10 Things You Didn’t Know About Roses

“If you love a rose, you have to love its thorns too.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

Roses possess an ancient history from fossilised findings millions of years old, to references 7000 years ago. Noted by Shakespeare and collected by Empress Josephine, a rose should be reliably by your side in any garden. Romantic and very English, although their origins lie in Asia, they provide years of pleasure, whether in the form of rose bushes or climbing rose plants entwined up walls.

Loved all over the world for their fragrance and beauty and its symbolic representation of love and romance. However, we think we might know this infamous floral but there’s much more than meets the eye. That’s why we’ve put together 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Roses!

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Roses

1. An Extended Family

There are around 100 varieties of roses, that differ in colour, scent and shape!

2. The History of Roses

Roses are the oldest variety of plant on the planet. Ancient Romans cultivated the flowers to decorate buildings and furniture, and even laid rose petal carpets.

3. The Language of Roses

The language of roses and other flowers, floriography, has been used in many parts of the world. It has been used for thousands of years but only really took off here during Victorian times. Therefore, the colour of a rose signifies its meaning. Red signifies ‘love’, peach ‘modesty’, pinks ‘grace’ and yellow signifies ‘joyfulness’.

4. That’s one expensive rose…

In 2006 David Austin sold his Juliet Rose for a staggering $15.8 million (c. £10 million). After harvesting it for as long as 15 years!

5. They’ve even turned blue!

For years, breeders tried to genetically manipulate different species and colours of roses to create a blue one. In 2004, the world got its first blue rose.

6. Roses are edible!

Roses may look pretty in a vase but, their petals are edible too! They are very popular for their uses in rose water which is then often added to jellies or jams!

7. War of the Roses

War of Roses was named after roses were used to symbolise the side in which people supported or were fighting for. White roses symbolised Yorkshire and the red rose symbolised Lancaster.

8. The tallest rose!

The tallest rose bush ever recorded stood at an incredible 23 feet tall.

9. Hidden meanings

If your bunch of roses has open flowers this symbolises a love that’s already blossomed. However, tightly closed buds represent undeclared emotion.

10. The largest bouquet of Roses!

As recorded by the Guinness World Book of Records the largest bouquet was made from 156,940 roses. It was created by and displayed in NordWestZentrum shopping mall in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

What are the best roses to buy?

Now you know everything there is to know about roses you may be ready to start your very own rose garden or perhaps add a unique variety to an existing one. Below are some of our most popular bare-root roses with beautiful fragrant blooms that will lift your mood and attract those all-important pollinators to your garden!

The annual Rose of the Year Competition trials new roses from across the world, taking into account their performance on UK soil. Here at Dobies, we are thrilled to be able to offer the most current award winner – Rose of the Year 2021 – Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour

Rose of the Year 2021!

The Belle de Jour has an intense fragrance with hints of vanilla. Yellow buds with flashes of flame open to reveal golden-yellow blooms with masses of petals. Vigorous growing variety the Belle de Jour’s blooms can grow up to 7cm across. This rose variety will make a beautiful addition to borders or as a low hedge – With excellent disease resistance and a vigorous, upright habit. You can also create beautiful flower arrangements, as this variety will last really well when cut for the vase. Flowers June-October. Height 100-150cm; spread 90-100cm.

Precious Amber

RHS Award of Garden Merit

The Precious Amber will produce beautiful blooms of apricot, amber and orange shades that are lightly scented. Repeat flowering with colour from June-September. Height 60-70cm; spread 60-70cm. Precious Roses are award-winning varieties that rightly deserve their accolades. Boundless blooming, super healthy and also ideal for patio pots and filling gaps in beds and borders.

Timeless Purple

RHS Award of Garden Merit

A gorgeous regal purple variety, Timeless Purple is definitely one that catches your eye. These pinkish-purple blooms are richly perfumed and will put on a scrumptious display in any garden or patio containers. Perfect for homegrown cut flowers as new growth repeat flowers quickly after cutting. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100cm; spread 90-100cm.

Hot Chocolate

Novelty Rose of the Year 2006!

Hot Chocolate is a really unique colour flower and definitely one to go for if you’re looking for something different. Popular amongst horticulturalists – it has glorious vintage coloured blooms. Petals are shades of orange tinged with red and dusky pinky brown. Very easy to grow and disease resistant. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers June-October. Height 90-100cm; spread 80-90cm.

