Alison J Best's exhibition, called Blossoming Out: The Art of the Garden, is in her own words a celebration of the joy of flowers and plants with her depictions of snowdrops seen growing beside a road in Burnopfield, forsythia, iris, Canterbury bells
, honeysuckle, daisy, colchicums, stitchwort, clover, toadflax, spring hellebore, foxglove, star of Bethlehem, wood anemone, rudbeckia, tulip, celandine, speedwell, daffodil and philadelphus.
EFFORT/SOW Canterbury bells
(pictured), foxgloves and hollyhocks.
"My favourite part of the whole garden however is the herbaceous borders which are full of flowers such as dahlias, day lilies, artichokes, iris, sea holly and Canterbury bells
. One side has cool colours and the other side has hot colours.
There are many other subjects, such as Canterbury Bells
, that can be sown this way in seed trays and transplanted later.
If you only grow the cute little alpine varieties or a few Canterbury bells
, take a tip ...
Traditional favourites: Aquilegia; Canterbury Bells
; Lupins; Pansies; Wallflowers.
Mind the gap Sow herbaceous perennials such as Achillea, Canterbury Bells
and Coreopsis in a sheltered, sunny spot in the garden.
BEST OF THE BUNCH Campanula (bellflower) These summer-flowering favourites come in a range of sizes and colours, but among the most popular are the Canterbury Bells
No cottage garden would be complete without its Canterbury bells
. The oldfashioned types such as Cup and Saucer Mixed tend to produce large bulky plants which require plenty of space, but there are modern varieties such as Chelsea Mixed which is better suited to smaller gardens, growing to around 12 inches.
"I've introduced plants with either a musical or religious theme; the rose, Symphony, Jacob's Ladder, the Bishop of Llandaff dahlia and Canterbury Bells
TRANSPLANT wallflowers, Sweet William and Canterbury Bells
into a nursery bed so that they can increase in size ready for planting out into their permanent positions in autumn.
SOW hardy biennials such as delphiniums, Canterbury bells
and lupins in a spare bit of ground and transplant them into the garden in the autumn and they should flower next spring and summer.
Other seeds that you can try sowing outdoors now include pansies, double daisies, forget-me-nots, foxgloves, Canterbury bells
, verbascums and Iceland poppies.
Plant biennials such as foxgloves, Canterbury bells
and honesty, where you want them to flower next year.
# Biennials include wallflowers, foxgloves, Canterbury bells