Its Bulb Planting Time!

Posted on: August 19th, 2019 by Stone Cross Garden Centre No Comments
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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:

 

 

 Allium bulbs

Allium

These offer perfect globes of flowers on tall stems that are perfect for adding height to the back of borders with some varieties hitting heights over a metre. They are largely care free and drought tolerant but they may need staking in areas of high winds. These are best planted in full sun in a well-drained soil. They multiply naturally so the bulbs can be left in situ untouched for years. After flowering you can deadhead the plants by cutting the head away directly below the flower head if you do not want them to naturally self seed. The seed can germinate in anything from 12 to 52 weeks. After flowering allow the foliage to wilt and turn yellow before pruning the stem at the base. You can at this stage lift and divide the bulbs if you want to removing the smaller bulblets around the outside of the main bulb.

 Anemone bulbs

Anemone

Eye-caching delights with cup shaped flowers that add life to gaps in borders.

They are often available in packs of mixed colour bulbs. These are low growing often not exceeding a foot in height. This makes them perfect for adding a bright dash of colour at the front of a border. Before you plant the bulbs it is advisable to soak them overnight in tepid water. This will tell the bulb to get growing. Just like the larger traditional perennial anemones the bulbs are happiest in partial shade with a well-drained soil. You can deadhead the spent flower heads to encourage further flowering. After the plant has finished flowering allow the foliage to die off naturally. They will multiply year after year forming good sized clumps. You can split the clumps in early autumn to reduce the size of the plant for the following year. They will benefit from a compost mulch in late-winter.

 Bluebell bulbs

Bluebell

The native blue flowering woodland beauty loves the dappled shade in a woodland style setting. The hanging flower heads are delicately perfumed and attract many insects. These bulbs will naturalise and reproduce multiplying in size year after year forming large clumps. Each bulb will grow to around ten inches in height and three inches for spread. The bulbs are care free are reliable performers so long as they do not waterlogged in the winter months.

 Crocus bulbs

Crocus

Bright low growing goblet shaped flowers in a wide range of colours are a sure sign spring is here. They grow to a height of four inches with a spread of two inches. These look great at the front of a border, in planters, in lawns and even in rockeries. They will naturalise and multiply over the years. For vibrant pops of colour late in winter little compares to these little gems!

 Daffodil bulbs

Daffodil

It’s not surprising that Daffodils remain one of the Uk’s best selling spring-flowering bulbs. When grown in plentiful bold swathes they offer vibrant blooms that require little attention and perform well year after year. The flowers on stems have outer petals and a raised central trumpet. There are many different types and varieties of flower forms and colours. Most of these will reach a height of around twelve to sixteen inches and are quite happy in full sun or partial shade.

Varieties include:

  • Carlton and King Alfred Select are both yellow single-shade varieties that bloom in March and April
  • For multi-headed varieties with fragrant flowers try:
    • Cheerfulness White with light yellow petals and a deeper yellow shade centre
    • Golden Yellow has strong yellow petals with a deeper yellow shade for the central trumpet
  • Our double flowering varieties include:
    • Ice king which features white petals and a creamy white central trumpet
    • Jack the Lad which is new to our 2019 range. The outer petals are a strong yellow but the centre has orange markings that look beautiful
 Freesia bulbs

Freesia

It is surprising that these spring-flowering corms are not more popular. A native of South Africa they are supplied in packs of mixed colour flowers. These blooms are scented and produced on top of ten inch straight stems making them perfect for use as a cut flower. The corms are best planted in pots in a cool greenhouse where they will then bloom, around April. So long as you plant in well-drained nutrient rich soil in a sunny position they are relatively care free.

 Fritillaria bulbs

Fritillaria

These come in two forms. Fritillaria, are the so called snakes-head varieties. These grow to around eight inches and have upturned goblet flowers that come in pure white or a purple and white almost checked pattern. This is where the name snakes-head comes from. Then there is the much more exotic Crown Imperial varieties with impressive exotic bell shaped flowers hanging below a green topknot of foliage. These should be planted eight inches deep in the ground in well-drained soil, in full sun out of the wind. These are absolute show stoppers!

For more on other bulbs then visit our next blog at : Bulb planting time part 1