Plant Now for spring colour

Autumn Bulbs to plant now for spring Colour

Easy to grow and care for, bulbs can be used to bring spring colour in to your flower beds, brighten up shady areas and help to naturalise your lawn, as well as creating colourful containers. Our range include snowdrops, bluebells, Grape hyacinth, daffodils ,Tulips, Crocus and anemones.

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Using Autumn bulbs

Bulbs can be used in flower beds to provide the bridge to full summer colour, to naturalise a boaring lawn. add colour to shade areas, bring spring colour to patio and hard landscape areas.

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Designing Containers for spring

Spring flowing bulbs in containers, pots and window boxes provide instant impact at the start of spring. By combining two, three or more bulbs that flower at different times can lengthen the period of time you have colour for. Planting in layer's can also generate longer lasting displays.
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Naturailse a lawn

A delight of spring are Drifts of daffodils, snowdrops and crocus. they are simple to create and will last for many years. The only drawback of growing bulbs in grass is that you cannot cut the grass for six weeks after the bulbs have flowered (chop off the foliage earlier and next year's flowering will be adversely affected). This can be overcome by choosing early-flowering varieties, or creating a mixed area with summer flowering plants and wild flowers.
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What to plant in a shady area

not all bulbs will grow well in shade: most daffodils and narcissi are likely to emerge spindly and blind – not producing any flowers at all. But choose a smaller flowering bulb that does not need so much light or moisture as others, and you are onto a winner. list buls here
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Anemone

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Anemone bulbs (also called wildflowers) create an interesting, vibrant impact in the garden. They look like an unusual, delicate oriental flower, but can withstand all weathers, as they are very resilient and durable. They return year after year to give your garden that beautiful burst of colour in the spring that is much needed. Variety include:-

  • NEMEROSA WHITE

  • RANUNCULOIDES

  • BLUE SHADES

  • CHARMER

  • WHITE SPLENDOUR

  • Yellow

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Crocus Chrysanthus

Crocus Chrysanthus

Crocus are part of the iris family, and are a perennial bulb. They come back every year, and bring with them blooms in a variety of colour. These bulbs are ideal for some colour in the winter and can also naturalize over time. We supply large grade, high quality bulbs, in a wide variety for you to choose from. Variety include:-

  • CREAM BEAUTY

  • RUBY GIANT

  • BARRS PURPLE

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Fritillaria

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Fritillaries are a stunning addition to your garden, whether that be in a container or flower bed, as they bring a splash of colour to your garden. These bulbs thrive and grow fantastically in a partly shaded to full sun position. Variety include:-

  • IMPERALIA AURORA

  • MAXIMA LUTEA AGM

  • MELEAGRIS (snakes head)

  • IVORY BELLS

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Galanthus

Galanthus

Snowdrops (Galanthus) are one of the first signs of spring. They normally are found growing under hedges or short grass, as they thrive best with some shade. You can also plant them in containers of flower beds for some impact. Variety include:-

  • ELWESII

  • NIVALIS

  • NIVALIS WHITE CLOUD

  • S.ARNOTT

  • WORONOWII

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H. non scripta

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Bluebell great to naturalise lawns and in combinations in pots/containers. The Alba is a white bluebell Variety include:-

  • ALBA

  • BAKKUMS BLUE

  • ENGLISH BLUEBELL

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Leucojum

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Leucojum are also known as 'snowflakes', and are often confused with snowdrops as they have similar white bell-shaped flowers. Leucojum will thrive in a variety of positions, from full sun to partial shade, making them an easy plant to grow. They can have a high impact in your garden when they are grouped together in a small cluster of four or five.
Variety include:-

  • VERNUM AGM

  • GRAVETYE GIANT

  • SUMMER SNOWFLAKE

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Muscari

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Muscari is a completely hardy bulb, that will come up year after year. They will produce spikes of dense, most commonly blue, urn-shaped flowers, resembling bunches of grapes in the spring that produce a lovely fragrance.
Variety include:-

  • LATIFOLIUM AGM

  • PEPPERMINT

  • VENUS

  • BABYS BREATH

  • CAROLA

  • CHRISTMAS PEARL

  • HELENA

  • BLUE MAGIC

  • GRAPE ICE

  • GOLDEN FRAGRANCE

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Some of our best selling bulbs


