Having a beautiful garden full of luscious blooms is hard work—but one expert has revealed the top picks that require little effort.
Among them, the team suggested, perhaps surprisingly, chives.
“While chives may not seem like a plant for pretty flowers, this tasty herb produces gorgeous pink blooms.
“Plant your chives in a pot and keep them in a spot with minimal shade or direct sunlight.
“Sow seeds thinly from March and you can expect an abundance of blooms through late spring,” the experts said.
“Chives need warmth to germinate, at least 20 degrees Celsius, so it’s best to first keep them on a light windowsill or greenhouse before bringing them into your garden.
“Once they’ve started growing, they’re incredibly easy to care for and regular trimming will ensure they produce more and more leaves.
According to gardening experts, chives reach their full height about six to nine months after planting.
“As an added bonus, chives are perennial, which means you can enjoy these plants year after year.”
Another flower recommended by The Greenhouse People was dahlias, known for their beautiful colors and lush blooms.
Dahlias can bloom for a long time, making them the perfect flower to brighten up the garden all summer long.
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“Depending on their size, dahlias thrive best in different places.
“For larger dahlia species, consider planting them in a bed, with stakes for support, while smaller dahlias thrive in containers.
“In any case, a warm, sheltered place is ideal,” explains the team.
“To sow seeds, they must be kept in a greenhouse until they are big enough to transplant outside.
“Alternatively, dormant tubers or root cuttings can be planted from early to late spring.”
Lupinus, commonly known as lupins, are large flowers often found in traditional English flower gardens.
With a range of colors from soft pink to bright red, avid gardeners can find one to suit their garden.
The Greenhouse People said: “The easiest way to grow lupins is to take cuttings and plant them in spring, with the flowers blooming from May to July.
They also reminded you to top off lupins as soon as the flowers have faded – this simple trick means you’ll be rewarded with fresh flowers later.
“Lupins thrive in a sunny spot with moist but well-drained soil.
“They see themselves and are perennial so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.”
Instantly recognized by their sweet, signature scent, lilies are also the perfect way to add a pop of color to the garden.
From classic white to stunning pink, lilies can be planted as bulbs from late autumn to early April and do best in a sheltered but sunny spot.
The experts added: “Lilies love slightly acidic soil with a pH of at least six, so it’s best to plant them in soil with peat manure and ensure the bulbs have at least 12cm of soil above them.
“You also need to support tall lilies with a support pole to keep the stems from drooping.
“Once the plants start flowering, give the tomatoes fertilizer every few weeks to keep them performing well the following year.”
Just like lilies, peonies are another type of flower that can be planted in March or April.
It is important to remember that before planting the bulbs, the flower bed should be prepared with fertilizer.
The Greenhouse People added: “Make sure your peonies are not planted too deep and avoid overwatering as this is a common cause of failure.
Because these plants are top-heavy, the experts explained, gardeners should make sure they are “properly supported so they don’t break.”
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