What flowers to plant in May?
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- Bedding plants
- Patio and balcony
- Pots and planters
- Hedge plants
Colourful beds in time for summer
It's not too late to plant flowers from seed and enjoy their flowering through the summer. May is a particularly important month in cooler regions, high altitudes or areas with a later spring, where the cool temperatures earlier in the season put off sowing. Beautifully flowering ornamental gardens aren't confined to balmy southern Europe!
Indoor plants in May
First of all, there's no absolute category of 'indoor plants' that may never leave the confines of the house.
Pond plants in May
Garden ponds also 'spring' back into life around this time of year. Plant out water plants sold in containers, such as water lilies, horsetails, pickerelweed…
Pots, balconies and patios
Most of the annual, perennial, climbing and bulb-grown flowers discussed above can be grown effectively in pots or planters. In direct sunlight you can put in ivy-geraniums, petunias, Mexican marigolds, zinnias, ornamental tobacco, and summer-flowering bulbs: dwarf dahlias, frees ias, crocosmia, polyanthus, etc.
Floral hedges for summer
May is a good time for planting hedges made up of flowering shrubs that will flood your garden with flowers from summer onwards. However, don't forget to water them regularly in the first year and mulch with grass clippings, leaves, ferns or compost to retain moisture.
- Mexican orange blossom (choisya)
- Afghan sage (perovskia)
- summersweet (clethra alnifolia)
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