The beginning of this week brought us the start of Spring (although, due to the weather, that is questionable), which means flowers and plants begin to spring up and add some colour to your garden which may have looked a little too brown over the past few months. However, we weren’t necessarily all organised enough to have planted the bulbs for these plants in autumn, which means some gardens could be looking a little lack-lustre. You needn’t worry, though, whatever your reason for not having pre-planted your bulbs, you don’t have to miss out on the beauty of flowers in Spring. Here are some tips on how to cheat the spring bulb look, and to give off the impression that you had pre-planned your garden.
Buy Display-Ready Flowers
Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and plenty of other flower varieties are currently filling the shelves of all garden centres, ready for you to re-pot yourself and enjoy a colourful garden, without any of the preparation or months of waiting. What’s even better is that these display-ready flowers are often perfect because they have been grown by people who know exactly what they’re doing- perfect!
Fill Your Pots!
Unless you are a very keen, and talented gardener (which probably means you would have planted your own bulbs), perfectly arranged plant pots may look a little suspicious. This means that you have the perfect excuse to be a little messy. Fill your plant pots as much as you can, to give the impression that you planted your bulbs in autumn without realising how much space each plant would take up.
Be (A Little) Prepared
If you have guests coming over to spend time in the garden, you should try to prepare these plant pots around three days before. This means that your plants will have the chance to adjust to their space and ‘relax’ into place, looking a little more natural.
Daffodils are the perfect flowers for Easter, so why not use them to create a pot for this Easter weekend? They look great when accompanied by hyacinths, but make sure that you plant them in amongst each other so that it looks like the bulbs they grew together, rather than in two separate clumps. Daffodils and hyacinths make a great Easter pot because the foliage is great for hiding little eggs for hunts for the children.
Nothing beats the beauty of powder-blue flowers in the Spring sunshine. Russian snowdrops and grape hyacinths create the perfect mixture of blue tones that look great when grown next to each other. The pair will look best in a straight-sided plant pot which should be filled as much as possible to create the feeling of texture and depth. The great thing about this type of pot is that it can be brought inside for a short amount of time if the unreliable British weather takes a turn for the worst, meaning that you can still enjoy its beauty.
Providing that you follow these tips, you might just be able to get away with pretending that you were prepared for Spring and pre-planted bulbs in Autumn!