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Best Plants for Small Gardens and Pots

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your patio for summer, turn a balcony or courtyard into a lush little oasis, or even just plant up a window box, there’s potential to create a beautiful, colourful display whether your outside space is big or small. Spring is the best time to plant summer-flowering bulbs and compact perennials in pots, giving them time to settle so that they establish into strong, healthy plants in summer.

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Top 10 Summer Flowering Bulbs to Plant in Spring

Summer-flowering bulbs provide some of the biggest, best and most exotic-looking blooms, and spring is the best time to plant them. Not only do they look fabulous growing in borders or containers, but many make wonderful cut flowers too, so you can also enjoy freshly-picked blooms in your home. You’ll often find these beauties ready-grown and in full bloom at the garden centre during summer, but this is the most expensive way to buy them. With a small amount of early planning you can easily grow them yourself, setting your garden up to be a colourful oasis at a fraction of the price. So, if you’re itching to get out in the garden or even just to start planning your...

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Growing Callas for Pots vs Calla Cut Flower Production

Callas are versatile and can be used for both potted color production and cut flower production. However, there are several differences in how they would be selected and grown depending on the ultimate market you are pitching for. We take a closer look at the world of commercial Calla (Zantedeschia) production. Calla Types Calla types are classified based on their parentage and temperature preferences. The deciduous types were bred from deciduous species such as Zantedeschia elliottana, Z. albomaculata, Z. pentlandii and Z. rhemannii. These are the typically brightly coloured varieties most growers think of as Callas, and they are warm-season plants. They are suited to both pot and cut flower production. Zantedeschia aetiopica is a cool-season calla species with tall...

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Calling all Calla Lilies!

The last quarter of a century has seen an explosion in the breeding of calla lilies – tender forms of Zantedeschia. Like most gardeners over the age of 30, the first zantedeschia I ever encountered was the hardy arum lily, Z. aethiopica. It’s a beautiful, lush, white-flowered perennial that likes to have its roots in moist soil. There are several forms of it, with varying amounts of green and pink in the flowers, and with plants in varying degrees of hardiness. But essentially they are all the same.

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