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Marigolds

Marigolds

Marigolds

Last week we chatted about one of the most colourful plants of all, roses. These stalwarts of the garden are a little investment, in both time and cash. They'll take a while to achieve their full potential. However, if you're impatient, gardening to a budget and yet still love colour, then read on!

To achieve a brilliant display which can include all the colours of the rainbow in your plot as early as possible in the summer in your gardens takes a little planning. Just about now our bulbs are beginning to show - these were probably planted last autumn and starting with snowdrops and crocus will keep us interested right through to early summer.

Spring will soon be upon us, our soil hasn't really cooled down that much over the winter as the climate has been unusually mild after successive years of being unusually harsh. So, you can begin to prepare the colourful progression of plants by following this guide to indoor sowing of half-hardy annual seeds.