Is the talent at Chelsea Flower Show inspiring you to give gardening a go?
Well we’ve got all the tools to get the job done, so we’ve put some top tips together to get you started.
- Organic fertilisers, compost and mulching materials all enhance the nutrient level and encourage life
- Bright light washes out cooler colours, so blues, greens and purples are better suited to shaded areas
- To achieve the best and most natural effect, never plant bulbs in a row. Plant them in clumps of at least five, seven or nine.
- Experiment by positioning plants in their pots before putting them in the ground. That way you can move them around and adjust them to arrive at the best look
- Autumn is the perfect time to collect seeds of hardy annuals, sweet peas and other favourites
- Seeds need to be kept cool, dark and dry over the winter. Store envelopes containing seeds in an old ice-cream carton or biscuit tin and put it in the fridge
- Roses are the highlight of the summer garden, but if you have only a small plot, look for roses that flower all summer long
- And finally… the joy of gardening is that nobody ever gets it right first time. Or even second time, it’s important to enjoy yourself
If you’re in need of a visual goal, look at our favourite displays from 2012. Impressive?
What are you waiting for? Get growing.
By Hollie Stirrup, content writer at Chums