Make room for wall­flow­ers

They’re long-stand­ing, easy to grow and full of colour and scent

Garden News (UK) - - About Now - Words Karen Mur­phy

For a bril­liant burst of colour and life early next spring, choose re­li­able erysi­mum, or wall­flow­ers, which have been stal­warts of our gar­dens for cen­turies.

They’re tough and easy bed­ding for the low main­te­nance gar­dener, and most have a fab­u­lous scent to boot.

All roads lead to au­tumn when it comes to plant­ing wall­flow­ers. Sown as bi­en­ni­als ear­lier in the year, they es­tab­lish them­selves as strong, young plants over sum­mer, which can be put into the ground now. But the tra­di­tional way to grow them is from cheap bare-roots, ready to plant in au­tumn and avail­able from gar­den cen­tres and on­line nurs­eries, sold wrapped in pa­per as un­pre­pos­sess­ing clus­ters of roots with tufts of green fo­liage.

De­spite their looks, bare-roots can be the best way to grow plants, sold with their root sys­tems al­ready ro­bust, ready to get in the soil and romp away! Here’s our guide on plant­ing and car­ing for th­ese old favourites, plus some zingy choices to try.

Team wall­flow­ers with other spring favourites now, such as grape hy­acinths and eu­phor­bia, or they’re just as ef­fec­tive in pots on their own

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