I'm a gardening expert and here are 5 easy plants to grow this weekend to get your garden ready for summer

THE WEATHER seems to be improving and the bank holiday weekend is almost here, so if you’re green-fingered, that means one thing.

The spring weather has seen gardeners flocking to their outside spaces to get them prepped and ready for summer.

However, if you’re a beginner, growing your own flowers can seem like a very daunting task.

But fear not, according to Gardeners' World, there are some flowers that are easier to grow from seeds than others, meaning you don’t have to be an expert to get your garden looking great. 

And if you’re off work for the bank holiday and need something to do, here are the five easy plants to plant in your garden so that they are blooming for summer. 

The experts explained: "You can sow many of these seeds straight out in the garden, in a patch of bare soil.

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"Or, if you don’t have space in the ground, you can grow them in pots and containers too."

California poppies

If you want poppies in your garden this Summer, it’s important to get them planted between March and May. 

California poppies come in yellow and orange, and sometimes even red and pink.

According to Gardeners' World: "They’re super easy to grow, flower for months, and readily self-seed, so you get more flowers next year.

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"They’re also loved by bees and other pollinators."

Nasturtium

If you want Nasturtium plants to bloom this summer, get them planted between March and June. 

Nasturtium plants produce bright orange, red or yellow flowers – perfect for a colourful garden.

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Gardeners' World said: "They’re also a magnet for bees and are great for growing amongst your veg – they’ll lure white butterflies away from cabbages and aphids away from beans.

Sweet Peas

Sweet peas need to be sown between March and May for flowers between June and October. 

They are delicate flowers which offer a wide variety of colours from blue to peach.

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Ensure to plant them in open, sunny positions, in welll-drained but moisture-retentive soil.

Sunflower

We all love sunflowers, right?!

Well, it’s important you sow the seeds between March and May and plant them out between May and June, for flowers between June and September.

They can grow up to two metres high and provide large yellow blooms.

You will need a sunny, sheltered spot and good soil and adding manure can provide an added punch for sunflowers.

Cosmos

Lastly, if you want Cosmos flowers to bloom this summer, plant them between May and June. 

Cosmos flower in shades of pink, white, burgundy and orange.

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Gardeners' World said: "You’ll need to act fast to give them as long a growing season as possible, so sow seeds in small pots as soon as you can.

"Then, when all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise them to outdoors before planting them out in May to June, and look forward to flowers July to October."

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