If you’re a novice gardener who wants to make their garden bloom – here’s the flowers to get your garden gorgeous in the summer.
First – are you going to plant in plant pots, directly in the soil or in a greenhouse?
If you’re looking for less maintenance – or only have a small garden space – plant pots are your best bet. If you want to get your hands dirty then prepare to get dug in and excited about soil maintenance. If you’re looking for year-round gorgeous flowers and veggies, then it may be time to invest in a greenhouse, which are a lot less expensive than you think.
For outdoor potted plants or balcony boxes – try lavender. Beautiful, fragrant and easy to grow. If you want a little more – or lots more – colour, then try pansies. They’re very low maintenance – all they need to thrive is good soil, a bit of sun and regular watering. Choose from classic purples to bright yellows. If you want to plant indoors – try a succulent: less prickly than a cactus but just as easy to care for.
Straight in the soil
If you’re ready for some serious garden planting - then there’s a couple of things you should invest in. We don’t need to tell you that gardening is hard work – if you don’t want bruised knees and sore legs, we’d recommend a garden kneeler. Trust us, this is much more comfortable than kneeling on patio slabs or muddy grass (less messy too).
But first things first, if you really want a garden in bloom then invest in a tiller. It’ll prime your soil, ready for planting. With a tiller, you take out all the hard work. Within minutes – and with minimal effort – you’ll have perfectly turned soil.
After that opt for hardy flowers – for your first season at least. Germaniums are colourful, hardy and near indestructible. They’ll bloom without much effort – just plant them and keep them well watered.
You can also improve your soil at any time by adding a bit of compost (we’ve got a super easy blender compost recipe here).
If you’ve got a greenhouse, the world is your oyster. It’s the perfect environment to grow vegetables and plant flowers galore. A greenhouse will extend the spring and summer seasons, giving you a bumper crop of veggies, well into autumn.
A greenhouse will protect plants from the elements and give them plenty of room to thrive. Grow onions, garlic, cucumbers and chillies or start a mini herb garden and have basil, mint and thyme on tap. Raise seeds, seedlings, cultivate plants and keep them safe from the British weather. It’s a win-win.