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Top flow­ers to plant and grow in the spring gar­den.


Tulips, cheiran­thus and cherry blos­soms make up this spring bou­quet. For op­ti­mal vase life, pick tulips when still in bud but when 50 per cent of the flower is coloured on the out­side. The flow­ers should last 3-4 days in the open­ing stage and another week af­ter they have opened. Cheiran­thus is an an­nual or bi­en­nial wall­flower and is more scented than the peren­nial wall­flower (pre­vi­ously, peren­nial wall­flow­ers were called erysi­mum and the an­nu­als cheiran­thus; now they are all lumped un­der the same name – erysi­mum – al­though you will still find cheiran­thus sold un­der that name). The an­nu­als and bi­en­ni­als can be grown from seed; the peren­nial wall­flow­ers, which are ei­ther ster­ile or do not come true from seed, are grown from cut­tings.

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