Planning tips for a flowery start to the season

Garden Life
Admittedly, it isn’t possible to do much in the garden at this time. But this gives you time to prepare for the coming gardening season. In fact, it is the ideal opportunity to replan the garden or the green areas for the balcony and the patio.
Plant and seed catalogues have already been advertising for new customers, and the first primulas are appearing in the garden centres. At the latest now we feel the urge to dress our balconies and gardens in their spring vestments. However, we would like to use the winter rest period again, and find ideas for our shopping list.
We have compiled a list containing a few of these ambassadors of spring to give you some colourful incentives in spring design. Think of the bulbs and tubers which you may already have planted into pots in autumn, and of your perennial shrubs and bushes still in their winter quarters. Use this time to discover a few new plants and shrubs which are sure to delight you over the coming garden year.

Shopping tip for spring

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
Blue asterisk (Scilla bifolia)
Early crocus (Crocus tommasinianus)

Tulip (Tulipa)
Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)
Globeflower (Trollius)
Pansy (Viola-Wittrockiana-hybrid)
Early crocus (Crocus tommasinianus)

Biennials (gap fillers)

Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Daisy, Bellis
Tufted pansy (Cornuta)

Perennial shrubs and bushes

Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Elephant’s ears (Bergenia hybrids)
Dogwood (Philadelphus varieties)
Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)
Forsythia (Forsythia)
Quince (Chaenomeles)
Weeping willow (Sali caprea ‘Pendula’)
Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Ornamental cherry

Herbs in spring

Lemon thyme

Look forward to the colourful ambassadors of spring. The flowers of these plants reach their peak all too quickly, and already we have to prepare for summer.