The Definitive Guide For Colourful Gardens All Year Round

You can have a colourful garden with flowers blooming all year round – just use our simple guide!

Knowing what to plant, when to plant it and where it grows best can be a tricky business. But if you want a colourful garden for every season, all you really need to get dug in are the flowering times. So we’ve created this infographic as a handy visual guide for when flowers bloom. Simply pick the plants for each season that will suit the conditions best in your garden. Then you’ll be sure to have luscious planting whichever time of year!

When Flowers Bloom Infographic

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GeoffGeoff works within the Primrose marketing team, primarily on anything related to graphics and design.

He loves to keep up with the latest in music, film and technology whilst also creating his own original art and his ideal afternoon would be lounging in a sunny garden surrounded by good food, drink and company provided there is a football nearby.

While not an expert, his previous job involved landscaping so he’s got some limited experience when gardening.

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How to Repot Your Plants: 3 Simple Steps

There comes a time when most plants will outgrow their pots. You may notice the flowers beginning to wilt or roots poking through the bottom of the pot. This means it’s time for the plant to move.

Here are three easy steps to repot your plant, along with a few pictures from our own attempts with the office plants at Primrose!

1. Prepare the new pot
When you know your plant is ready for a bigger home, make sure it’s well watered – this will help to ease it out. Choose a new pot that’s bigger than the old one. Line the bottom of the pot with a layer of compost and dampen it with some water.

Plant For Repotting

The roots are showing so this plant’s ready to go!

2. Take the plant out
This can be the tricky bit. You have to be careful not to damage the plant, so try to keep your palm placed over the soil with your fingers round the stem as you ease the plant from the pot. Give the pot a tap on a table or step to dislodge the roots. You may even need to break the pot away if they’re really stuck!

Taking Plant Out

And after a little work, the plant should just slide out.

3. Put the plant in its new pot
If the roots are especially compressed, you may need to work them out a bit – just use your fingers to loosen them up. Then place the plant into the new pot. It should fit in easily, with some free space around. Add a bit more compost to fill the gaps and give it all a good water.

Plant In New Pot

All settled in its new home!

So that’s it – 3 simple steps and your plant is repotted!

We particularly recommend our Miracle-Gro compost – you’ll only need a little because it expands up to 3 times with water. If you’re looking for plant pots we have a great range, starting from just 99p! And of course, if it’s plants you’re after, we’ve got you covered.

For more, visit primrose.co.uk.

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

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Our Hazel Hurdles on ITV’s Love Your Garden

Love Your Garden Hazel Hurdles

Last night’s episode of Love Your Garden featured the most ambitious transformation by Alan Titchmarsh and his team yet. They were in Dorset to help young couple Rachel and Andy, who had been struggling with the news of Andy’s terminal cancer. Determined to make the most of their time left together, they wanted to be able to enjoy the garden they’d been unable to work on.

The Love Your Garden team rose to the challenge and created an incredible space for the whole family to play and relax in. They built tunnels and a log tractor for Lucas, the couple’s son, alongside a wooden bar, swinging daybed, and a seating area with a fire globe.

 

To round off the frontier style garden, Alan bordered it with our Papillon hazel hurdles. The hurdles are handwoven from durable hazel wood using sustainable sources. These enhanced the rustic aesthetic and were the ideal, natural-looking fencing the team were searching for.

Watch the full episode to see the finished garden!

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

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Pictures of the Week: Brilliant Blooms

This week’s theme is Brilliant Blooms; we are going back to basics and focusing on the pure beauty of flowers. We have been loving your photos on Primrose Gardens and all the hard work you put into making them look spectacular, what could complete a  garden more than flowers in full bloom?

From the bright and friendly to the unusual and peculiar, here are this week’s flourishing flowers:

This beautiful Gazania is growing blooming marvelously in Summer Gardens

This beautiful gazania is growing marvellously in Summer Gardens

Nancy's Garden said that this Cacli only bloomed for one day - we are very happy that she caught it on camera.

