Top Five Spring Plug Plants

Discover the Top Five Spring Plug Plants! From the elegant Bellis to the fragrant Lavender, these perennial favourites promise vibrant blooms and easy care for your spring garden. Join us as we delve into their unique qualities and growing tips, perfect for all levels of gardening enthusiasts.

With thanks to British Garden Centres

1. Bellis

A spring perennial, boasts vibrant hues and delicate petals, thriving in cool, moist soil. Easy to grow, it’s a favourite of both novice and seasoned gardeners, offering continual blooms for elegant spring gardens.

BGC Bellis

2. Erysimum

Erysimum, or the wallflower, is a spring perennial, known for its long vibrant blooms and scent. Thriving in well-drained soil and sunlight, it adds colour to beds and containers with shades ranging from purple to yellow, making it ideal for spring and beyond.

BGC Erysimum

3. Dianthus

A sought-after spring plant, has silver foliage, vibrant blooms and fragrances, perfect for garden beds and containers. Low maintenance and adaptable to different soils, it’s great for quick impact. Its compact size suits pathways and pollinators love it!

BGC Dianthus

4. Primroses

Primroses are iconic spring bloomers, thrive in cool temps and partial shade and are perfect for early planting. Their vivid colours adorn beds, containers, hanging baskets, and troughs. Low maintenance, they need only water and well-drained soil. Cluster them together for a visually striking spring display.

BGC Primrose

5. Lavender

Loved for its fragrant, purple blooms, is hardy and thrives in diverse climates, enduring cold and heat, and ideal for spring gardens. Fast-growing, and fuss-free, it adds beauty to gardens and containers, enticing bees.

BGC Lavender

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Sustainable gardening

Whilst your garden might seem to already be very green, it can always be greener!

Discover ways you can make gardening more sustainable, like upcycling common items to make stylish features. What was a pallet, hessian bags, bits of pipe, and tin cans, could become a planter, grow bags, water features, and wildlife habitats.

Be inspired by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editorial team as they’re joined by experts to give tips and advice.

Grow your own food

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Peat-free gardening

Learn about the latest peat-free compost from exhibitors who can offer face-to-face advice.

Indoor gardening

Foliage doesn’t just belong outside – bring nature indoors and be inspired by the Houseplant Hub.

Mindful gardening

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Gardening on a budget

Discover different ways you can let your garden bloom under a tighter budget, with advice from expert gardeners.

Fermented foods

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