Bite the bul­let and spring ahead

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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - Gardens -

Michael­mas daisies can be planted in sum­mer to fill gaps left by early flow­er­ing plants. Their flow­ers look lovely in sil­very, grey or pas­tel schemes. All asters do well in sun or light shade in rea­son­able soil, but need to be kept well wa­tered in dry soils.

As soon as your sum­mer pots are look­ing strag­gly and tired, bite the bul­let, bin the sum­mer bed­ding and make a head start by fill­ing your con­tain­ers with spring bulbs. Bulbs of­ten do bet­ter in con­tain­ers than in the ground, as you can con­trol drainage bet­ter and plant them in gritty com­post which gives them more chance of suc­cess. Ide­ally, daf­fodils, cro­cuses and hy­acinths should be planted by the end of Septem­ber, al­though they can be planted later. Tulips should be planted in late Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber, as they need a drop in tem­per­a­ture to root well. Plant­ing in lower tem­per­a­tures may also re­duce the chances of them get­ting a fun­gal dis­ease called tulip blight, which can rot the bulbs or cause le­sions on the leaves. Don’t be fooled into think­ing that spring bulbs in pots should all be of the dwarf va­ri­ety. While there’s few prettier sights than a mass of deep blue mus­cari fill­ing a small tra­di­tional ter­ra­cotta pot, don’t

Deep blue mus­cari can grow in a con­tainer

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