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What’s new in the flower world this spring? Take a peek at the brilliant blooms unfurling for you at your local nursery
spring – it’s everyone’s favourite planting season. And, just to add to the temptation to get growing, it’s also the time of year when a whole collection of new-release plants hits the nursery tables, in all their fabulous new colours and forms. So wait no longer. Head to your favourite nursery or garden centre and start planning all the ways you can brighten up your outdoor living areas with glowing colour for the warm months to come.
1 PRETTY PERFUME
A world first, these new double lavenders were bred in Australia by Paradise Plants. Lavish Lavenders feature highly fragrant blooms, with a mass of winged petals running all the way down the flower head. Compact in habit, they’re perfect for low hedging or containers. ‘Lavish Musk’ is soft pink in colour and ‘Lavish Rose’ bears mid-pink blooms. Height: 1.5m Width: 1m
With their cute globe-shaped flower heads, the Dreameria Collection of armerias are as tough as they’re pretty. Dry tolerant once established, these compact perennials cope with frost and thrive in coastal conditions. Available in a range of vibrant colours, they’re great for low borders and edgings, and also make fabulous container displays. Height: 30cm Width: 50cm
3 MASS BLOOMER
With its dark violet blooms, Lavandula ‘Purpleberry Ruffles’ is a striking new addition to the world of lavenders. A neat and compact plant, it produces masses of flowers through the warm months, above attractive grey-green foliage. Use it as a low flowering hedge in full sun, or try it as a feature plant in medium-sized containers.
Height: 60cm Width: 80cm
4 BUSHY BEAUTY
A lovely edging plant for part-sun positions, Viola ‘Bonnie Lassies Sarah’ has a fabulous name and delightful flowers – buttermilk-yellow with a yellow eye, and a light blue flush in cool temperatures. Bred in Scotland, it’s a compact, bushy plant that blooms from late spring into summer.
Height: 25cm Width: 40cm
Before planting a garden bed, position your new plants in their pots where you want them to go, following the spacings suggested on the label. When you’re happy with the arrangement of the plants, mark the positions, then dig the holes.