Planting an all-round garden!

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring – no matter the season, can you have a garden that blooms all-year round?

“The answer is yes!” Says William Brown, Horticulturist at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa.

Here is a list of 5 plants you may like to consider for your “all-round” garden.

  1. Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Lettuce is an annual plant of the daisy family and should be planted in small amounts as it grows quickly. Lettuce grows the best in full sun, however it is able to tolerate some shade. Lettuce can be grown in a small space and even in a container and it will produce a large amount. (May need some sort of protection in the winter months, especially if the temperature drops significantly).

  1. Pansy

A pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower. They thrive in spots that receive a lot of sunshine in winter and spring and in semi-shaded spots in the summer months. These flowers should be watered deeply and not too often. They only need watering when the surface soil dries out. These blooms make ideal bedding plants. They are also a popular choice for hanging baskets and are likely to remain alive throughout the year.

  1. Siberian iris

This flower produces blue, lavender, white or yellow variations that bloom in late spring to early summer. But the foliage remains beautiful until late autumn. Siberians must be kept moist, but not wet, therefore one should ensure the soil has good drainage. They are hardy plants that are able to withstand low temperatures.

  1. Perennial geranium

Geraniums come in all different types and colours. They need lots of sun and soil with good drainage. The best condition for these flowers is full sun in the morning and light shade in the afternoon. These plants do not react well to frost and low temperatures, so in order to keep them growing, transfer them to pot plants and take indoors. They can be re-planted when the temperature rises again.

  1. Gazania

They come in a variety of bright and pastel colours. They bloom best in full sun and are likely to bloom throughout the year, however they will be at their best in spring and summer. They are also quick growing flowers.

Tips: It is best to choose perennials for your garden as they appear year after year, flowering in their specific seasons. This will also save you money as they do not die off and need to be replanted as they are left in the soil.

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