Tulips have long been a popular flower, especially in the Netherlands. In the 1600s, a single bulb could cost more than a smart Amsterdam townhouse.
There are plenty of Iris varieties that can be grown throughout the year, but in spring the electric-blue blooms of Iris reticulata are the ones to look out for.
Hyacinths come in a range of colours: from classic deep indigo through to pinks, purples, magentas and whites. They’re a great choice for fragrance.
Snake's head fritillary
These pink-and-purple-chequered flowers are said to resemble the head of a snake, hence the name. They’re usually found in meadows and some wilder gardens.
Alliums offer a great burst of colour and drama in late May, marking the transition into summer.
From buzzing bees to chattering birds, wildlife can be found right on your doorstep. There's loads you can do for nature in your garden to make it a haven for all sorts of creatures. Find inspiration on how to help the bees, butterflies and hedgehogs who love to visit your garden, and make a promise for nature to create a home for wildlife.
Annuals like cosmos, perenials like bellflower and even herbs like rosemary, lavender and sage are all great sources of food for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
By installing bird boxes and feeding birds you can make sure they thrive. Put your bird box up high in a sheltered site. In spring, provide protein-rich feed, such as fat balls.
By letting some or all of your lawn grow you will make space for many plant and insect species, including butterflies and wildflowers.
These clever boxes will attract a variety of insects including bumblebees, lacewings and ladybirds which will preserve a healthy ecological balance in your garden.