- After the last Frost: Once this date is past it is safe to plant your less hardy varieties and annuals. A rule of thumb is the last frost occurs at the end of April in the South West, in mid May in the South East, the Midlands and Wales and at the beginning of June and the North. It is best not to go by the calendar alone. Watch the temperature and the weather reports.
- Small bulbs in the Spring: The smaller bulbs will be the first to bloom in the spring. Fill your borders with crocus, allium molyluteum and winter aconites.
- Extending The Blooming Period:
For extended period of colour combine annuals with your spring bulbs. Try pansies, primulas and hardy perennials such as Helleborus orientalis, heuchera and phlox.
- Flowers through out the summer: With a new garden you need species that will provide a good season of colour will establish very quickly.
- Perennials: That are at their in early to mid summer are cranesbill geranium psilostemon or G. endressii, scabious,Anthemis tinctoria,gaura,valerian and nepeta.
- Shrubs: Make the most of the spectacular growth of lavatera mixed with late flowering spiraea and potentilla which are relatively good value and easy to find. To create colour while you are for you evergreens to grow and your shrubs to bloom. Create colour by sowing and planting seedlings of green or bronze fennel.
- Annuals: Plant old fashioned favourites. Cosmos ,nasturtium, nigella or other annuals for instant colour and denser planting in your garden.
- Autumn Colour: In summer flowers are bountiful. Don't forget the Autumn though. When planting remember to create spots for colour in this season.