Sow new for a gorgeous spring next year

Garden, this will be our year

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The thing with gardening is that it takes a great deal of foresight. My own approach of running down to B&Q the moment the sun shines, grabbing a few potted lavenders and then slowly mourning them as they shrivel and die over summer is really not to be advised.

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I am determined to change though, to do better. In order to have a beautiful spring, and oh how I want a beautiful spring in 2019, you must plant now. Or so I hear.

Being more manicured than green-fingered I asked and their resident plant expert Louise Golden for help.

So, if you fancy waking up to sunshine and daises (not exactly, but you get my drift...) next spring then get planting the below...

How to prepare for a beautiful spring

Tulip Fly Away

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These flowers are a striking colour and take the most unusual shape, with beautiful red and yellow flame-like flowers. Mass planting of these bulbs creates the impression of dancing flames flying into the air when they bloom in April/May. Growing to about 55cm/22”, this eye-catching variety also works well in pots or containers.

£3.99 each or 3 for £10

Tulip the First

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This is a very early flowering variety of tulip, producing attractive striped red and white flowers which sit above dark green foliage in March. These are shorter Tulips, around 20cm/8”, so are perfect for pots, containers or at the front of your favourite flower beds.

£3.99 each or 3 for £10

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Crocus Orange Monarch

This is the first orange crocus to be available and reflects the colours of the Monarch Butterfly beautifully. Flowering in the early spring, it will produce blooms with lovely citrus orange petals, marked on the outside with purple-black feathering and veining, making the clusters of flowers very appealing. Perfect for creating impact by planting in swathes, on slopes or banks, in rockeries, beds or borders for a stunning display in the garden or simply grown in pots on the patio. They will naturalise well and will guarantee a colourful spring garden for years. You will also find that your garden becomes a hive of activity as Crocus Orange Monarch attracts bees and other pollinators. They have the official seal of approval, carrying The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark which is only given to plants that support pollinating insects in gardens.

£3.99 each of 3 for £10

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Allium Schubertii

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Creates a beautiful spectacle in any garden. Each stunning bloom has two levels of deep rose-coloured flowers, one half which remains close to the stem and the other half will shoot out on longer stalks, making the head look even more like an exploding firework than other alliums. This variety carries the RHS 'Plant for Pollinators' (mark) logo and will make your garden a hive of activity with bees and other pollinators buzzing about. These bulbs will burst into flower in late spring to early summer, enjoying full sun and ready to catch everyone's eye. They can also be used for floral arrangements or dried for use as decoration.

£3.99 each of 3 for £10

Anemone Bordeaux

With deeply rich coloured blooms, this is a stunning early season flower. Once established, this charming garden plant will bloom annually, with buds emerging in mid-late spring from a clump of parsley-like leaves. The blooms are on single stems about 30cm high and are cup shaped, with rich burgundy petals surrounding a puff of black stamens. They thrive in a sheltered spot in the garden that gets full sun and the soil is baked in the summer. Try at the front of a bed or border, or in a pot on the patio for gorgeous early colour and cut a few to bring indoors.

£3.99 each or 3 for £10

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