Plant spring bulbs between September and November to fill your garden with colour next spring. Daffodils, Tulips and Crocus’ are just some of the bulbs available to buy now.
Planting bulbs in a herbaceous border helps to fill gaps and provide welcome colour at a time when perennials and shrubs are not yet at their best. Drifts of single species can be planted to blend in with the general planting scheme of the garden, or try mixing different varieties to create an even and striking effect of bright colour.
They are also ideal for brightening up the base of trees, naturalising in lawns and planting in pots for your patio or doorstep. In short, no garden should be without a display of lovely spring bulbs!
Bulbs are some of the easiest garden plants to grow, needing only well-drained soil and some sunshine. However, for bulbs that return year after year, we recommend giving them a helping hand by digging some good quality compost into your soil before you plant. Something like New Horizon Organic and Peat Free Compost should give your bulbs a really good headstart.
As a general rule, plant bulbs two to three times their own depth and around two bulb widths apart. If your bulbs are pre-packed, check the information on the packet. It’s important to plant bulbs with the top facing upwards. Replace the soil after planting, breaking down any large clumps and firm in gently, making sure there are no air spaces around the bulbs.
To naturalise in lawns, take a handful of bulbs and drop them on to the lawn, then plant them where they land. Use a strong trowel or bulb planter to remove the plug of turf and soil, drop the bulb into the hole and crumble the soil back in. To save time, you can lift a larger piece of turf and plant several bulbs at once.
When growing bulbs in a pot, pick a container that is the right size for your chosen bulbs. Cover the drainage holes with broken pots as you would any other container and fill with a good quality multi-purpose compost mixed with a handful of horticultural grit. Plant as above and water straight after planting.