Super Trouper

RHS Award of Garden Merit winner

Super Trouper is a repeat flowering compact floribunda rose. Fruity mandarin orange blooms contrast with glossy green foliage. Flowers through summer and is a compact floribunda variety with a delicate fragrance. Vibrant blooms that are well-formed and freely borne on a neat bushy rose plant of medium height. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100; spread 90-100cm.

For Your Eyes Only

RHS Award of Garden Merit

For Your Eyes Only is a beautiful floribunda rose that will flower continuously throughout the summer. This rose plants unique flowers have a distinct darker centre and prominent bright yellow stems. It will fill your garden with a delicate light scent. For Your Eyes Only is the perfect rose plant for a patio and has excellent disease resistance. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100; spread 90-100cm.

Nostalgie

RHS Award of Garden Merit winner

Nostalgie is a stunning rose with gorgeous cream petals with a rose blush and edged with ruby red. Long stems hold beautiful small clusters. Sweet fragrance. Repeat flowering through the summer. They will make a beautiful addition to any rose garden or border. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100cm; spread 60-70cm.

We have many rose plants for sale, including the golden floribunda rose offers months of flowering and a delightful scent, perfect for a border or pot. Lucky is the ideal rose for growing at the back of a mixed herbaceous border, and may also be grown in a large container. 

If you like rose cut flowers, bring them indoors. Our Timeless Collection for the Home Florist is for you. You’ll also find a handy guide on creating your own floral arrangements. Browse our full collection below because a garden is not a garden without a rose.

Roses for the Home Florist

A collection of hardy garden roses ideal for any vase!

No Summer garden is complete without a rose plant. Not only do they look beautiful in the garden but, Roses are also one of the most popular varieties used as cut flowers. A vase of Roses picked straight from the garden will be an envious addition to any home.

Dobies have put together a Timeless Collection of roses that are grown for cut flowers and not forgetting highly scented to fill your home with a beautiful scent.

The Timeless Collection

These international award-winning Hybrid Tea roses have been bred and tested for their health and fragrance. Their fully double, long-lasting flowers have a unique fragrance. Also superb garden and patio container plants. Perfect as cut flowers for creating beautiful arrangements and new growth repeat flowers quickly after cutting.

Timeless Pink

“Large and shapely light pink blooms with apricot centres!”

Timeless Pink Rose is the palest pink coloured variety. Producing beautiful fully double flowers each with a unique fragrance. These roses are a superb addition to the garden or patio container plants. Perfect for homegrown cut flowers as new growth repeat flowers quickly after cutting. 

Create beautiful home flower arrangements easily with the Timeless Pink variety. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100cm; spread 90-100cm

Timeless Charisma

“Rich fuchsia red buds open to fully double deep pink shapely flowers”

The Timeless Charisma has rich fuchsia red buds, opening into a fully double, deep pink shapely flowers. A beautiful oriental floral scent makes this variety irresistible. Timeless Charisma will make the perfect addition to any garden or patio containers. 

Perfect for homegrown cut flowers as new growth repeat flowers quickly after cutting. Great for creating beautiful and easy flower arrangements. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100cm; spread 90-100cm.

Timeless Cream

Large fragrant creamy flowers with a soft apricot blush.

An elegant cream coloured variety, the Timeless Cream has beautiful double flowers each with a unique fragrance. Create a beautiful display in the garden and patio containers. Perfect for homegrown cut flowers as new growth repeat flowers quickly after cutting. Creat effortlessly stunning flower arrangements. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100cm; spread 90-100cm.

Timeless Purple

“Rounded buds open to reveal large, deep purple blooms”

A gorgeous regal purple variety, Timeless Purple is definitely one that catches your eye. These pinkish-purple blooms are richly perfumed and will put on a scrumptious display in any garden or patio containers.

Perfect for homegrown cut flowers as new growth repeat flowers quickly after cutting. Perfect for creating beautiful and easy flower arrangements. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers June-September. Height 90-100cm; spread 90-100cm.

How to Create a Floral Display

A fresh bouquet or vase of flowers can make any space inviting. Whether its bursting bundle of flowers or a lonely single flower by a candlelit table, they bring the essence of natural beauty. To match our Timeless Collection we’ve put together a simple step by step guide to creating your own tabletop display.

Blooming Tabletop Displays

Equipment

  • Roses & flowers of your choice
  • Vase of your choice
  • Sharp Scissors / Shears
  • Perseravtive

Instructions

Picking your flowers

  • Cut roses in the morning when they are well hydrated.
  • Use a sharp pair of scissors or shears to cut your roses.
  • Cut stems at an angle and place them immediately into cold water.
  • Don't be afraid to be colour! Mix in some other beautiful garden flowers in there to with contrasting colours.

