Gardening expert explains which ornamental flowers you can plant outside now

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Ornamental flowers will add colour, texture and a beautiful floral fragrance to your garden. While it may be tempting to stick to herbs or perennial shrubs, delicate flowers in multiple colours are guaranteed to add excitement to your garden. So what are the best flowers to plant outside now? Whether you’ve got a balcony, a patio, a huge garden or a courtyard, some of these flowers are bound to take your fancy.

Gardening expert and founder of plant subscription box Lazy Flora, Claire Ransom, shared exclusively with which flowers you could plant now.

She said: “If you’re looking at flowering plants, so if you want ornamental plants, rather than plants to eat, all your regular, standard plants.

“So some seeds that I’ve planted that are at the stage where I’m going to plant them outside are some petunias and some cornflowers.

“I’ve got some cosmos, sweet peas as well, you can actually plant sweet peas directly into the ground at this time of year.

“But I started from seeds in March in my kitchen.”

While for many parts of the UK it’s well past the season for frost, if you do find the temperatures are dropping a bit, you can cover your plants.

Another plant that Claire has found to be “popular” this year is dahlias.

She said: “If you’ve got dahlias tubers and you want to put some of those in the ground, you need to be absolutely sure the frost has passed.

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“Those are going to look amazing in mid to late summer.”

She added: “There’s so many different kinds and they’ve got really whacky colours and such big, amazing blooms. I adore them.”

There are 42 species of dahlia – some are flat, others have look like pompoms and others look a bit like a cactus.

They come in a plethora of colours and are ideal for brightening up a flower bed.

Claire also said now is the perfect time to plant out raspberry and blueberry plants among other edible plants.

Lazy Flora’s subscription box offers a variety of outdoor plants, indoor plants and edible plants to individuals who may not have direct access to a garden centre.

Every plant Lazy Flora offers has a plant care guide which describes what conditions your plant will thrive best in.

Even those who have a reputation for killing plants can find out how often their plants need watering, what humidity they prefer and when they flower.

Claire founded Lazy Flora in 2017 after finding it difficult to create an urban oasis on her city balcony.

Without a car, she would often struggle to carry bags of compost and delicate plants on the bus from garden centres to her home.

She began looking for a plant subscription delivery service, and when she couldn’t find one, decided to start her own.

Lazy Flora offers both subscription services and one-off purchases for those looking both a permanent subscription service or a gift for loved ones.

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