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you can use iris bulbs; if you wait until spring, simply buy pots of iris. October - November or January - FebruaryFebruary30 minutesIris 'Pauline' bulbs x12 or iris plants x3Hart's tongue fern, e.g. Asplenium scolopendrium 'Angustifolia' x3Bird's foot
border, so they will flower again next year.AdamBuy your daffodil bulbs in August or September for the best selection at the garden centre. Look out for named varieties of corydalis, such as 'Père David', as their flowers have the most intense colour
flowerheads once the petals have fallen, trimming them back to just above the foliage.AdamWhen tidying up lilies, leave as much main stem and as many leaves as possible as these will help the bulb build up its food reserves for next year.More advice on lilies
Carol Klein offers advice on getting the best results from moisture-loving plants cowslip and fritillary.springMore advice on growing primulasTreating primula leaf spotHow to rejuvenate primrosesBrowse primula varieties
Alliums are spectacular plants and it's worth saving a few seeds to sow in the spring to grow some more for the garden. The seeds will germinate quickly and reach flowering size in a couple of years.SecateursPaper envelopesSeptember - October20
Watch Carol Klein's video guide to planting snowdrops 'in the green'. Carol also explains how to boost flowering of existing clumps by lifting and dividing.early springMore on growing snowdropsPractical project on lifting and dividing snowdropsFeature on snowdrops and where to se...
Agapanthus are easy to grow from seed and you may get flowering plants in as little as two years.Collect seed when the seedhead is becoming brown and the capsules are starting to burst. If the weather is turning cold you can collect seed prematurely and store the whole seedhead i...
.December - Januarywinteran hourSnowdrop, Galanthus elwesii 10cm pot x3Ophiopogon nigrescens x2Convolvulus cneorumPeat free, multi-purpose compost25cm terracotta potMetallic silver paintPolystyrene or crocksCover your garden table with newspaper and spray a clean pot
coloured pot. If you buy the plants from a garden centre, they can be planted into the garden after they've finished flowering, so you can enjoy them for years to come. February - MarchFebruary - March30 minutesDaffodils, e.g. Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' x3
,Iris foetidissima (left), wood spurge and various spring bulbs, like snowdrops and winter aconites.Extreme shadeMore on gardening in shadePot up a shade-loving display of begonias and fernsCreate spring pot display for shadeBrighten up a gloomy corner with a pot