All hail the darling buds of May

All hail the darling buds of May View Gallery
Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’, a herbaceous variety

At last winter has released its grip, and gardens around the country are bursting into glorious life. Here are some gorgeous flowering plants leading the charge

The growing year is well under way and many gardeners are already struggling to keep up with all the jobs that need doing like getting to the end of a seed-sowing list, potting-on existing seedlings, planting, weeding – the tasks are endless. It’s also important to admire the plants that are putting on a show in the May garden, and pinpoint any gaps that could be filled with a May-flowering tree or shrub or some colourful early summer bulbs and perennials.

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