Nancy’s Garden said that this cactus only bloomed for one day – we are extremely happy that she caught it on camera for us.

We love the unusual colouring of these Lilies in Potty's Garden.

We love the unusual colouring of these lilies in Potty’s Garden.

Madingley Gardens posts wonderful close-ups of flowers but these Lilies where a particular favourite of ours.

Every week Madingley Gardens posts wonderful close-ups of flowers in his garden, but these lilies are a particular favourite of ours.

 Dewy Dianthus-raspberry parfait in Junie's Garden.

Dewy Dianthus-raspberry parfait in Junie’s Garden.

Primrose Gardens allows you to create a beautiful pictorial record of your garden where you can show off your garden to family and friends to enjoy over the years. It’s also a community of garden enthusiasts and the perfect space to discuss tips and tricks, as well as getting plants identified!

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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Stylish Shade as seen on Love Your Garden

Primrose Awning on Love your Garden

Enid and Robbie’s story on ITV’s Love your Garden last night was special. Having been close friends since 1945, they now live together and care for each other. Robbie’s deteriorating eyesight meant that she was unable to even go in their garden and, over time, the weeds took hold. As she’s also suffering from a type of skin cancer, it’s important that any design will have to include a lot of shaded space.

“I want to give them a garden that they can really enjoy together.”

Love your Garden planThe garden was carefully planned to minimise maintenance. The team fixed a dangerous slope and created a lawn-free space.

“It’s got that seaside feel to it.”

The idea of a fragrant flowerbed by the patio filled with chocolate, strawberry, and aniseed scented flowers was inspiring and definitely worth keeping in mind when planning to change a section in the garden. It’s not always just the looks that matter!

Primrose Awning on Love your Garden 2We were honoured to have been chosen to provide one of our half cassette awnings to help shade Robbie from the sun whilst still being able to enjoy her garden from the comfortable furniture set.

As it is electrically operated, it means that Enid can very easily open and close it. Plus the fabric blocks over 98% of harmful UV rays which is ideal for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions.

Sit down and relax!

You can see the full episode here.

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

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3 Design Tips for Lighting Small Gardens

The general rule is you have a small garden if the area is smaller than the footprint of your house. I myself have a small garden; this can be great as it is much easier to maintain and doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of it. When planning the overall design there are a few things to take into consideration, especially if space is tight.

Light is so important and it can make the biggest difference to a smaller garden. Find out where your natural light source is and watch the way the sun moves across your garden. You should see where your shady spaces are and where you can get the most sun and work with these factors to create a warm, open and enjoyable garden.

Planting

Trees can make small gardens shady and cold. That’s not to say that you can’t plant them, as trees are great for creating boundaries and privacy, but the best place for them is in the corners of the gardens or along the back fence. This leaves the midsection and the section closest to the house open to more sunlight.

If you are picking trees for a smaller plot I would suggest an Acer or Sycamore as they allow more light through their leaves. They create a dappled shade rather than blocking out the sun completely, this leaves the garden feeling roomier.

Outdoor Lights

If your back garden doesn’t get much natural light you can create your own. Outdoor lights are a great way to illuminate your garden. Popular options are border lights; they stick into the ground and best used to mark a path or a flower bed. These are fantastic for framing a particular area of the garden.

I myself am particularly fond of adding a little sparkle to my trees. Outdoor fairy lights are a great choice if you want to give your garden a magical feel; they are especially beautiful just around dusk.

 

Garden Mirrors

My last tip for creating light in a smaller garden is great for two reasons. Adding mirrors to a garden is a great way to create the illusion of more space and to reflect the light you do get. Placing mirrors strategically can help reflect the light even into the darkest corners. Find where your natural light source hits and place a mirror in that area. Or place one near your border or tree lights and watch as the light they give multiplies.

Keep an eye out for more top tips for smaller gardens coming your way.

 

 

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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Primrose Gardens Top Garden – Winners!

We have loved seeing you vote for your favourite gardens. Thank you to everyone who participated and not to worry if you missed out this time, there will be more chances to win in the future so keep a lookout.

