In the flower garden there is now profusion as we enjoy more roses, phloxes, campanulas, heleniums, hemerocallis (day lilies) and gladioli etc. etc. Indeed there are enough flowers for everybody.
There are few bulbs that can compete with the autumn crocus’ bright performance given during the last months of the year.
They are best ordered this month for planting in August. Nurserymen seldom hold large stocks and the gardener who leaves his order until August may be disappointed.
The bulbs should be planted 3 ins. deep, where they can be left to increase undisturbed, maybe hidden by pleasing ground cover.
The jewel-like flowers, white and in all shades from blue to violet, with brilliant stigmata, are extremely elegant.
Asters, nemesias, marigolds and quick-maturing annuals can be sown to fill gaps where bedding plants have failed or are in short supply. Marigolds are a blessing to those with a new garden and a small budget: mixed with cornflowers or larkspurs they make a tremendous splash.
If more rock plants are needed, rooted pieces of saxifrages, sedums, sempervivums and some of the other rock plants, can be detached from over-large plants and replanted.