On a trip to the garden centre or DIY store at this time of year you will find a wide variety of bulbs that can be planted now for a wonderful Spring display. My favourites for planting right now are daffodils, snowdrops, English bluebells, Fritillaria, iris, hyacinths and crocus. You can plant tulips too but I tend to leave these until late October. This is because they can rot in the ground if it is too warm and you want them planted about 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes for winter.
How do I plant bulbs?
- Choose bulbs that are firm to the touch, free from any mould and make sure they are not rotten. I know this sounds common sense but I have bought packs of bulbs before that I didn’t notice were a little mushy! You can also plant bulbs left over from last year that you have stored in a dry place. As long as they are healthy, get them in the ground!
- Choose you site and clear it of any weeds. You can plant amongst the other plants too to bring added colour in the Spring.
- Dig according to the depth on your bulb packet. Make sure the hole is wide and deep enough for your bulb.
- Your bulb needs to be planted ‘nose’ up and with the roots pointing downwards.
- Replace the soil around the bulb and firm it down.
- I always water the bulbs too so they can put down roots before the winter.
For a natural look, throw a handful of bulbs in your space and plant the bulbs where they land. This is great in larger areas such as woodlands.
My Favourite bulbs are:
For woodland or shaded areas: snowdrops, English bluebells and Fritillaria.
For cottage style planting: iris, daffodils.
For formal planting: globemaster alliums, tulips.
In pots: hyacinths, iris, tulips.
There are some lovely combinations that you can achieve with bulbs and it is so satisfying when they flower in the Spring.