Aconites and others spring delights

After snowdrops Eranthis hyemalis winter aconites are one of the delights of spring. This woodland member of the buttercup family will swiftly multiply to form a glowing carpet of golden yellow flowers each spring. The cup shaped blooms of the winter aconite attract pollinating insects into the spring garden, and associate beautifully with snowdrops and bluebells for a spectacular woodland display. Virtually maintenance free, Eranthis hyemalis are ideal for planting in the dappled shade of deciduous trees, or naturalised in informal areas of grass.

However, I have found from experience they are hard to establish. The cheapest way to buy them is as small tubers but I have not had much success planting these directly in the borders. Maybe I was just feeding the mice but they seldom came up! However, I have found that planting in pots of compost in the autumn and leaving in a cool greenhouse is generally successful. 17_02_22_4980On the right the Winter Aconites and on the left  Anemone Blanda White Splendour which I treat in the same way. An additional benefit of this approach is that the greenhouse gets full of the scent of the Winter Aconites which is fantastic.

17_03_04_5026The border with the snowdrops beginning to fade.

17_03_04_5027The winter aconites ready for planting

17_03_04_5028The border now with a few splashes of yellow which will establish themselves into large clumps over the next few years.

Other spring delights

17_03_04_5031Everywhere you look at this time of year spring bulbs are bursting out.17_03_04_5032Crocus Pickwick coming back every year.

17_03_04_5035Borders of Helleborus Ashwoods Hybrids doing their own thing.17_03_04_5036

 

17_03_04_5037Crocus Joan of Arc under a row of step-over apples with tulips emerging behind.17_03_04_5038What could be more wonderful!

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22 thoughts on “Aconites and others spring delights

  1. What a clever idea for the aconites! I must try it. In this garden I have been lucky (in spite of the voles), because my aconites popped up the spring after planting. And what a joy! This is the most exciting time of year – your garden is looking full of promise!

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  2. And of course once the winter aconites are happy they spread with no help from you. I never noticed that they were fragrant, that is a bonus of having them in the greenhouse. Your spring garden is looking lovely.

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  3. I know what you mean about aconites. I have planted a few patches but the only place they are thriving is in the most difficult spot. Love your stepovers…. And grateful for the naming of Crocus Pickwick which I must have planted in my garden years ago without making a note of it. Every year it pops up without me knowing what to call it!

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