Gar­den notes: spring blooms

Spring is bloom­ing magic, and to prove it, Jackie French picks out the most glo­ri­ous flow­ers that can be grown in your gar­den.

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AZA­LEAS Most stun­ning spring-flow­er­ing small shrub: Aza­leas have so many flow­ers you can hardly see the leaves. Where to grow: Cold to tem­per­ate cli­mates, in dap­pled shade. The se­cret: Choose a trou­ble-free va­ri­ety like Red Wing. RHODO­DEN­DRONS Most pro­lific springflow­er­ing large shrub: Rhodo­den­dron Hy­brid flow­ers are in­cred­i­ble, in an ar­ray of vi­brant colours. Where to grow: Cold to tem­per­ate cli­mates, in acidic soils high in or­ganic mat­ter that is well drained. The se­cret: Choose a va­ri­ety suit­able for your cli­mate. Some are burnt by frost, oth­ers will flower even in warmer cli­mates. Plant be­hind smaller flow­ers to dis­tract the eye from the dull green leaves when they aren’t bloom­ing. CRAB AP­PLES Most re­li­able, stun­ning flow­er­ing fruit tree: Crab ap­ple blos­soms range from pure white through pinks, red or mauve pink. Many give small to plum-sized red, green, yel­low or pur­ple fruit. Where to grow: Cold to sub­trop­i­cal cli­mates. The se­cret: Grow an av­enue of the same va­ri­ety, or fill your gar­den with early, medium and late bloom­ing va­ri­eties to have con­stant glo­ri­ous­ness for three months or more. THE WEEP­ING CHERRY World’s most in­cred­i­ble cherry blos­som tree: Suit­able as a cen­tre­piece in the front lawn. Try Snow Foun­tains ( Prunus ‘ Sno­fozam’). Sin­gle white flow­ers cover the tree and it has gor­geous au­tumn leaves, too. After a cherry tree for hot cli­mates? Tai­wanese or bell cherry ( Prunus cam­pan­u­lata) are early flow­er­ing, with deep rose blooms that brighten up late win­ter drea­ri­ness. Plus na­tive birds, like tui, love the tiny fruit. Where to grow: Al­most any­where – it’s frost hardy but doesn’t need cold nights for stun­ning flow­ers. The se­cret: Keep well pruned so it’s neat and the flow­ers aren’t too high to ap­pre­ci­ate – un­less you hap­pen to be a bird. The bot­tom of the tree will grow suck­ers that need to be trimmed away. FLOW­ER­ING CHERRY Most stun­ning flow­er­ing fruit tree: There is a rea­son why so many places have cherry blos­som fes­ti­vals, their streets dressed in white and pink blos­soms.

Where to grow: Cold to tem­per­ate cli­mates, but the warmer the spring weather, the shorter time the blos­som will last. The se­cret: Grow only in ar­eas with re­li­ably cool but not frosty springs. Choose early or late va­ri­eties for longer bloom­ing. KOWHAI (Sophora mi­cro­phylla) Most stun­ning spring-flow­er­ing na­tive tree: Our golden yel­low na­tive flower her­alds the ar­rival of sun­nier days. Where to grow: Kowhai grows just about ev­ery­where around New Zealand. It’s best in tem­per­ate cli­mates, but not very pro­lific in strong sea breezes. The se­cret: The tree will thrive once it is large, but keep the ju­ve­nile pro­tected from the con­stant nib­bling of na­tive birds.

A bright new world of colour erupts ev­ery spring – en­joy.

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