The Best Time For Planting

Plant out in the evening or late afternoon if you can conveniently arrange it, and water the plants overhead immediately after planting. They will then have time to settle in during the night, and will suffer less from the sun the following day.

Plant very firmly, pressing the soil well against the plant roots. More fatalities occur through loose planting than from any other cause.

And, by the way, whatever plants or bulbs you use for spring or summer bedding, do make a note of the name and variety. You may prefer not to use labels in the beds; if so, make a note in a garden note book. This is very important, not only because friends will ask you what the name of the variety is, but also because you yourself will be wondering, at the end of the season, whether you will be able to repeat your successes in the formal beds, or to avoid your failures, another season. The note book habit really is worth a little trouble to cultivate.

Annuals, Biennials, Bulbs And Bedding Plants

Here is a sowing table for annuals and biennials. This is followed by tables classifying the various types of bulbs and a full planting table for bulbs. Finally you will find a full classification of the various varieties of annuals and biennials.


Sow outside May to July. Transplant in autumn (or spring).


Sow half-hardy annuals under glass—January to April. Sow half-hardy annuals outside—May.

Sow hardy annuals outside—March to May, and September. Plant out annuals sown under glass at the end of April and May after hardening them off a few days prior to the planting out.


Suitable for Naturalizing in Grass

Suitable for Use in Wild Garden

Suitable for Use in Rock Garden

Suitable for the Waterside

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Iris

Suitable at different Seasons




  • Iris reticulata
  • Snowdrops
  • Iris stylosa
  • Winter Aconites

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