Osteospermums produce prolific flowers in the spring. They are not that hardy and won’t withstand prolonged frosts but will survive mild winters. They are probably best in pots so that they can be protected in winter. If in a pot they mustn’t be allowed to dry out for a long period because they will go in to a hibernation state to withstand the drought and won’t produce any flowers. They don’t like being too wet either. The photo was taken of a plant left outside on a rooftop garden in central London.
Muscari is a spring flowering bulb with the common name of Grape Hyacinth. They like a neutral to acid soil that is not too rich, in full sun or light shade. They multiply quite quickly so careful thought needs to be given to their position so that do not become invasive. They can be an interesting feature in pots.
This evergreen flowering shrub is easy to grow and makes a great background for any large border. It flowers late autumn to early spring. It can grow up to 2.5 metres in height and this takes 10 to 15 years to reach. Its not fussy about soil PH but likes the ground well drained.