Our first seasonal outdoor plant box for 2022 is full of wonderful plants suitable to this cooler season. I can't think of a better way to start the new year than to be receiving a box full of outdoor plants, hand selected with love from our Lazy Flora experts!
I feel this month can be an invigorating time for gardeners, as we prepare our outdoor spaces to welcome and nurture the new growth that we will soon see nudging its way through the soil. Until then, this cheerful collection will bring some life back into your garden.
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This month's collection includes a lovely variety of rich evergreen foliage from the likes of Buxus sempervirens, the colourful, blowsy leaves of ornamental Brassica and constrasting silvery foliage of the Calocephalus brownii. We have also included the vibrant blooms of Cyclamen snowridge, Helleborus niger and Primula acaulis to brighten up your winter pots and borders. This collection provides a lovely mix of flowering plants and greenery that will add year-round colour and interest.
BRASSICA red and white
These plants are perfect for growing in the cooler weather. In fact, when grown in the summer, they tend to bolt and go to seed super fast, so now is great time to enjoy them! They prefer to grow in sunny spots without too much shade and in well drained soil which is kept consistently moist, but not soggy. Ensure they also have good air circulation to avoid any fungal diseases developing. These plants do not really require any fertiliser, in fact fertilising these plants can cause them to lose colour. Please note - these plants are for ornamental purposes only.
Buxus (or commonly known as 'box'), is a wonderful evergreen shrub, with glossy deep green leaves. During spring, it usually sends up small yellow flowers followed by pale green to brown fruits in summer. Box grows best in partial/full shade in well-drained soil. Avoid full sun or exposed, windy spots which can scorch the leaves. Feeding can be done in spring for plants in the ground, and monthly throughout spring/summer for container grown plants.
This gorgeous, ghostly white plant is a must-have for your winter planting scheme. It's a super hardy evergreen with a high tolerance to extreme environmental conditions, and it's silvery foliage will add a wonderful contrast when combined with other plants in your garden. It does best in well-drained soil in full sun or shade. They grow well in poor soil and do not require regular fertilising. They may require pruning to keep them vigorous and healthy. In late spring/summer you may be treated to some small, unsual blooms.
This variety of Cyclamen produces beautiful large flowers above marbled green foliage. The deep pink/purple blooms have a long flowering period and they also display a distinct white picotee (white margin) which adds a wonderful contrast to a winter garden. They will be happy in full sun or shaded areas, in well-drained soil. Keep soil moist but be mindful not to over-water. Cyclamens will flower through winter and into spring, they often go dormant during the summer but will retain their attractive marbled foliage until reblooming again in the following winter.
Also known as 'English primose' or 'common primose', the true arrival of spring is often welcomed by the vivid colours of these wonderful plants. They are really hardy and thrive in moist, almost boggy soil in dappled shade. They do well when grown in bog gardens or close to streams too. Primroses come in a variety of vibrant colours and will add a colourful charm to your late winter/early spring garden, when much of the garden is lacking in colour.
VINCA minor aureovariegata
A gorgeous, evergreen, trailing sub-shrub with glossy green leaves and eye-catching golden yellow variegations. It produces lovely lavender-blue flowers from mid-spring into summer and will be happy in most areas of the garden, providing the soil is moist but well-drained. It may flower best in sunny spots but will easily tolerate shade. It is a low maintenance plant and looks wonderful trailing or climbing in pots and containers, or as groundcover in the borders.
Often called 'Christmas Rose' or 'Black Hellebore', this is a beautiful winter blooming, evergreen perennial which flowers between January - March and is perfect for brightening up a shady garden. It produces large white blooms which are loved by bees due to their rich nectar and pollen content. This plant will be happiest in moist, well-drained soil in partial/full shade. Given the right conditions, these plants self-seed sufficiently after flowering, meaning your beautiful Hellebores will keep going and growing each year.
This plant is commonly known as 'snakes head fritillary' and is a RHS award-winning plant with stunning, bell-shaped blooms which appear in spring and display a pattern similar to snakes skin. The bulb should be planted at 4 times its own depth in fertile, well-drained soil. These plants will grow well in the borders, raised beds or containers, and will be happiest in full sun or partial shade. If growing in pots, ensure the compost is kept well-watered and does not dry out.
IRIS reticulata Harmony
This is a beautiful dwarf Iris with vibrant blue fragrant flowers and long slender foliage. They bloom in late winter to early spring and grow best in full sun to partial shade, in well-drained soil. These bulbs work particularly well when grown in pots and containers, as well as in the front of borders or planted under trees and shrubs. They are not super thirsty plants so go easy on the watering, keep the soil just moist but never soggy. They are cold hardy and naturalise easily in the garden, multiplying rapidly year on year. Best planted approximately 4 inches deep, 2-3 inches apart.
A selection of these beautiful plants will be included in all our seasonal outdoor plant subscription boxes throughout January 2022. If you love them as much as we do, you can explore our outdoor subscriptions here.