Spring is here and while we’re restricted to our own gardens, balconies and terraces we spoke to Mark Dwelly, Gardener at Audley Stanbridge Earls, for his top tips of what to plant and how to help make your space look like a national park.
When choosing your plants, you should also think about the light.
If your balcony or terrace is quite shady, Mark recommends:
- Hostas – they come in a variety of leaf shapes, sizes and shades so you will be able to find the perfect one for you
- Mrs Robb’s bonnet (or euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae) – an evergreen with dark green leaves and yellow-green flowers
- Painted lady fern (or athyrium niponicum var. pictum) – a beautiful fern with silver fronds and a red-purple zone along the centre
- Carrot fern or claw fern (or onychium japonicum) – with its black stems and dark green feathery fronds which resemble a carrot, it’s easy to see how this plant got its nickname
Rather than just something pretty to look at, have you thought about making it edible? Cherry tomatoes, strawberries or gem lettuce are all ideal for growing in containers of pots. Or for something more fragrant you could incorporate herbs.
Perhaps you could team up with some neighbours and each grow a couple of different herbs and share them between you!
If you are searching for more gardening tips, look no further than Audley Stories! We have plenty of advice to help you cultivate the perfect green space.