There’s nothing more quintessential and idyllic than a traditional chocolate box cottage garden, and creating one is easier than you might think. Whether you have large borders, a patio or even just balcony, you can get this popular look on a big or small scale by filling all plantable spaces with a great mix of floriferous varieties, planting them close and, above all, opting for lots and lots of colour.
Dahlias are one of the best garden plants for growing for use as cut flowers. Not only to they have an outstanding vase life, but they provide a season-long supply of spectacular blooms from mid summer right through to the first frosts. You can cut them regularly to enjoy in the home – the more you pick, the more they keep coming!
Collarette dahlias produce big, impressive blooms with a central ruffled collar, surrounded by large contrasting petals. Growing to a compact height of around 60cm, they’re a great choice if you have a small garden or just containers on a patio or balcony. With their striking blooms, they put on a great show of colour all on their own and will be a great highlight in any display.
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.