November Planting for Summer Harvesting
Embrace the tranquility of the final month of spring by immersing yourself in your garden and planting a variety of summer beauties. Whether it's bulbs, summer annuals, or herbs, your garden will flourish, rewarding you with exquisite flowers and flavourful herbs. Embrace the joy of change in your garden, cultivating fresh produce and vibrant flowers in exciting new colours. Your garden will thrive, and you'll be greeted by a burst of beauty and fragrance.
Bulbs are a perpetual gift, returning year after year with proper care, to bring forth their blooms. Whether you want to expand your collection or start one now, the time is ripe to embrace their enduring beauty.
The dahlia reigns supreme in the late summer and autumn garden. Plant these marvellous tubers now and anticipate spending your upcoming summer days admiring the distinctive beauty of terrace, pompons, decorative, border, dinner plate, top mix, and cactus varieties. Their diverse and vibrant appearances are sure to captivate the eye and bring excitement to your garden.
Dahlia tip: introduce dahlia to your vegetable garden as a companion flower that will be sure to attract buzzing bees.
Delight in the splendour of amaryllis blossoms within six weeks. Cultivate them today and witness their extraordinary flowers gracing your home and garden. Select from single or double varieties, or a delightful mix of both, to infuse your space with a glowing display.
Amaryllis tip: colour block your varieties for a super striking look in your garden.
Introduce the grace of tall, majestic gladioli to your garden, transforming your beds into a joyous haven. Their exquisite sword-shaped blooms will bring a touch of sophistication to your surroundings, standing proudly amidst other vibrant summer flowers in full bloom.
Glad tip: plant them amongst bushier plants as their foliage is sparse.
Soak in Summer With Annuals
Celebrate the fleeting beauty of summer with annuals, those transient symbols of transformation. These captivating blooms adorn our surroundings, adding a touch of elegance and joy to the warm, sunlit days.
Growing marigolds is a delightful and rewarding experience for gardeners of all levels. These vibrant flowers, known for their cheerful hues and pest-repellent properties, thrive in sunny spots with well-drained soil. Marigold seeds can be sown directly into the ground. With regular watering and occasional deadheading (removing faded blooms), marigolds bloom profusely throughout the growing season, adding a burst of colour to gardens, borders, and containers. These hardy flowers are not only visually appealing but also attract beneficial insects, making them a valuable addition to any garden ecosystem. Plus, their strong scent helps deter unwanted pests, making them a natural choice for organic gardeners.
Growing sunflowers is a joyful pursuit, promising a burst of sunshine in any garden. These majestic flowers, with their bright golden heads and towering stalks, thrive in full sunlight and well-drained soil. Plant sunflower seeds directly into the ground in the spring, ideally spaced apart to allow for their expansive growth. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry spells, to encourage robust development. As the sunflowers mature, they energetically track the sun's movement, a phenomenon known as heliotropism. In just a few months, you'll witness the stunning transformation of a small seed into a towering sunflower, a testament to nature's marvel. Besides their aesthetic appeal, sunflowers are also beneficial for the environment, attracting bees and providing seeds for birds, making them a favourite among both gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Growing coriander is a delightful endeavor for any gardening enthusiast. This aromatic herb, also known as cilantro, thrives in a sunny location with well-drained soil. It can be easily grown from seeds, which should be sown directly into the ground or pots, preferably spaced apart to allow proper growth. Regular watering is essential, keeping the soil consistently moist. Within a few weeks, tender green leaves start to emerge, ready to be harvested. Coriander's versatility in culinary dishes makes it a rewarding addition to any home garden, offering fresh and zesty flavours to a variety of cuisines. With just a little care and attention, you can enjoy the pleasure of harvesting your own delightful coriander leaves.
Basil with its rich aroma and versatility in the kitchen, thrives in warm, sunny locations with well-drained soil. Basil can be started from seeds or purchased as young plants from nurseries. Regular pruning, pinching off the flowering buds, encourages bushier growth and prolongs the plant's life. Adequate watering and well-drained soil are essential for a thriving basil plant. With minimal care, you'll have a constant supply of fresh basil leaves, perfect for adding a burst of flavour to various dishes, from pasta sauces to salads and pestos.
Cultivating parsley is a straightforward and rewarding experience for gardeners. This versatile herb, prized for its fresh, vibrant flavour, thrives in well-drained soil and partial to full sunlight. Parsley seeds can be sown directly into the ground or started indoors and then transplanted outside. Regular watering and occasional pruning help the plant flourish, ensuring a continuous harvest of crisp, green leaves. With its robust growth and ability to withstand cooler temperatures, parsley often graces gardens year-round, providing a constant supply for culinary delights. From garnishing dishes to enhancing flavours in soups and sauces, homegrown parsley adds a delightful touch to a variety of recipes.
Embracing the essence of simplicity, chives stand out as a beloved herb that demands little effort and provides great rewards. Whether you start with young plants or nurture them from seeds, these vibrant green wonders flourish in sun-kissed or gently shaded spaces, be it in your garden or within pots. All it takes is regular harvesting to indulge in a continuous bounty of fresh, aromatic leaves.
Your garden, adorned with these beauties, will become a haven of colours, fragrances, and culinary delights. Get growing now!