February is the month of small, yet wonderful things in the garden and in our seasonal outdoor plant subscription boxes. Plants such as Galanthus (snowdrops), Narcissus (daffodils), and Primulas (primroses) which will soon be gracing us with their beauty. In our February collection, we have included some fabulous plants which will thrive in the current conditions, and add some cheer to your pots and borders before the explosion of spring.
Some of our favourites this month include Primula 'Touch Me' with its soft, vintage-tones and Primula 'Little Queen' putting on a colourful display with its vibrant, rosette flowers. Puschkinia scilloides which has the most gorgeous pale blue blooms with delicate stripes, Anemone blanda which blooms profusely, displaying daisy-shaped flowers in a deep violet/blue, and Eranthis hyemalis which produces the most cheerful, golden yellow cup-shaped flowers to brighten up your garden.
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All our seasonal outdoor plant boxes will include a selection of the following beautiful plants:
ANEMONE blanda 'Blue Shades'
An easy to grow bulb which will thrive in rich, well-drained soil, in full sun to part shade. Soak tubers in water overnight before planting and plant the tubers fairly close together if using as ground-cover. Keep sheltered from the wind and keep the soil moist throughout the growing season. These beautiful plants will naturalise over the years by both tuberous rhizomes as well as via self-seeding. After flowering, your plant will go dormant. Foliage can be cut back after it wilts and turns yellow.
Chamaecyparis or commonly known as cypress or false-cypress, is an evergreen conifer grown as an ornamental shrub. These wonderful plants provide year-round structure and vertical interest to your garden landscape. They work particularly well as hedges and are easy to grow and care for. They prefer full sun in moist, well-drained soil. They are cold hardy and require little maintenance (you may want to trim from late spring - early autumn, just don't cut into older wood).
A lovely bulb which produces golden yellow, cup-shaped blooms. Prefers full sun when in bloom but will tolerate part shade too. Keep soil moist during growing season and ensure soil is free-draining. Soak tubers overnight before planting and plant 2-3 inches deep, approx. 3 inches apart. These bulbs will likely self-seed and naturalise over time if given the right conditions. They work well planted under trees and shrubs, at the front of borders, along pathways, in rock gardens and in pots and containers.
This Cyclamen is a smaller compact variety which produces beautiful flowers in shades of purple or white. The blooms have a long flowering period and add a wonderful vibrancy to a winter garden. They will be happy in full sun or shaded areas, in well-drained soil. They work particularly well grown under trees and shrubs. 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 foliage until reblooming again the following winter.
PRIMULA obconica 'Touch Me'
A cheerful winter bloomer in delicate soft tones with a vintage-feel. Their flowers will definitely give you a spring feeling and add a soft pop of colour to your pots and borders. Like other primroses, these are cold hardy and adaptable plants and do well in slightly shaded areas in well-drained soil. They work well in pots and containers as well as in the front of borders or near the base of trees and shrubs.
Commonly known as 'snowdrops' these little gems are one of the first spring flowers to bloom and add several weeks of beauty to the winter garden. They prefer partial shade to full sun and will grow in a variety of soil types. They are super low maintenance and once planted, do not require much care. They grow particularly well under deciduous trees where in spring they receive full sun and gradually receive more shade as the trees leaf out. Plant bulbs in groups 2-3 inches deep. They will produce offsets over time and also naturalise via self-seeding.
NARCISSUS Tete a Tete
This mini-daffodil is a prolific bloomer with fragrant, buttercup yellow flowers which bloom in early spring. These bulbs grow best in full sun to part shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Plant bulbs approx. 3-6 inches deep, 4-10 inches apart. Spacing may feel sparse in early years, but will fill over time. Leave foliage until it has turned yellow and wilted before cutting back. These plants work well in the front of borders, near trees and shrubs, in rock gardens or wild gardens, as well as in pots and window boxes.
Fatsia japonica is a stunning, glossy leaved evergreen shrub which has a beautiful tropical look to it. It is happy in shaded areas (it has a tolerance to heavy shade) and cooler temperatures, away from direct sunlight. In late autumn, this plant produces creamy flowers which later turn to berries. However, if you choose to grow your Fatsia as a houseplant, you may find it does not flower indoors. Water moderately once the top few inches of soil are dry.
PRIMULA veris 'Little Queen Red'
A semi-evergreen to evergreen perennial flowering plant which produces sweet little flowers in shades of red to maroon with yellow centres and margins. These small but hardy plants bloom in spring and grow best in full sun to part shade, in evenly moist, fertile soil that is well-drained. Like other primroses, they work well in pots and containers as well as in the front of borders or near the base of trees and shrubs.
A lovely little bulb which thrives in well-drained, gritty or sandy soils and grows well in sunny or more shaded areas. These plants bloom in late winter to early spring, producing white fragrant flowers with stripes of blue. These bulbs work well in woodland areas, rock gardens, along walkways, meadows and at the base of trees and shrubs. Plant your bulbs 2-3 inches deep and approx. 3 inches apart. Once flowering has finished, allow the foliage to wilt and turn yellow before cutting back.
Hedera minicoup is an ornamental vine and variety of ivy which has finer, more structural leaves. It works particularly well in pots and containers, window boxes and hanging baskets, where it can be left to trail down the sides of the pot. Like most ivy, it is pretty hardy and will grow in most soil types, in sunny locations or more shaded areas of the garden. Ivies generally do not like wet soil, so be careful not to overwater, and wait until the top inch or so is dry before next watering.
These plants will be included in our seasonal outdoor plant subscription boxes all through February 2022. Explore our outdoor subscription options here.