February has arrived and with it a brand new collection of beautiful, bold plants that make up our Frosty days, bright blooms collection.
The common thyme is a relatively easy growing plant. It is drought tolerant and can tolerate partial shade, although more sun results in a stronger aroma. Cut back after flowering to encourage fresh new growth.
This common heath is a colourful, low maintenance plant that will provide some much-needed winter colour. They do prefer a full sun position and like most plants do not enjoy sitting in overly wet soil for too long. Cut back when blooms start to fade.
An evergreen conifer, native to North America. This plant can withstand the coldest temperatures the UK can throw at it! It is an upright, slow-growing conifer which is very easy to care for.
In the 1600s, tulips were the most expensive flower in the world. One flower was more valuable than most people's homes. Experts say that 'Tulip Mania' in the 1600s caused the first economic crash, likely due to the bubonic plague. Nowadays, Holland exports 3 billion bulbs each year.
This instantly recognisable woody perennial is used all over the world for a variety of things. Ensure it gets a sunny spot, adequate watering and shelter from the wind and it should provide blooms year after year. Make sure to snip off fading flowers to encourage more blooms.
These early flowering plants are amongst the first to produce blooms, as a result they generally finish flowering before everything else and can tolerate a shadier spot in summer. Over time your crocus will naturalise providing more flowers every year.
Known for attracting bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen-rich flowers and is a caterpillar food plant. It grows in sun and shade - easy peasy! Also emits a pleasant fragrance at night, but not during the day. It's also the state flower of Alaska, so you know it can cope with the cold!
Cyclamen give wonderful colour when there is not much colour to be seen and deadheading will help to ensure that they return. Do not overwater, as this can cause rotting. Technically a perennial, often treated as annual.
Also known as the English primrose the primula is one of the earliest plants to flower in spring time. Enjoy the burst of colour the primula provides at this time of year when most other plants have lost their colour.
The Gaultheria is sometimes known as the Checkberry plant. It's a sweet little evergreen shrub native of North America. The plant grows well in shady conditions that are relatively moist providing colourful winter berries (non-edible!) and leaves.