Plan ahead with garden expert Michael Perry

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I’ve had a great first few weeks at QVC, and really enjoyed my shows, and hope you have too…! I even got to appear with Richard J the other day, which was super fun!

My travel schedule has been crazy though, and anyone who’s keeping tabs on the QVC hub on the Plant Geek website will know. So, thinking ahead is essential for me. But, how much do you think ahead in YOUR garden..?

It can be easy to get caught up in the moment with our gardens, as we scuttle around trying to find plants to give instant impact, and paint our outdoor spaces with colour at that very moment.

However, I’m here to encourage you to think ahead with your garden, get to know the seasons, and make sure your summer looks amazing, BUT with a few things waiting backstage to make your autumn and spring equally as colourful. This month I’ll be telling you about a few autumn-flowering plants that you can reserve now, plus we will have a two minute tour of the world’s largest bulb garden in the world, and chat about the awesomeness – and ease – of spring colour!

So, by now you’ve probably got your summer garden all wrapped up; plugs growing on your windowsill, hanging baskets almost filled, weeds (hopefully) under control… but what happens when those summer plants fade..?

Most gardeners tend to take their foot off the pedal as it gets to late August. The summer bedding is probably still looking good, but it can be hard to think ahead to the autumn months. That’s where our Product of the Month comes in. Plants2Gardens have put together a very special blend of bedding and patio plants that enjoy cooler autumn temperatures, and will make sure your garden has that sparkle up until Christmas. Check it out here.

This hand blended autumn bedding collection comes in this season’s latest garden palette: Vintage Pastel. Plants selected are for growing in sun or dappled shade you’ll receive 20 each of Picotee Violas and a random mix from 20 Green and Blue Primroses. These smart bedding plants will look as good in bedding as they would in containers or rockeries. Pop them into any spaces around your outdoors!

So, now you’ve ensured your garden will be shining until the end of the year, what about when next spring comes along? Don’t you get jealous when you see those fantastic daffodil displays in the local parks and gardens, not to mention the luxurious look of tulips? I am positively salivating..!

You can have that too, but it’ll take a little bit of planning. Spring-flowering bulbs are hardy, and are planted into the ground during September and October. The best bit? They don’t need ANY mollycoddling whatsoever!

All the goodness is stored in the bulb you receive, as it has been built up from the year before. The only thing you need to do is plant it. They won’t even need watering until the following spring, and won’t be damaged by frosts. It really is a ‘plant and forget’ situation.

Choosing spring bulbs can be fun, why not browse the range at QVC here. Growers tend to offer the largest bulbs of their crop first, so make sure you’re at the front of the queue when they’re shared out!

I’ve just spent a few days at the wonderful Keukenhof in Holland, which is the world’s largest flower garden. Seven million bulbs make up this 32 hectare garden, which is only open for eight weeks each year! Preview new varieties, enjoy some creative mixtures, soak up the colour; you really get to see what bulbs can do!

See it for yourself right here, with my two-minute tour:

My personal favourites are mystical ‘pink’ Daffodils, multi-blooming Daffodils, the majestic Crown Imperial, the psychedelic Parrot Tulips, and the fragrant Peony Tulips

So, why not take on the challenge?! Remember, a garden is not just for summer…!

Michael

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