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Colour in the garden in February

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 


Colour in the garden in February

February might be cold, wet and dull but in the garden you can still find plenty or colour. The GardenAdvice team have come up with a few ideas on plants to increase the colour in your garden.

 

White snowdrops – Galanthus ‘Ailwyn’

How to grow cultivation
Grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer in sun or partial shade. See snowdrop cultivation
Propagation
Propagate by seed sown in containers in an open frame when ripe or by division when foliage dies back. Seed may not come true
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Garden Edging Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden

 

Red stem cornus – Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’

How to grow cultivation
Will grow in most soil conditions in sun or partial shade
Propagation
Propagate by hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Low Maintenance

 

Yellow aconite – Eranthis hyemalis

How to grow cultivation
Grow in a humus-rich, moderately fertile soil that doesnt dry out. Tolerates most soil types but does best in alkaline soils
Propagation
Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame in late spring or separate tubers in late spring after flowering. Dry tubers may not establish well
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cottage & Informal Garden

 

Red and white hellebore – Helleborus

How to grow cultivation
Often forced for earlier flowering and sold for indoor or outdoor Christmas display. Place in a cool place indoors and after flowering gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out in the garden. Thrives in neutral to alkaline soils that are moist, fertile and humus-rich. Partial shade is ideal but can tolerate full sun if the soil is not prone to drying out. Provide shelter from strong, cold winds. Mulch annually in autumn.

Propagation
Divide mature clumps in spring after flowering or in early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants

 

 

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