Winter gardening - what to plant to get colour?
I love flowers but have very limited gardening knowledge beyond watching my dad as a child. I now live in Belgium, in a house with a small garden, domianted by a large magnolia tree. Was away for 3 weeks over christmas and have come back to find my Magnolia full of buds, and lavender (in a large pot) apparently growing ferociously! Given that there's been a lot of snow here, I wondered if this is this normal, or have I just got some particularly hardy varieties? Should I do anything to the lavender (pruned the dead wood in November) to ensure it will flourish this year?
The Magnolia is a mature tree, which has flowered twice each year since I moved here - around late march and mid-september. Everything else (in pots - fuchsia, roses, margarita daisies, azaleas) seems to have died, so I'd welcome suggestions for some colour to plant into terracotta pots- Cant wait for the autumn planted bulbs to surface! Thanks in anticipation
- 8 Jan, 2011