Plant of the Month - February

Our plant for the month of February is spring flowering bulbs. As we leave the coldest and darkest of the winter months behind, these plants bring the first signs of spring and signify the beginning of the gardening season. Some of the first to flower are snowdrops, one of the most common varieties is Galanthus nivalis with its dainty white flowers first appearing in early spring, snowdrops are best planted at this time of the year in the greenhouse to improve establishment.

The snowflake, Leucojum, is much larger than its relation the snowdrop. It’s easy to grow and multiplies freely in most gardens provided the soil is moist enough. It’s been known to withstand flooding and standing water, so it’s an ideal choice for boggy gardens and pond-side plantings. leucojum ‘Gravetye Giant’ is a particularly lovely snowflake, bearing dark green leaves and wide white flowers with green markings.

Our 1 litre scented bulb collection, a assortment of beautiful blooms and heady fragrance, ideal to bring some early spring scent and colour to your garden, collections feature tulips and daffodils.

Hyacinths with their attractive strong scented flowers in spring are available in a range of pastel colours which grow to 25cm in height.

Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ is one of the most popular dwarf daffodil varieties available. Growing to only 15cm high, its small size makes it ideal for planting in patio containers or at the front of a border. The deep golden yellow flowers appear in early spring, with each stem bearing up to 3 glorious blooms.

Tulip 'Red Riding Hood' is a compact tulip growing to 20cm in height which makes it ideal for growing towards the front of a border or equally in a container, with it's attractive red flowers its sure to bring some colour to your February garden.

Most bulbs can be planted in the garden or work well planted with spring bedding such as colourful primrose or viola. During the growing period ensure the plants don't dry out but equally they don't like to be too wet, in late February apply a top dressing of growmore to ensure there is enough nutrients available to the plant while it stores energy for next year. Flowers can be deadheaded when flowering has finished, however, it is important to remember to leave the leaves for around 6 weeks after flowering to ensure the plant has sufficient reserves to flourish again the following year.

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