Spring bulbs are simple to grow and give you bright joyous colour year after year! There a fantastic way of filling your garden with colour without breaking the bank. A few well placed pots full of bulbs or the under planting of spaces around deciduous shrubs will add life to your garden as you look through the window on even the most unpleasant wet rainy days!
Our range of autumn-planting spring-flowering bulbs and corms features the following delights:
These stalwarts of the late autumn and winter garden actually originated from the Mediterranean. This means they are at home in sunny locations as well as the more traditional shady woodland settings we would more often see them in the UK. Often the flowers, usually in shades of pink, appear before the leaves. The leaves are perhaps the most interesting feature. They are heart
Many people love the clusters of scented colourful blooms offered by indoor Hyacinths at Christmas. You can enjoy the same outside in the spring too. Growing to ten inches these Hyacinths flower in late March and April. They come in a wide range of colours. Could this be the best smell offered by any plant?
There are two types of Iris bulbs both offering intricately patterned distinctively shaped flowers in a range of colours. Dwarf Iris will grow to heights of around six inches and flower from February. Varieties such as Katharine Hodgkin are fragrant too. Dutch Iris will reach heights over eighteen inches and flower in June. They are perfectly at home when mixed in with other perennial plants. This variety also makes a great cut flower.
Lily of the Valley
Convallaria is very popular. Not only does it offer excellent groundcover hitting heights of eight inches but it also offers delicate arching stems of dainty white flowers in May. These flowers have a powerful perfumed punch. Bulbs should be planted in well-drained compost in full sun. Crowded clumps can be split in September.
Grape hyacinths flower in April and create a fabulous blue carpet of flowers and look sensational when under-planted around Daffodils. The plants grow to around six inches making them great at the front of borders. What is more the flowers are lightly scented. They can also be successfully grown in tubs amongst pansies.
These are one of the UK’s best loved flowers. These bulbs grow best in full sun but will cope with partial shade too. They offer consistent petals surrounding a central trumpet making them a real spectacle when planted together en masse. They can also be successfully grown in small spaces at the front of borders where the bright colourful blooms can really shine. A particular favourite is Jetfire which has golden yellow petals and a orange central trumpet.
Most plants that only grow to just four inches would not make much of an impact. Snowdrops are different. Flowering in February and March the delicate white flowers look beautiful nodding in the breeze. They can be planted in grass or borders looking particularly good when they form large clumps. They like partial shade and full sun.
There are many types of Tulip flowers. They can be traditional, bicoloured, parrot-like, double or fringed but all boast vivid electric colour. Three particular varieties of interest include:
- Red Riding Hood – These have red flowers with a black centre. The leaves are green with purple stripes. Growing to a foot in height this is great for deep pots and the front of borders.
- Ballerina – The vibrant orange flower with upright pointed petals is exciting enough to stand out from the crowd because of this alone but what really sets it apart from the rest is the sweet scent. This make it a must have!
- Labrador – This variety has luxurious dark purple flowers but it is the fringed edges to the petals that make this a real showstopper!
With all Tulips remember to plant them deeply. Six to eight inches is usually advised to help the stems to remain strong.
Once the flowers are spent, prune away just the flower heads. Then feed the plant for six weeks after they have finished flowering with Tomato Food. This will return goodness to the bulb for next year. Then allow the foliage to die down naturally. This will give you bigger and better displays next year.
We have more on bulb planting on our previous blog at: Its Bulb Planting Time Part 1