Posted 7th Apr 2017
Giving your garden a splash of colour is one of the easiest ways to provide an instant update and make it seem summery even when the sun isn't shining
As gardeners, we'll often spend time waiting for seeds to grow and plants to flower, but it doesn't have to be like that. Garden designer and TV presenter Ann-Marie Powell has teamed up with Homebase to show you how to create the perfect colourful garden.
To get you started, here are Ann-Marie's top five plants to add some instant colour to your garden.
1 Colourful bedding plants will give your garden an instant lift, providing colour across the seasons. Choose long-flowering varieties including geraniums, nasturtiums, petunias and lobelias and plant them in anything from planter to hanging basket.
2 Asiatic primulas can add a wonderful palate of colour to the garden throughout spring and summer. P. Beesiana, P. Bullenyana and P. Japonica are plants of great beauty and colour.
3 Don't forget the trees! Amelanchier Lamarckii is a beautiful small tree that can provide colour all year round, from white flowers in the spring to dark red fruit in the summer, and brilliant orange-red foliage in the autumn.
4 Remember, it doesn't need to be about the flowers. Look beyond them to plants with vibrant foliage, bark or berries or grasses like Anemanthele lessoniana, its shades of gold and copper add a wonderful contrast to the other plants.
5 Annuals are wonderful for immediate colour. The one-hit wonders are quick to grow, and their flowers can create instant drama. Why not try the exotic orange of Lion's ear, brilliant red and yellow marigolds or a vibrant red poppy.