Plant Up a Rainbow

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Floral rainbow made with purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red daisy gerbera flower in Madeira Flower Festival, Madeira island, Portugal

Last year the rainbow became a symbol of hope and gratitude for all the hard-working members of the NHS. They were displayed in windows and gardens up and down the country. As the days are looking brighter and the country is opening up again, it’s a great time to pay tribute and plant your very own rainbow. We all sang the song at school of the colours of the rainbow - maybe your children still come home singing it! So, if you have a spare raised bed, or an empty to fill, why not take our plant suggestions and plant up something colourful?

The plants we’re suggesting, you can buy as plug plants from your local garden centres, for that instant burst of colour into your garden. All have very similar needs for watering and soil type, so you shouldn’t have much trouble when growing them all together in your container. Just water and feed regularly and you should have a gorgeous display for late spring and summer.

Red garden geranium flowers , close up shot / geranium flowers

Red – Geraniums, one of the most popular bedding plants, they give any garden a vibrant burst of colour and a gorgeous fragrance.


Yellow – Osteospermum (African daisy) [Voltage Yellow] ‘Balvoyelo’ which originates from South Africa. They can be found in many colours, but this variety makes a cheery addition to any colourful border.

Lush bush of bicolor light and dark pink Dianthus caryophyllus of Caryophyllaceae,also called carnation Doris,growing in garden,on sunny day.Horizontal banner, selective focus on one flower,close-up.

Pink – Dianthus, popularly referred to as ‘garden pinks’ come in all different shades of pink, try looking out for ‘Doris’ for a soft spring like pink.

Nephrolepis or fern in a pot. Selective focus. Horizontal. Close-up.

Green – Ferns, their interesting foliage and low maintenance growing makes for a perfect foliage plant for your containers.

Blue Trailing Lobelia Sapphire flowers or Edging Lobelia, Garden Lobelia in St. Gallen, Switzerland photo. Its Latin name is Lobelia Erinus 'Sapphire', native to South Africa, Malawi and Namibia.

Purple – Lobelia has purple blooms that are a small yet effective addition to any pot, hanging basket, or container.

Close up of orange petunia or calibrachoa flowers.

Orange – Calibrachoa ‘Can Can Orange’ has small trumpet like flowers that are perfect for a sunny sited container and bring that bright, eye-popping touch to your garden.

Pansie macro

Blue – Pansies are garden favourites that can be found in a hybrid blue colour, try ‘Matrix Blue Blotch’ for deep colour to add something special to your rainbow border.

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We hope this blog helps bring a bit more colour to your garden!!


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