Wallflowers bloom in spring where there’s little else in flower. They have a sweet but spicy fragrance, and make an excellent cut flower. Pollinators such as bumblebees benefit from the pollen and nectar they provide early in the year.
Bare root wallflowers are cheap to buy and are usually planted in autumn, often alongside spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips. They are hardy enough to cope with winter frosts and they’ll establish and flower more quickly than those planted in spring.
Find out how to plant bare-root wallflowers, below.
You Will Need
- Bare-root wallflowers
- Hand fork or trowel
Buy bare-root wallflowers sold in bunches if possible, as these are better value than those sold as potted plants.
Soak roots in water for at least an hour before planting them out in borders or containers. Plant them closely together for maximum impact, bearing in mind that they will become bushier as they develop. Water in well and allow to drain.
Interplant wallflowers with tulips or other spring bulbs, for a fantastic show in April.