Creating your floral display

  • Before arranaging your roses consider the length of the stem in comparison to the vase. Trim where nesscary and cut at an angle while stems are submerged in the water.
  • Remove all leaves that will be under the vase as this will prevent them from rotting.
  • Do the same with the next rose but in the opposite direction so that the stems cross over one another. Top Tip: You can also use a rubber band to bundle a few roses together to achive a unified look.
  • Now find the perfect tabletop to display your beautiful arrangement!

We hope we’ve inspired you to create your own floral display. We also have more award-winning varieties in our range of roses to choose from.

October Newsletter

You ought to know that October is the first Spring month.


~ Karel Capek, The Gardener’s Year

Autumn has arrived! A time for digging and moving tender plants under cover before the first frosts arrive, planting bulbs, bare root trees and shrubs and raking up fallen leaves… October can be one of the wettest months of the year but after such a long dry summer I’m sure few will complain. Lawns will soon start to recover and water butts to fill.

October is the time for woodland walks, foraging and for the first log fires of the season. It’s also time for clearing and washing the greenhouse, of placing nets over ponds to keep out falling leaves and loads of other tasks.

 So, although autumn is here, don’t go getting too mellow, there’s still work to be done!

  • Plant garlic, either directly in the ground or in pots, and keep the area weed-free as it grows.
  • Winter salad leaves can now be sown along with other hardy veg such as peas and beans or winter cabbages.
  • Pull up and compost any remaining annuals. Replace them with winter and spring flowering Pansies, Wallflowers, Bellis and Primulas, not just in the garden but in containers too. Empty tubs are such a missed opportunity!
  • Spring flowering bulbs are still available to buy and to plant so make sure you have enough for a blaze of colour next year.
  • Tulips will be better for having had a late planting as it helps them to avoid fungal disease.
  • It’s time to bring inside any houseplants that have enjoyed summer in the garden. The sudden change in temperature and atmosphere may cause them to shed a few leaves. However, water sparingly and they’ll be fine.
  • October can bring strong winds so check your tree stakes are nice and firm. Moving anything flimsy undercover.
  • Improve the condition of your soil and add nutrients by sowing green manure – winter mix. This has to be one of the least labour intensive, most environmentally friendly and easiest method of improving next year’s crops.
  • Autumn is bare root season so now is the perfect time to order your fruit trees. The roots will work away below ground to get established, so by the time spring comes the trees will be ready to burst into growth.
  • And if the weather is truly rubbish and you need an excuse to wrap up warm inside, get one step ahead and plan your seeds for the 2021 season!

Secure Your Seeds For Next Year!

As the nation has become impassioned in the world of growing your own produce, seed sales have tripled this year for Dobies. New gardens and their keepers have sprung up everywhere, with some rekindling their passion whilst existing gardeners have simply grown more. This trend looks like it’s here to stay so make sure you secure your seeds for 2021 to avoid disappointment, while we keep up with the growing demand.

The Month Of The Calendula

The birth flower for October is Calendula (Pot Marigold) and its cheery blooms are loved by insects and gardeners alike. Calendulas can be used to help repel whitefly from around tomatoes and they can also attract aphids away from your bean plants; hoverflies, lacewings and ladybirds too!

Not only are they excellent to help control bugs but they are edible as well! Petals can be plucked and added to salads or dried to create ‘Poor Man’s Saffron’ perfect for colouring rice or to add to your baking for a natural yellow/orange shade.

… and 2021 is the Year Of The Calendula as named by Fleuroselect, so what better way to get things started than by introducing one of next year’s new varieties.

NEW Calendula Bulls Eye

The Calendula Bulls Eye are a very unique plant, producing beautiful pom- pom style flowers. These magnificent flowers will not only add fantastic frilly shapes to your flower beds and flower borders but add profusions of bright sunshine yellow colours too. These beautiful bright colours contrast well with the dark flower centres, where they get their namesake the Bull’s Eye.

Time For Sweet Peas!

October to early November is the ideal time for sowing sweet peas. The long growing period will enable strong root growth which will in turn produce vigorous top growth. Not only will autumn-sown sweet peas flower earlier than spring sown, the plants will be stronger, the flower stems longer and the blooms more abundant.

