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Planting Bulbs..…

Bulbs, corns and tubers are excellent for bringing colour and structure to the garden and can be used in a variety of situations from dramatic border displays to naturalising in lawns and woodland areas, to fantastic bright colourful container displays.  These are some of the easiest plants to grow and will bloom year after year all that's needed is well drained soil as bulbs are prone to rot and plenty of sunshine

Some bulbs bloom when the rest of the garden is dormant during the winter months snowdrops, scillia's and crocus are some of the first to flower in the year. These are followed by tulips, daffodils and hyacinths to mention a few. They come in a variety of spices and colours and bring lovely welcome Spring colour to a otherwise quite bare garden. Plant them in between perennials and shrubs to bring interest whilst waiting for the perennials to start to grow. Drifts of daffodils in a lawn or naturalising crocus and scillia's under trees and shrubs certainly brings eye catching colour to an otherwise grey area.

As a rule plant the bulb twice the depth of the bulb and around two bulbs wide. Make a hole either with a trowel or bulb planter place the bulb facing upwards sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the top and the bottom of the bulb, if this is the case plant the bulb on its side. Replace the soil and press down firmly to ensure that there are no air pockets.


If a natural look is what you are after in lawns or around trees take a handful of bulbs and just drop them and plant them where they land, again use a trowel or bulb planter to take out a plug of soil plant the bulb and replace the plug.

Bulbs planted in pots can be a valuable addition to the patio area different bulbs can be planted for a mixed display or the same bulbs of one variety give an effective colourful show. Make sure the compost is kept moist and protect from frost if it is a particular harsh winter.  Choose your container ensuring it has drainage holes place broken pots at the bottom of the container, fill the container with a mixture of compost mixed with horticulture grit to help with extra drainage. Plant the bulbs by placing them with the top of the bulb facing upwards press down firmly to ensure the compost surrounds the bulbs with no air pockets, backfill and water.


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"Fill your garden with easy to grow spring colour by planting bulbs from september onwards follow our planting guide for bulb depth."