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Published 17 March 2017
As spring plants start to grow, many gardeners are impatient to see the effect of the new, better weather on their gardens. Although we must all have patience, there are things you can do to make an instant impact on your outdoor spaces. We suggest some plants and decorative ideas to make your garden sparkle with new light.
Spring is here again and we're all itching to create an exciting new garden. One of the benefits of gardening is that it teaches you a zen-like patience in developing plants and beautiful borders. The rewards of a long season's hard labour can be immensely satisfying. But what if we need a quick fix or a last-minute save to get our garden ship-shape?
Below you'll find a list of products that can really transform your garden with minimal effort, meaning you can bring your scrappy backyard up to scratch just by adding our "Instant Impact" plants.
All these plants can go straight outside in their planters before the weather warms up.
This Pair of Phoenix Palms (plus metallic 11-inch Tulipa gold planters) will add a real holiday feel to your patio or garden for years to come. The distinctive, lush green foliage fans out to create wonderful shadows on your patio all year round, making these palms a stunning centrepiece.
Phoenix palms are native to the Canary Islands, Asia, and parts of Africa. But despite their tropical origins, these superbly exotic plants thrive in the UK and are winter hardy too. They love a sunny position and are perfect for patio pots!
Also included with this pair of stunning palm trees is a set of 2 Metallic 11” Tulipa Gold plastic planters – the perfect addition to your trees! Plant your trees up right away with these beautiful, simple and contemporary pots and place your trees either side of patios, terraces, decking or place around beds and borders.
Please note: While your palm tree will be tolerant of dry conditions when fully established, in very hot, dry weather it will need to be watered every day along with the rest of your plants.
A wonderful feature tree for home gardens, the "Weeping Willow" Salix Kilmarnock is a beautiful dwarf tree with waterfalls of dark-green leaves smothered in golden catkins in the spring.
Forming a dome-shape, like a beautiful waterfall, the long stems hang and gently wave in the breeze throughout the year, whilst bright-golden furry catkins liven things up in the spring time.
Ideal for growing in the ground or in containers that can be moved into position on a patio, terrace or even a balcony, this dwarf tree will stay compact and neat but bring a real unique feature to even the smallest of gardens.
A stunning solution to creating instant impact in a small space, this weeping willow will create a real talking point next spring.
These Dicksonia Antartica Tree Fern 'potter' logs are at least 10 years old, and have been cut back and harvested so they're dormant. When you water them via the top crown, they will burst back into life like it's the new rainy season.
Tree ferns were a firm plant-hunter's favourite back in Victorian times, a symbol of wealth and a badge to show they'd travelled to Australia. They have maintained this sense of mystique ever since. Now you can grow these surprisingly easy exotic looking plants, too.
Harvested under strict license from woodland clearance in Australia and Tasmania, these astonishing plants really will delight and amaze. They grow under the woodland canopy, in the shade, so grow them here in a sheltered spot too.
In the wild, because they grow in leaf canopies, most of their food comes from leaves falling into their giant shuttlecock like fronds, funnelling the nutrients into the growing crown. That's hard to achieve in UK gardens so we provide 500ml of concentrated tree fern food, which mimics this feeding method.
Even at this size of log at 20-25cm tall, new fronds of almost 1M in length will unfurl spectacularly within a month or so of you watering it. It's amazing when they come how quickly they grow.
The plant is hardy in winter, although the fronds will die back. Cutting these off when they die back is what creates the new trunk, which slowly inches up over many, many years. Keep the crown protected in winter with a layer of straw to keep cold and wet out.
When you get it home, plant it in a big pot, or in the garden soil. It takes almost two years to root in, so do not be alarmed by this slow growing beauty.