The late spring garden tour of the Middlesized Garden
I’d like to take you on a late spring garden tour, because May is such a beautiful month in the garden.
And I have some recommendations for good garden plants for small or middle-sized gardens in late spring.
The last tulips
There are some wonderful late tulips for the late spring garden. They bridge the gap between the daffodils and the roses. Many will go on flowering until the end of May, depending what the weather is.
Bright acid greens
One of the best things about the late spring garden is the bright acid greens from emerging foliage and from plants like euphorbia.
If you don’t care for euphorbia’s stinging sap, then consider Smyrnium perfoliatum. It’s a biennial which self-sows around my garden, but disappears completely from July onwards.
The last of the fruit tree blossom
Add something unusual…
I genuinely think that this Clematis ‘Recta’ is very unusual, as I haven’t seen it in any other gardens. Though feel free to tell me it was very fashionable twenty years ago and is now outdated…
It pops up in a purple-black mound in May, then suddenly explodes into a froth of white flowers in June. These surge across the border, covering several yards. I cut it down to the ground in late autumn but otherwise it doesn’t seem to need any other care.
Time to prune evergreen hedges – or not!
Add some structure for a late spring garden
See more of the garden in video
I think you can see more of a garden in video. So there are longer shots of these plants, plus some May gardening jobs, in the Middlesized Garden May garden tour video.
Shop my favourite gardening books, products and tools
I’m often asked for recommendations so I’ve put together some lists of gardening books, tools and other products I use myself on the Middlesized Garden Amazon store. Links to Amazon are affiliate which means I get a small fee if you buy, but I only recommend the products I buy and use myself. And it doesn’t affect the price you pay.
For example, if you’ve recently started growing your own veg and fruit, then here is the list of the grow your own books that have really helped me grow delicious beans, spinach, salad and more. And I am not a natural veg grower – if I can do it, anyone can!
Pin to remember late spring garden plants
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