Spring is coming. I get so excited over these early beauties. I really treasure them as I look forward to more light, better weather, and the chance to get out in my urban garden more often. Roll on Spring!

Create a winter flowering container display

The cold winter weather is definitely setting in - yey for jumpers and warm drinks! Loads of plants are at their best at this time of year - think of traditional Christmassy plants like holly, ivy, mistletoe, and indoor flowering amaryllis - but if your urban garden is looking a little dreary then it's time to brighten it up with an easy to create winter flowering container display.

Plant bulbs now for stunning flowers in Spring

I love spring flowers. I think tulips are actually my favourite of all flowers, and I also adore delicate miniature iris, narcissi, crocus and muscari, as well as pure white paperwhites and showy hyacinths. Spring flowers are the first flowers of the year, signalling the end of the long cold winter, the beginning of new growth and lighter, longer days. I get so excited the first day in spring that I venture outside to find flowers! Plus, the varieties, particularly of tulips, are so diverse that you can have fun experimenting with different colour combinations to create amazing displays. And, last but definitely not least - bulbs are easy peasy to plant and look after. So I urge you - plant some spring bulbs now - you will be so glad you did come the spring.

5 steps to keep your urban garden beautiful into autumn

September is a time of change in the urban garden as the nights draw in and the weather cools. I love September, and there are plenty of plants that will keep going and even thrive into autumn and winter. By following 5 steps you can make September a time of positive (and beautiful) change in your urban garden.

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