What to plant in spring
To give you ideas for plants that look good in spring, we have picked out a few favourites to help you choose what to plant in your garden for early spring flowers and foliage.
Forget-Me-Nots are the perfect choice for spring containers.
Sky blue clouds of little five petal flowers come out in early spring and for many they are the first sign winter is finally over.
Also known by the name 'Myosotis', Forget-Me-Nots look good planted on the edge of pots and containers as they form pretty little blue clumps.
Trailing plants are always a favourite of ours. The tumbling leaves spill over edges of baskets, pots and other containers or creep along the ground as they grow.
A Tiarella is a good trailing plant to start with as they are fairly easy going and stay evergreen.
They normally have interesting markings on their leaves and shoot up tall flower stalks often with pink foamy flowers.
|'Morning Star' (pictured left) has attractive red-bronze stars on nice green foliage and looks good planted with Wallflowers.|
Wallflowers surprisingly don't have to be grown in or up walls. Although they have been known to pop up in places like cottage walls, they look good planted just about everywhere, especially in flower beds and pots.
Although they're also called Erysimums we have heard them called the butterfly flower because the petals form a similar shape to a butterfly.
Their petals often display two or three different shades and age into new colours. Erysimum Winter 'Sorbet' (pictured right) flowers in tones of purple, yellow, pink and copper which are really nice warm colours for spring.
Plant them in large groups in flower beds for a carpet of colour, or if you have a patio or balcony, plant them in pots with other spring varieties.
If you're not sure what to plant them with you can use our spring planting recipes for ideas for early flowering displays.
Leafy foliage gives your garden depth and makes it seem full of life.
Spurges (or Euphorbia as they are often called) have really fun leaves and flowers. They often have pinky-red tinges and the flowers often look a little strange. You can get evergreen Eurphobias, and summer flowering ones. At this stage in the year it's best to stick to evergreen varieties like Euphorbia 'Efanthia' (pictured left) for luscious foliage.
They can fill out spring pots and grow well together with other plants too.
Spring also brings out the best in Heucheras, also known as Coral Bells
They're really leafy mound forming plants that shoot up tall foamy flowers from their stems throughout the year. The cold crisp weather we get in spring intensifies their colours and markings look very impressive, especially when planted in large groups together.
They're pretty low maintenance and can be planted in shady spots too. Mix different coloured Heuchera together for a vibrant display.
If you'd like some planting ideas to get you started, try our spring planting recipes.