Although temperatures may seem like they are on the rise this month, there is still the risk of frost and snow threatening to appear. With this in mind, it’s best to protect vulnerable plants with lots of insulation and move them to a more protected area of the garden if you can. Perennial trees that are sensitive to frost and freezing temperatures will benefit from plenty of mulch around the roots for protection. This is also a great time to get those sheds and greenhouses tidied and in good shape for the coming months.
Other Ideas for February
Spring is in sight so why not dig up a few snowdrops and violets and plant them in decorative containers? Surround them with a cushion of seasonal foliage then bring them inside to enjoy.
Grow you own! Nothing can beat the fresh taste of home-grown fruits & veggies from you own garden. You can prepare vegetable seedbeds, chit potato tubers and sow tomatoes, chillies and peppers.
Pruning, pruning and more pruning! Everything from Wisteria, hedges, shrubs and climbers such as Bougainvillea need to be pruned back to encourage new growth over the next few months.
Dahlias are superior in providing a showy display from summer into autumn. There are around 60,000 named varieties and 18 official flower forms including cactus, peony, anemone, stellar, collarette and waterlily. With their intense colour, strength and ability to keep flowering until the first frosts, Dahlias are easy to grow and bring life to your garden. The variations in colour, flower form size and foliage make it easy to find one to suit your style and garden.
This specially selected range of Decorative Dahlias will produce large flowers that are sure to amaze. Their spherical flower heads are made up of ruffled layers of delicately formed silky petals in electric shades.
These unusual Dahlias have a single row of outer petals in bright colours and a central golden yellow ball. The flower heads come in a wide range of colour varieties and make an excellent addition to any garden border or patio container display. Attractive to nectar loving insects they are a great way to encourage bees and butterflies into your garden.
These Pompom Dahlias produce fabulous double spherical blooms, which are sure to add a new dimension of shape and texture to any garden. Each flower head is made up of layers of silky, inwardly curved petals creating a perfectly formed sphere.
Which Dahlia should I choose?
You can simply choose the Dahlias you find most appealing. If you are interested in attracting bees and other pollinators, you should choose a Dahlia where the eye of the flower is exposed, this is so the pollinator can land on it and get to the nectar. If you are looking for a cut flower Dahlia, choose Decorative Dahlias.
How to Guide: Planting Dahlias…
Avoid dahlia tubers that appear wrinkled or rotten.
You should plant Dahlias in May, when the risk of frost is over.
Select a planting site with full sun.
Medium to dwarf-size Dahlias will do well in containers.
When growing in pots, remember the bigger the Dahlia the bigger the pot should be.
Plant your pots in March, so they are already a good size when you plant them out.
Dahlias should not be grown as a houseplant, as the light levels are too low.
Start tubers indoors in containers a month ahead.
The planting hole should be slightly larger than the root ball of the plant.
Dig a hole that is about 6 to 8 inches deep. Set the tubers into it, with the growing points facing up and cover with 2 to 3 inches of soil.
Dahlias start blooming about 8 weeks after planting, starting in mid-July.
Dahlias thrive in rich, well-drained soil.
Do not water the tubers right after planting; this encourages rot. Wait until the sprouts have appeared above the soil to water.
Dahlias should be planted with other plants that thrive in the same conditions.