When sowing sweet peas rootrainers are perfect, but you can also use the inner cardboard tubes from toilet rolls. Use a standard seed compost and sow 2 or 3 seeds together. As they grow, don’t thin out but plant each grouping, when the time is right, as a small clump. Keep your sweet peas in a cold frame or cool greenhouse and pinch out the growing tips when the plants reach about 10cm, this will make the plants bushier and stronger. Plant out in mid spring and then just wait for those fabulous flowers.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, why not look at our new sweet pea Fire & Ice. The seeds produce fantastic white, purple and pink flowers accompanied by a strong, yet sweet fragrance. This variety of sweet pea grows with longer stems making them perfect for container and patio pot displays. A Modern Grandiflora type that grows to a height of 151–200cm, you can train them to grow up decorative trellises, obelisks or even arches. Grow them in your flower beds and flower borders for a sweet-scented and colourful display.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, why not look at our new sweet pea Fire & Ice. The seeds produce fantastic white, purple and pink flowers accompanied by a strong, yet sweet fragrance. This variety of sweet pea grows with longer stems making them perfect for container and patio pot displays. A Modern Grandiflora type that grows to a height of 151–200cm, you can train them to grow up decorative trellises, obelisks or even arches. Grow them in your flower beds and flower borders for a sweet-scented and colourful display.

Recipe of the Month

Pumpkins and winter squash are synonymous with autumn and October in particular. Being muck loving plants they will have produced a good crop if grown in a sunny spot with plenty of manure. By October the fruits are mature and ready to be harvested, before the first frosts arrive.

Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 700 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 kg pumpkin or squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 150 ml double cream

Mini Pumpkin Soup Bowls

  • 4 mini pumpkins
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch salt & pepper

Instructions

Pumpkin Soup

  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large sauce pan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured.
  • Add 1kg pumpkin or squash, cut into chunks, to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.
  • Pour 700ml vegetable or chicken stock into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft.
  • Pour 150ml double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can pour the soup through a fine sieve.
  • Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the pan, then cook for a few mins more until they are toasted.

Mini Pumpkin Soup Bowls

  • Cut the lib off the top of the mini pumpkin and scoop out the inside of the bowl.
  • Brush the inside of the pumpkins lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  • Place the pumpkin bowls on a sheet pan and bake at 180°C for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the inside flesh of the pumpkin bowl is tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Let the pumpkin bowls cool slightly before filling them with soup. Add a splash of cream and roasted seeds for that finishing touch.

Veg Seeds To Sow This October

With autumn upon us and the weather becoming cooler, you could think it’s time to tuck the garden up for the year, but you couldn’t be more wrong! Get one step ahead by sowing hardy veg which will see you right through autumn, winter and into spring.  A little sowing now goes a long way!

Bean (Broad Bean) Seeds – Aquadulce Claudia

The Aquadulce Claudia is a long podded, white-seeded tasty broad bean that’s early to mature, Aquadulce Claudia is recommended for autumn and winter sowings throughout the U.K. for the earliest crops the following spring and summer.

Broccoli Seeds – Stromboli F1

Stormboli F1 first-class variety producing long, tasty, dark green florets. Resistant to blindness from autumn sowings. Sow successionally for a long harvest season.

Cauliflower Seeds – Snowball

Snowball produces cauliflower heads in late June from a greenhouse sowing in January. This Cauliflower variety is well tried and reliable. Summer/Autumn maturing. Heads late June from a greenhouse sowing in January. (20-26 weeks maturity.)

Vailan-Winter Gem

Enjoy the sweetness of ‘Gem’ type lettuce through the winter. The Vilan-Winter Gem is a hardy version of the popular ‘Little Gem’ variety that can be grown with only frost protection, so you can enjoy a steady harvest of tasty lettuce!

Broad Bean Seeds – De Monica

De Monica is a superb, early-maturing variety grows well in low daylight conditions, producing bountiful crops of 15cm (6″) long pods filled with 5-7 tasty, creamy-coloured beans per pod.

Leaf Salad Seeds – Winter Mix

Winter Mix is a leaf mixture that can be sown up to October outdoors, for picking leaves over winter, or sown through the winter under glass or on a windowsill.

Broad Bean Seeds – Imperial Green Longpod

Imperial Green Longpod produces pods some 38cm (15″) long, each containing up to 9 large green beans. We recommend this long podded, heavy cropping broad bean. Suitable for deep freezing. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.

Cauliflower Seeds – Boris F1

Boris F1 has strong roots and a vigorous growth habit help this robust cauliflower to thrive in a range of soil types and difficult growing conditions. Very flexible – can be sown March-June or in October. Harvest end June-October. Recommended for deep freezing.