Now here is what you have all been waiting for, we are pleased to announce the winner of our Primrose Gardens Top Garden as voted by you is:

Teddie’s Garden Well done for taking the top spot!

And our two runners up are:

 

Congratulations Contained Contentment!

Congratulations Contained Contentment!

Well done Lyndhurst!

Well done Lyndhurst!

Teddie’s Garden has won a £25 voucher to spend at primrose.co.uk and the runners up will both receive £5 vouchers. Thanks again to everyone who entered and we can’t wait to see who will take the Top Garden title next time!

Primrose Gardens allows you to create a beautiful pictorial record of your garden where you can show off your garden to family and friends to enjoy over the years. It’s also a community of garden enthusiasts and the perfect space to discuss tips and tricks, as well as getting plants identified!

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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Pictures of the Week: Gardening with Cats

Last week we showed you our favourite pups, this week we are giving it up to the cats of Primrose Gardens.  From slinky siamese to puffed up persians we love seeing your feline friends relaxing and observing all the hard work you put into your gardens.

Our ‘purrfect’ selection of kitties for your viewing pleasure:

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George the Cat enjoying MandyCanUDigIt’s garden (when he’s not napping)

Missy enjoys a drink from Kinloch's Watering-can.

Missy enjoys a drink from Kinloch’s watering can.

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The Right Honourable Lord Phineus Twizzleton and The Lady Dowager exercising their royal privileges in Haven’s Garden.

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Flora has worked out a new tactic to attract birds to her in Kingston’s garden.

Primrose Gardens allows you to create a beautiful pictorial record of your garden where you can show off your garden to family and friends to enjoy over the years. It’s also a community of garden enthusiasts and the perfect space to discuss tips and tricks, as well as getting plants identified!

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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How to Clean Copper – The Natural Way

From that small copper planter right up to the water feature you bought last summer, is your copper starting to look a little dull?

Here is the natural and easy way to polish up copper. This method uses only two ingredients. Both are nontoxic and can be found at almost any supermarket.

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     What you will need:

       1 lemon

       1 tablespoon of salt

 

 

Step 1: Cut lemon in half.

Step 2: Take ½ tablespoon of salt and pour it onto one half of the lemon. Pour onto the side that has been cut.

Step 3: Rub the lemon salt mix onto the copper that needs to be polished. I like to hold the lemon by the rind and scrub in circular motions but this is entirely up to you.  Coat the entirety of the chosen copper item.

Step 4: Take a non-abrasive cloth and buffer. This part requires elbow grease but shouldn’t be too hard. Work away at the grime until you start to see some shine coming though.

Step 5: Add more lemon and salt as needed, some areas will need more work than others.

Step 6: Rinse with clean water to remove the lemon and salt residue.

This method can be used on most fine metals in the garden and because you are not using nasty chemicals it will avoid harming any pets, children or wildlife that may visit. So give the metal in your garden a spruce up with this handy trick.

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Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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Pictures of the Week: Dogs in the Garden

We are bringing you a selection of the pictures we love the most as posted by you on Primrose Gardens. This week we saw how many of you have fluffy, fuzzy bundles of fun to help you out in the garden so we have picked a few of our personal favourites that have been posted on the site so far.

So if you’ve been having a ‘ruff’ day take a look at some of the photos we really dig:

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Teddie showing off his beautiful garden furniture.

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Sophie’s enjoying her new garden.

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Mya and Chester enjoying the afternoon sun in Leadhall’s garden.

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Love Gardens‘ pups are seeking some cooling shade.

Boz in his Garden enjoying the summer sun.

Boz in his garden enjoying the summer sun.

Alf posing by his new pond in Church Road's Garden.

Alf posing by his new pond in Church Road’s garden.

Primrose Gardens allows you to create a beautiful pictorial record of your garden where you can show off your garden to family and friends to enjoy over the years. It’s also a community of garden enthusiasts and the perfect space to discuss tips and tricks, as well as getting plants identified!

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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