Flowering bulbs like jonquils, hyacinths and freesias fill the air with fragrance during late winter and spring and tulips, daffodils and anemones can create swathes of gorgeous colour or brighten an outdoor area when grown in a pot.
Whatever your favourite spring flowering bulb is, it’s time to start planning! A little preparation now will result in much healthier bulbs and a gorgeous floral show.
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The bright little petaled faces of pansies are one of the delights of the cooler months. Whether you have a bare spot in a sunny or partly shaded garden bed or want to brighten a courtyard or balcony with some flower packed pots, pansies provide a splash of happy colour.
Oasis Horticulture has a range of the prettiest spreading pansies, which will grow to around 45 – 60 cm in diameter.
They become smothered in flowers during autumn and winter and are fantastic as garden bed fillers and to cascade over the edges of containers, hanging baskets and retaining walls. Varieties include purplish pink ‘Raspberry’, multi coloured ‘Fire’ and light mauve and white ‘Morpho’.
To create an additional wow factor, combine spreading pansies with late winter and spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, jonquils tulips, hyacinths, freesias, hyacinths and anemones, which become available from March.
If you’re in the sub tropics, try babiana and baby gladioli. The pansies will provide a beautiful carpet of flowers and then the bulbs will pop through the pansies and begin their gorgeous floral display.