Plant of the Month - March

As we leave winter behind and head in to the brighter days of March, most of the coldest weather is behind us and the promise of another growing season is on the horizon. For March's plant of the month we are going to look at planting small pots of perennials ready to be grown for a riot of summer colour.


Planting small pot perennials in March and April give you the widest range of perennials, these often include taller growing varieties which aren't always available in the summer months. As these plants haven't been grown on the nursery for as long as the standard sized plants they offer a great way to replant/refresh larger borders for a fraction of the cost. They are also ideal for using as gap fillers between larger plants.


We stock 2 sizes of smaller perennials. The first are 9cm pots priced at £2.79 or 4 for £10. These are the smallest and include many traditional varieties. Alternatively we stock 1 L pots priced at £4.99 or 3 for £12 which are bigger and often include some of the newer plant varieties including Geranium Rozanne or Geum “Totally Tangerine”.


Some of our top pick perennials in these ranges include;


Lupins

Lupins produce bold, colourful spikes of pea-like flowers in early summer – from white to pinks, reds, yellows, blues and purples, and various combinations of these. These reach 90cm (3ft) tall, rising above clumps of softly hairy green leaves divided into finger-like leaflets.


Delphiniums

Perennial delphiniums are renowned for their rich colours and commanding presence. They flower in early summer and are perfect for beds and borders and make a glorious cut flower. Tall flower spikes are packed with single or double flowers, in shades of blue, purple, dusky pink, red and white


Erysimum’s, commonly known as perennial wallflower

Flowering from February right through to midsummer, this hardy perennial well deserves its RHS AGM. Although relatively short lived, Wallflower 'Bowles Mauve' makes up for it in sheer flower power, producing masses of mauve flowers above clumps of grey-green, evergreen foliage. Versatile and undemanding, this tough little Erysimum copes in even the poorest of soils. Perfect for filling beds and containers with long lasting colour. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 60cm (24").


Geums

Geums are popular hardy perennials that can flower from late spring into summer and sometimes as late as Autumn. They have semi-evergreen foliage and offer flowers usually of yellow, orange and red. Most Geums reach a height of 50cm so are perfect for the front or middle of a border.


Verbena Bonarensis

Verbena bonariensis has tall, narrow, sparsely-leafed stems on top of which flattened heads of bright lavender-purple flowers appear in late-summer. It’s perfect for bringing height to an ornamental border and also works well in prairie-style planting schemes with ornamental grasses. It’s a superb butterfly plant, rivalling even Buddleia.



With both sizes of pots we carry a large range of varieties which changes regularly so it’s always worth browsing when you visit the garden centre to see which new varieties we have in stock through March and April


We currently offer the following themed collections in both 9cm and 1L on our webshop. Available for click and collect or local home delivery (varieties depend on stock availability).


1L

Cottage garden favourite

Blue and purple collection

Pastel colour collection

Hot colour collection


9CM

Cottage garden favourite

Blue and purple collection

Pastel colour collection

Hot colour collection

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