Onion (Spring) Seeds – Red & White Mix

A mix of red and white spring onion varieties – fast-maturing onions with excellent flavour to liven up summer salads. Sow successionally for continued cropping.

Offer Of The Month

Winter Bedding

As summer draws to an end, your existing bedding plants will start to lose their colour and flowering will stop. This means that it’s time to brighten up your borders, hanging baskets and patio pots with some winter bedding plants!

Autumn is the perfect time to plant your winter bedding plants out, which means planting them in their final flowering positions. Here they will establish and take over from your spent summer plants, offering fresh new flowers to enjoy.

Discover our range with our Ten Bedding Plants to Create a Beautiful Winter Garden or more information on how to plant out and look after your plants with our Guide To Winter Bedding.

Autumn/Winter Bedding Plant Collections

Garden Ready Winter Bedding Lucky Dip

On the shortest days of the year, what better way to brighten up your garden than with a lucky dip of 60 radiant Primroses and Polyanthus plug plants!

60 x Garden Ready Plus Plants £25     RRP £41.94  SAVE 40% Buy now

Our Selection of Winter/Spring Bedding

The perfect selection of 18 bedding plants for your winter/spring displays at a fraction of the cost! This lucky dip of plants is chosen at random from our amazing range.

18 x 9cm Potted Plants £22     RRP £36.00  SAVE 38%    Buy now

A Guide to Winter Bedding Plants

With our guide to planting winter bedding plants, you’ll achieve wonderful winter garden displays to brighten your outside space and life your spirits in the dark days of winter.

Why use winter bedding plants?

Bedding plants add flurries of vibrant colour to your garden for a season or two. They need replacing when they fade each year or at the end of each season.

As many bedding plants only bloom during the spring and/or summer, adding winter bedding plants will extend the flowering season in your outside space.

Even if you aren’t planning to spend much time outdoors during winter, you can see your garden from your windows. So make sure it provides a lovely view that is packed with colour.

Flowering plants will lift your spirits in the short winter days. If you don’t have a large garden, consider window boxes and patio pots or add hanging baskets around your exterior doors. Winter bedding will brighten your garden and fill any gaps in bare borders, plus hanging baskets and pots offer a warm floral welcome to visitors during some of the darkest months of the year.

Planting winter bedding plants

As summer draws to an end, your existing bedding plants will start to lose their colour and flowering will stop. This means that it’s time to brighten up your borders, hanging baskets and patio pots with some winter bedding plants!

Autumn is the perfect time to plant your winter bedding plants out, which means planting them in their final flowering positions. Here they will establish and take over from your spent summer plants, offering fresh new flowers to enjoy.

To replenish your garden with winter bedding plants, simply remove any old bedding plants and compost them. If you are planting in pots or containers, replace the compost as most of the nutrients will have been used by the previous plants. Pop your plants into their final flowering positions and water them in.

Caring for winter bedding plants

Once established, your winter bedding plants will only require watering in prolonged dry spells. Be careful not to overwater potted plants as this can lead to rot. Deadhead the spent flowers from your winter bedding plants to encourage more blooms to form.

Winter bedding varieties

Selecting the right bedding plants for your garden is exciting but with a range of varieties to choose from can also be daunting. We’ve made it easy for you to select the perfect plants by creating bedding plant themes.

Winter flowering bedding plants are those varieties that can withstand the cold and rain of a UK winter, and the choice of colours and shapes will surprise you! Our most popular varieties include:

Pansies

Pansies are low-growing and with large, hardy, striking flowers in an amazing array of colours.

Forget-Me-Nots

Forget-Me-Nots offer clusters of dainty flowers that self-seed, so you can enjoy their colour year after year.

Wild Primroses

Primrose Vulgaris and Primula veris are some of our most loved native wildflowers with pretty clusters of delicately scented yellow flowers.

Polyanthus

Polyanthus plants carrying bunches of long-lasting blooms on each thick stem in late winter.

Primulas (Primroses)

Primroses are available in vivacious colours and are ideal for naturalising as they will self-seed freely.

Ten Bedding Plants to Create a Beautiful Winter Garden

Winter bedding plants make it easy to create colourful displays that keep your garden looking great even through the cold winter months.

Our winter bedding plants will fill your hanging baskets, window boxes, patio pots and borders. With beautiful colour and fabulous foliage to create a beautiful winter garden.

