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Blooming marvellous: flowering plants for spring


Few things delight like a blooming marvellous springtime garden! Resident plant expert at Coolings Garden Centre in Kent, Mark Reeve, shares his favourite spring-flowering plants, along with some expert tips on how to plant and care for them.

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Type of plant: Perennial.
Appearance: Purple-mauve flowers on spikes.
Guide price: £7.99
When to plant: Spring onwards.
Requirements and care instructions: Requires well-drained soil and a sunny or part-shaded position. Plant with tree and shrub compost.


'Amelanchier' varieties

Amelanchier

Type of plant: Tree.
Appearance: White flowers in spring set against bronze new growth. Autumn foliage colour.
Guide price: £44.99
When to plant: Spring onwards.
Requirements and care instructions: Requires well-drained soil and a sunny or part-shaded position. Plant with tree and shrub compost.



Mossy saxifrage

Mossy saxifrage

Type of plant: Alpine.
Appearance: White or pink flowers in spring.
Guide price: £1.99 to £3.99, depending on size
When to plant: Spring onwards.
Requirements and care instructions: Requires well-drained soil and a sunny site. Plant with John Innes No.1 compost.