May in the gardens is a time of beautifully lush foliage and flowers. “April is a promise that May is bound to keep”… after April’s showers we can now enjoy gorgeous blooms of irises, cosmos, clematis, salvias and alliums. The rhododendrons and azaleas are an amazing colourful sight to behold, and lilac trees are pretty in pink, purple and white.
Look out for...
Wisteria floribunda – spectacular clusters of violet-blue, pink or white flowers
Rhododendrons – stunning red, pink, purple, white and yellow flowers
Ceanothus 'Concha' – dense deep blue flowers with dark green leaves
Good time to...
Keep up with lawn mowing and watering the garden in growing season.
Plant up summer bedding in window boxes, pots, troughs and beds, to give you bright summer colour.
Gardens in the news
The iNaturalist app is a clever way to identify all kinds of flora and fauna. Upload a photo of your observations and discoveries, and other budding naturalists from all over the world will reply with identifications.
New garden layout design and new planting in Kennington
Rear garden patio and planting in Earlsfield