Fancy adding a touch of colour and plant life to your climbing frames or garden in May? We have found some ideal plants that thrive during the late spring/early summer months to ensure your garden will be looking beautifully bright over the summer! We have also added in planting tips and techniques to ensure your getting the most out of your flowers.
You can grow petunias from seeds, but it is easier to grow them from transplants. If you are going to grow from seeds, start them indoors 10 to 12 weeks before you want to set them outside. Petunia seeds are very small and needs lots of light in order to germinate. Remember to water them. When the plants have three leaves, you can plant them outside.
Petunias are tolerant of heat so you don’t have to water them regularly. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient. The spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering though.
For dependable blooms, lilies need six to eight hours of sunshine a day, yet they prosper in the presence of other low plants that protect their roots from drying out. Water trapped beneath the scales may rot the bulb, so a well-drained site is essential. Most of the popular varieties prefer acidic to neutral soil, but some are lime-tolerant or prefer alkaline soils (e.g., Madonna lilies).
In active growth, water freely and apply a high-potash liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks.
Keep moist in winter. Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch. Water plants in the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
Plant phlox in the spring and space the plants 1 to 2 feet apart. If you are moving a plant from a pot, dig a hole about twice the size of the pot’s diameter and place the plant so that the top of the root ball is even with the soil’s surface. Fill in around the root ball and remember to water it thoroughly.
If you receive less than 1 inch of rain a week, remember to regularly water your plants throughout the summer.