1. Bellis

Compact hardy perennials with multitudes of delicate quilled petals in pretty pom-poms, Bellis plants are packed with colour. For beautiful displays that flower twice a year, choose Bellisima Mixed – after flowering September-November they will overwinter to produce a second flourish from February-March!

Caring for Bellis plants

Plants benefit from regular deadheading to extend the flowering period and encourage more blooms to be produced.

2. Forget-Me-Not

Forget-Me-Nots produce clusters of dainty flowers that will self-seed, so you can enjoy their colour year after year. Choose Mon Amie Mixed for double the joy – this variety is a breeding breakthrough as it’s the first to flower in both the autumn and the spring.

Caring for Forget-Me-Not plants

Forget-Me-Not flowers spread easily and care is minimal. As a result, they grow best in a damp, shady area, but can adapt to full sun.

3. Pansies

Pansies are perfect for brightening your winter hanging baskets and pots, plus they’ll create flurries of flowers in your borders. Low-growing and with large, hardy, striking flowers, they are available in an amazing variety of colours.

Caring for Pansy plants

Plant pansies in rich, fertile soil that is well-draining. Grow them in sun or partial shade.

4. Polyanthus

Polyanthus offers a lovely late winter display, with plants carrying bunches (umbels) of long-lasting blooms on each thick stem. Perfect for pots, window boxes and borders, try Spring Fever for improved winter hardiness, plus an impressively large number of blooms.

Caring for Polyanthus plants

Plant in sun or semi shade. Deadhead faded blooms to encourage more flowers to form.

5. Wild Primroses

Primula vulgaris is the perfect variety for attracting pollinators.

Primrose Vulgaris (pictured) is one of our most loved native flowers, with pretty clusters of pale lemon flowers. Great for naturalising, perfect for shady areas and fast growing. Plant in patio pots for beautiful, scented flower displays.

Primula veris is a beautiful old-fashioned endangered wildflower with pretty clusters of delicately scented bright yellow flowers on stalks above rosettes of soft green foliage. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit and an RHS Perfect for Pollinators variety.

Caring for wild Primula plants

Primroses need watering regularly during hot periods. Deadhead faded flowers to encourage more blooms.

6. Primulas (Primroses)

Primroses are available in a variety of vivacious colours and are ideal for naturalising as they will self-seed, offering year after year of cheerful colour. In addition to container and border growing, plant them under hedges and trees. Try Primula Rhubarb & Custard a unique and beautiful primrose.

Caring for Primrose plants

Primroses prefer cool, semi-shaded areas and will thrive in well-drained yet moist soil. Overwatering pots can lead to rot.

7. Violas

Violas will paint your autumn and winter flower displays with splashes of vibrant colour. Varieties flower from October to May, so you can enjoy wonderful violas month after month. Compact and beautifully eye-catching, use them in beds or pots for a pop of colour wherever your garden needs it.

Caring for Viola plants

Grow Viola plants in well-drained soil in sun or partial. Water regularly and feed occasionally. Overwatering in winter may lead to root damage. Deadhead regularly to encourage new blooms.

8. Wallflowers

Wallflowers are loved for their sweet scent, fabulous array of colours and long-lasting blooms. They will look fabulous in pots and containers, plus borders and beds.

Try Wallflower Sugar Rush – an award-winning and very hardy British bred F1 variety developed for our climate. It flowers in the late autumn, early winter and again in spring (if not continually!) Ideal for cutting too.

Caring for Wallflower plants

Wallflowers thrive in even the poorest soils and grow well in sun or shade. Keep the soil moist and feed occasionally. Deadheading plants will encourage more blooms.

9. Garden Ready Winter Bedding Lucky Dip

Garden Ready Winter Bedding adds cheer in the winter months.

On the shortest days of the year, what better way to brighten up your garden than with a lucky dip of 60 garden ready radiant Primroses and Polyanthus plug plants! Perfect for your winter and early spring displays, save over £40 with our choice of cheerful winter bedding plants.

60 x Garden Ready Plugs £25     RRP £41.94  SAVE 40%    Buy now

10. Our Selection Winter/Spring Bedding

Our selection of Winter/Spring Bedding provide perfect flower displays.

The perfect selection of bedding plants for your winter/spring displays at a fraction of the cost! This winter bedding plant selection is a great lucky dip of 18 x 9cm plants, chosen at random from our amazing range. All you need to do is plant them!

18 x 9cm Potted Plants £22     RRP £36.00  SAVE 38%    Buy now