Primula acaulis(Primrose)

In winter, we yearn for colour in the garden. What plants are more suitable to provide this than Primroses? These compact plants are suitable for use in the garden and on the patio and as long as frosts are not too severe, they will proudly display their flowers.
In the home, Primroses also lend a lot of colour to any room. They are not all that keen on a warm living room but when placed slightly cooler, they will last for quite a while.
In winter, Primroses are widely available in many colours.

Primroses prefer cool surroundings. Provided it doesn’t freeze, Primroses will keep their fresh looks. The pot ball should remain moderately moist. The plants do not like to wilt but too much water is not right either. Therefore, good drainage is very important.

 

Deadheading will help keep the plants beautiful for much longer.
Combine a few Primroses in a basket or large bowl for an even more stunning effect!

 

Calocephalus brownii

Cushion bush or Silver bush. Decorative silvery grey little shrub with needle-like leaves. Very suitable for creating a specal ambiance using patio pots and dishes. Position in full sun or light shade. The plant prefers slightly dryer soil. Calocephalus retains its leaves in the winter but is only moderately hardy. In long hot summers, the plant sometimes develops small inconspicuous yellow flowers.
Destined for decoration, not for consumption.

Solanum 'Megaball'

Solanum Megaball with its large shiny green and orange berries adds a strikingly cheerful touch to house and garden.
The plant originates from Peru and has many inspirational common names such as ‘Winter Cherry’, ‘Jerusalem Cherry’ or 'Christmas Cherry'.
Especially in late summer, the plants are widely available and thus provide an exotic touch to the autumn. The deep orange berries can be enjoyed for a long time because outdoors, the plant easily survives until the first frost.

 

 

Put the plant in a light position indoors or on the patio that is not too warm.
Keep the pot ball sufficiently moist but be sure to drain any surplus water.
Regularly add some general houseplant fertilizer to the water.

 

Place several Solanum Megaball plants in a group together in a large basket or ornamental pot and put this in a prominent spot on the patio or near the front door. These easy strong plants will be true eye-catchers for a prolonged period.

The plant itself and its berries are not suitable for consumption.

Aster Aspatio

Asters are mainly known as typical autumn products. However, current varieties like  Aspatio allow us to enjoy these floriferous plants as early as summer. Moreover, Aster Aspatio thrives both indoors as well as outdoors, in the garden or on the patio, the sky is the limit!
Aspatios are available from florists and garden centres from July until September and in the colours blue-purple, red-violet and white.

Be sure to water regularly and sufficiently. Also ensure good drainage, leaving no water in the bottom of the pot.
Asters do prefer a sunny position.
The plants may require some plant food at least once after purchase.

Asters are perennials that attract butterflies and bees and therefore fit in perfectly with a natural gardening scheme.
After it has finished flowering, Aster Aspatio can be planted in the border, where it will flower again in September the following year.

Helleborus nigercors 'Emma'

This wintery gem is a cross of Helleborus niger and Helleborus argutifolius and thus combines a number of positive varietal qualities. To start with, this strong variety is the earliest flowering amongst all nigercors species, meaning it can be enjoyed long before Christmas. The buds have a touch of salmon pink, beautifully contrasting with the characteristically dark green leaves. Once the flowers open, they change colour to a creamy white. The flowers are strikingly large and stand proud on lovely burgundy flower stems. They lend this Helleborus a unique air of elegance!
The plant will flower from December until late March and is therefore a true wintery gem!

After purchase, the plants can be placed somewhere where they really attract attention, for example on the patio or by the front door. Do not forget to water on a regular basis, even though it is winter but avoid watering during frosty spells.
After flowering, the plant can be left in its pot until next winter. In summer, it should be kept in the garden in a cool shady position and given sufficient water and fertilizer. Next winter, you will once again be able to enjoy a beautiful, profusely flowering plant.
However, it will take some care and attention to keep the plant alive in summer. Digging the pot in, makes this a little easier. It is also possible to plant the Helleborus out in the border. In that case, it is best to plant Helleborus Emma under some deciduous shrubs or bushes. This way, the plant will get sufficient light in winter and shade in summer. Helleborus Emma keeps its green leaves in summer as well. This Helleborus is fairly tolerant regarding the soil it is planted in but does prefer it to be calcareous.
Helleborus plants thrive best in a sheltered position.

Give the plant its second life in the garden as a perennial and enjoy this special Helleborus all over again!

Regularly remove the old, damaged leaves in order to keep the plant beautifully healthy.

Helleborus flowers are also nice to display in a small vase as cut flowers or as floating flowers in a dish full of water.

Ranunculus (pot)

Ranunculus or turban buttercup is a plant with a long history. For centuries, this amazing flower has been a favourite in many houses and gardens. Cheerful, playful and eye-catching, Ranunculus plants symbolize charm and for a good reason!
Their splendid peony-like blooms are also well liked by artists and they have featured in many a painting.
The fat buds that appear in spring are a promise of what is yet to come.
Once open, the flowers can reach a diameter of no less than 10 cm.
With their many colours, Ranunculus are spectacular spring flowers. Ranunculus are also very suitable for bouquets to brighten up the house.

Ranunculus are available in many colours from florists and garden centres from February until April.

Ranunculus tolerate some cold but are sensitive to frost, wind and rain.
You will enjoy Ranunculus the longest when they are placed in a sheltered position, such as for example near the front door or on the patio. This way, the flowers are protected from wind and rain and will not break easily.
However, Ranunculus certainly enjoy the warmth of the spring sun!
The pot ball can be left fairly moist but you should ensure good drainage. There is no need to add fertilizer during spring.

 

• Put Ranunculus in a sheltered position in the garden in order to protect the plants from wind and rain.
• Deadhead regularly to promote continued flowering.
• In case of frosts, you are well advised to bring Ranunculus indoors and keep them in a cool room.
• Ranunculus plants also look splendid when planted in a small group together.
• And what about a colourful bouquet to cheer up your home?