Jane Perrone from theguardian said that Now is the moment to fill every spare container and bare patch of earth with summer bedding. If you’re bored with petunias, lobelias and the usual “pub hanging basket” favourites, there are lots of more exotic options: I’ve listed five of my favourites below. If you’re panicking that you haven’t got started with any gardening yet, don’t worry, there’s plenty you can get on with now to kickstart the growing year.
If you’re looking for some garden drama, choose cannas. These are statement plants for a large pot or border, growing as tall as you, with lush leaves topped with flowers in tropical shades of pink, orange, red and yellow. Tropicanna Black has dark purple leaves and red flowers, while Phasion has leaves striped in orange, pink and green, and orange flowers.
Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata) is an annual climber that looks fantastic romping up a sunny trellis or over a pergola, its red and yellow flowers rising like flames from the lobed leaves.