Spring into action. Spring will be here any day now and how lovely to see the garden coming to life! New foliage is developing on many plants. Get a breath of fresh air and nurture your garden now the growing season is upon us.
Work yourself in by clearing away leaves and twigs from the borders and digging over the soil, avoiding any emerging bulbs. March is a great time to improve the soil with farmyard manure or a soil-improving mulch. You can apply chipped bark for a head start on suppressing weeds, and there’s the added benefit of conserving moisture.
Cottage garden plants are available in the garden centre this month. Lupins, delphiniums and foxgloves are among the favourites, the latter being a charming low-maintenance plant with bell-shaped flowers blooming in mid-summer. Bees love them too!
March is a good time to plant new shrubs. After the winter there are often gaps in the garden to fill with something new. Just avoid planting if late frosts are forecast, since frost can damage new growth if your plants are not covered with horticultural fleece or an alternative to give them a bit of protection.
If you have a larger gap to fill in your garden, how about an ornamental tree? For a real spring delight, plant some flowering cherry trees or bushes, which will reward you with masses of colour.
The Camellia Japonica is a favourite. It’s evergreen with lovely glossy leaves and the flowers range from white to ruby red. Planted in a sheltered spot in acid soil, they take very little care and you are rewarded with a bushy plant with masses of flowers. Keep them pruned to the size you want otherwise they carry on growing.
Remember to firm plants in and water them well. Make sure you give them a regular drink to help them along during dry spells. If in doubt, ask one of the gardening experts at Garsons for advice on plant care and plants to suit the space that you have.
Lastly, if you have roses that suffered last year from discoloured leaves and poor blooms that didn’t last long, they will benefit from a nutrient boost. Sprinkle rose feed around the base of the plant, and a layer of mulch around your roses will improve the soil and keep it moist.
Until next month, happy gardening.