SPRING IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

Spring in the garden is such a beautiful time of year and I have compiled a list of some of my favourites.....

I had such a hard time trying to decide what would make my list and would have included countless more.....that's the trouble when you love so many flowers.

Lets start with the stunning ballerina like Fuchsia....

You can plant her (she is a ballerina) in the ground or in a hanging basket..... try keeping her out of the blasting westerly sun and make sure you keep the water up in the hotter months. A courtyard area would be perfect where you can enjoy a cuppa and admire her beauty.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

Nasturtiums....come in a variety of colours.

They are edible and will also self seed. You might see them pop up in the most unexpected of places, I love it when nature takes over the planting in the garden. Use the flowers and peppery leaves in your summer salads.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

ANY BLOSSOMING TREE.....I love them all.

The pic on the right is the crab apple we planted when bare rooted..... you can imagine my excitement when the blossoms appeared.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

The Spiraea or the double flowering May Bush.... Spiraea in Greek meaning wreath.

I have planted this shrub right outside our kitchen window, where I can admire the white pom pom flowers. You can also use this plant as a hedge but I will be letting this one do "it's thing".... allowing it to gracefully send it's arching branches out to the ground. Try and protect from frost and hot afternoon sun. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

Magnolias....

Elegant and just breathtaking. We have the Stellata (pic above) is being coaxed back to life with some feeding and pruning.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

Freesias....a not too precious bulb

How many times while driving, have I pulled over the side of the road, just to pick some wild Freesias. Revelling in their sweet scent all the way home. 

What does the scent remind you of?

Freesias will happily naturalise in your garden but they must have good drainage. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

Bacupa a great annual which can be used in pots or in the garden.

Another annual is the Iberis or the one pictured above is the white candy tuft variety. Give them a dead head when finished flowering and you will get another flush of flowers.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

Salvias will reward you right throughout the warmer months with an abundance of flowers.

Perfect for cottage gardens!

I fell in love with the deep purply blue of this variety called "Mystic Blue Spires" just magical. I have planted a couple of climbing red roses nearby and can't wait to see them flowering together.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

I tossed up between the Rhododendron or the Azalea but since they are from the same family...

Rhododendron won

Their flowers are called trusses and are just spectacular when in flower. They do prefer a cooler climate, so if you want to get up nice and close to one, try and visit the many Spring open gardens in the Southern Highlands and Blue Mountains areas. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

And what garden doesn't have some Lavender growing somewhere.

You can grow them in a pot, preferably terracotta so they can dry out quickly.

I prefer the Italian Lavender, this one is called "Avonview". It will flower right through till Autumn, just make sure you give them a trim to keep promoting subsequent flushes.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SPRING FLOWERS

I saved my favourite till last.....

Stachyurus Praecox

What a mouthful...You can thank the Greeks for the name. Stachy meaning spike and urus or oura meaning tail. Spiky tail.....

This shrub was in a friends garden and now I will be on a mission to get one for our garden.

The pendulous pearl like chains of flowers are so unusual and guaranteed to be a talking point in the garden. They do need some room and get to about 4 to 5 metres when fully mature. You can prune them quite hard.

 I can just picture this shrub against a dark painted wall to set off the dramatic flowers.

What are some of your favourite Spring time flowers?

Any pics from your Spring garden/balcony/pots that you would like to show?