Grow everlasting love this Valentine by giving your loved one seeds or plants of cut and come again blooms for the garden.
Buy your loved on a new border this Valentines Day. Heart-shaped borders will be a constat reminder of your undying love. Alternatively you could share the joy of growing by giving a collection of both your favourite seeds.
To create a summer border filled with flowers that can be cut for the vase, aim for a mixture of summer bulbs and perennials like phlox, alchemilla, verbena, monarda and pinks. Check out what plants the florists’ are putting together in their bouquets for inspiration.
Add plants like Giant Zinnias, which have long stalks that are ideal for arranging in tall flower vases. Always cut the stems low and check for insects hiding in the flower, on the stem and under the leaves. Bring them indoors and place in water immediately.
Old-fashioned varieties of sweet pea offer vibrant colours and intense fragrance whilst many modern cultivars are come in almost every colour except yellow.
Bags of summer bulbs will just be as well received as any flowers seeds and especially gladioli, which produce tall spikes that make an impressive bouquet and bold statement in the vase as well as in the garden.
Dahlia tubers will without much effort will produce masses of blooms that make great cut flowers. The blooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be selected with a shape, colour and flower size to suit your individual decorating style. If you remove the some of the flower buds you will create a few single, gigantic blooms instead of armfuls.
If all this sounds like too much effort, then why not buy a plant for the garden? Roses are the obvious choice buy if you scour the garden centre sales beds you might find something with a more appropriate name.
Lily of the Valley flowers are supposed to cheer the heart and will bring the return of happiness to anyone who’s relationship is on the rocks. They are easy to grow and especially if you buy bulbs ready potted and in bud now and plant them in a lightly shaded part of the garden.