What flowers to plant in May?
John, Passionate gardener, Cambridge42 guides
- 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!
To cover unattractive walls, balcony rails, trellises or fences, nothing beats a good climbing plant. There's no end of possibilities:
- climbing nasturtia
- cobaea scandens
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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John, Passionate gardener, Cambridge 42 guides écrits
At the request of various publishers I have, over twenty-five years, written many books on the subject of plants and mushrooms (a subject that is close to my heart).They were mostly identification guides at first, but shortly after they were about gardening, thus renewing the first passion of my childhood.
I have also regularly collaborated with several magazines specializing in the field of gardening or more generally in nature. There is no gardener without a garden, I have cultivated mine in a small corner of Cambridge for the last thirty years and this is where I put into practice the methods of cultivation that will I advise you in as well.