Flow­ers for Christ­mas?

Amateur Gardening - - Pick Of The Very Best -

Of course, there’s no ab­so­lute as­sur­ance that win­ter plants will come up trumps for Christ­mas. But to en­cour­age the best show pos­si­ble, plant in the right place. For in­stance, the Al­ge­rian iris (I. un­guic­u­laris) en­joys poor soil at the bot­tom of a sun-baked wall, and dog­woods (such as Cor­nus alba ‘Sibir­ica’) must be grown in full sun to en­sure their stems blaze bright scar­let.

If buy­ing con­tainer­ised plants now to put in the ground for Christ­mas, make sure they look healthy and show no signs of be­ing pot-bound.

Plant Al­ge­rian iris be­side a sunny wall

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