The brighter the better – Best plants to add colour to your garden - Squires Garden Centres

The brighter the better – Best plants to add colour to your garden

The vivid colours of Osteospermum will brighten up any garden

There’s never been a better time to add some colour to your garden and create a cheerful space for the family, or a vibrant place for outdoor entertaining.

This season it’s all about bright, bold plants for sensational pots and borders,” says Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres.

We are seeing a return to bright colour schemes as we all look for something more cheerful and hopeful this summer,” added Sarah Squire. Don’t be afraid of colour. Go for to bold, vibrant shades, and make your garden as bright as you like. Usually I pick pastel shades but this year I feel the need for a blast of colour.”

As well as boosting your mood, brightly coloured plants are also great for:

  • Catching the eye – Use these plants as focal points in the garden, perhaps near your front door, in flower beds, or where you want to draw the eye to feature pots, hanging baskets and containers.
  • Attracting pollinators – Bright flowers can be a magnet for bees and butterflies.
  • Sunny areas – Strong colours work best in bright sunlight, whereas paler shades work well for a spot you enjoy in the evening, when the whites and creams stand out more.

Here’s a selection of this season’s brightest and best flowering plants chosen by Squire’s Garden Centres.

Hydrangea – Easy to grow shrubs that produce abundant blooms throughout summer and into autumn. They come in a beautiful range of pinks, blues and whites and are ideal for semi shade. As the name suggests they do need ample moisture. Keep faded flower heads on over winter to protect young shoots from frost. £19.99 (5 litre pot) or 2 for £30.

Hydrangeas 5 Litre | Offers | Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk)

English Lavender – Grown primarily for its sumptuous scented flowers, lavenders are also tolerant of drier spots and thrive in sunny borders. Attracts bees and butterflies. £10.99 (2 litre pot) or Buy 2 Get 3rd Free.

Lavender Hidcote 2L | Shrubs | Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk)

Osteospermum – Often known as the African Daisy, this is a neat, compact plant that produces an abundance of daisy-like blooms over several months in the summer. Comes in a variety of colours. £3.99 (10.5cm pot) or 4 for £10.

Mixed Osteospermum 10.5cm | Offers | Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk)

Geraniums – An ever popular and easy to grow plant that will give a bright and cheerful look to your borders, hanging baskets and containers. Can also be overwintered indoors. Comes in a variety of colours. £4.99 (13cm pot).

Geranium Scarlet 13cm | Bedding & Patio Plants | Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk)

Nemesia – A versatile little plant suitable for borders, containers or hanging baskets. Available in a variety of colours, many with a glorious scent.      £4.99 (1 litre pot).

Nemesia Aroma Banana Split 1L | Bedding & Patio Plants | Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk)

Plant available while stocks last. Stock varies by centre.