Genus

Name

Notes

Example
Anemone blanda BLUE SHADES Shades of blue flowers 4cm wide, with 9-14 strap-shaped petals, open from early to late spring Sun to light shade in humus rich soil Ht 15cm March/April Anemone-blue-shades
Fritillaria MELEAGRIS (snakes head) Nodding (snakes head) flowers from plum to white Happy on damp heavy soil in shade Good for naturalising Ht 15cm March - April Fritillaria-meleagris
SnowDrop NIVALIS Common SNOWDROP Single fragrant white flowers 2.5cm in length, the inner segments marked with green at the tip Ht 15cm Feb/March Galanthus-nivalis
Bluebell ENGLISH BLUEBELL ENGLISH BLUEBELL light shade in humus rich soil. hnon-scripta-English-bluebell
Grape hyacinth LATIFOLIUM AGM M. latifolium is a deciduous bulbous perennial to 20cm, with a single leaf to each bulb, with dense racemes of deep blue-black flowers in spring, topped by a grown of pale violet sterile flowers Muscari-latifolium-agm
DAFFODILS TETE TETE RHS AGM variety Very reliable popular variety multi headed golden yellow trumpets Ht 30 cm in March/April Narcissi-tete-tete
DAFFODILS GRAND SOLEIL D'OR Produces 10 to 20 bright-yellow flowers with orange centers on stems 12 to 14 inches tall, and exudes a marvelously sweet fragrance. Well-drained soil in full sun
DAFFODILS JACK SNIPE RHS AGM bred in Cornwall Compact scented bi colour cream petals yellow trumpet Ht 20cm Flowers in March/April Narcissi-jack-snipe
DAFFODILS MORE AND MORE Tiny bright yellow, highly scented flowers, borne on strong stiff stems each of which are often topped with 3 or more flowers, one bulb can produce 5 stems. spreads quickly Ht12 cm in April Narcissi-More-and-More
Leucojum aestivum GRAVETYE GIANT Superior form of summer snowflake Bulbous perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and umbels of bell-shaped white, flowers, each tepal often tipped with green Sun to part shade Ht 50-60 cm Flowers in April - May leucojum-aestivum-gravetye-giant
Crocus Chrysanthus Snow Bunting Snow bunting has fragrant white flowers which are geenish yellow in the throat, with orange stigmas. They like a sunny position, and will grow to 10cm in height. Flowers in March rocus-snow-bunting
Tulip Black parrot Black parrot has large flared heads with feathered edges. The flowers are a rich velvety marron-black colour. They will grow to 50cm, and flower from April/May Tulip-black-parrot.jpg

Some of our more Unusual bulbs


Genus

Name

Notes

Example
Snowdrop ELWESII Giant Snowdrop RHS AGM Broad, glaucous leaves and nodding, solitary white flowers in late winter, the outer segments to 2.5cm in length, inner ones flared at tip, with both basal and apical green marks that sometimes merge into one Ht 30cm Jan to March Galanthus nivalis white cloud
Snowdrop NIVALIS WHITE CLOUD Single fragrant white flowers 2.5cm in length, the inner segments marked with green at the tip LARGER ROBUST FLOWERS USUALY 2 PER STEM Ht 15cm Feb/March Galanthus nivalis white cloud
Snowdrop S.ARNOTT Giant Snowdrop RHS AGM Tall, thick petalled, very white, scented (when it is warm) and vigorous to increase (although it never sets seed) Ht 20cm March S.ARNOTT
Snowdrop WORONOWII Strap-like bright green leaves and nodding white flowers in early spring, with green markingson the inner segments Ht 15cm Feb to March Galanthus-woronowii
Bluebell ALBA Hyacinthoides non scripta alba is a RARE white flowered form of the "English Bluebell" Hnon-scripta-Alba
Bluebell BAKKUMS BLUE Very dark blue form of the "English Bluebell" English-bluebell
Muscari a. PEPPERMINT Pale blue flower that is slightly darker at the base with a creamy top Highly recommended variety April 10-20cm Muscari-peppermint
Muscari armeniacum BABYS BREATH NEW The flowers that are blue, deeper blue at the top with a spcey scent. Strong stems good cut flower sun to part shade April 20cm Muscari-Babys-Breath
Muscari a. GRAPE ICE NEW Burgundy purple flowers with a white top sun to semi shade April 20cm Muscari-grape-ice
Narcissi PIPPIT A lovely Jonquilla daffodil bearing two or three lemon-yellow flowers per stem, the cups quickly fadingto creamy-white. Sweetly fragrant Ht 45cm Flowers in April Narcissi-Pippit
Narcissi SAILBOAT NEW Multi headed narcissi with white outer petals & light yellow trumpet Ht 25cm Flowers in March/April Narcissi-sailboat
Crocus Tommasinianus Crocus ruby giant Ruby Giant has reddish-purple flowers, in spring, that open to show a bright orange stigma. They like a sunny position, and will grow up to 10cm in height. Flowers from February Crocus ruby giant
Tulip BLUE HERON Flowers are two tones, with violet-purple petals and a dainty crystal fringed edge. They will grow to 65cm in height, and flowers from May Tulip-blue-heron

Narcissi

Narcissi

Daffodils are the highlight of spring. They look great in any garden either planted in containers, in borders, or under trees and shrubs. Whilst traditionally thought of as a yellow flowering bulb, we have many unusual varieties that come in colors of white or pink.
Variety include:-

  • TETE TETE

  • TINY BUBBLES

  • TOPOLINO

  • TOTO

  • CONTINGA

  • EARLY CHEER

  • GOLDEN BELLS

  • GRAND SOLEIL D'OR

  • HUGH TOWN

  • JACK SNIPE

  • MINNOW

  • MORE AND MORE

  • PANCREBAR

  • PIPPIT

  • PUEBLO

  • SAILBOAT

  • SEGOVIA

  • SUN DISC

  • AVALANCHE

  • SILVER CHIMES

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Tulips

Tulips

Tulips Tulips are one of the most popular bulbs. They provide brilliant shapes, colours and heights, that can bring depth to your garden. Tulips can be used in beds and boarders, but are also ideal for containers. Tulips like to be in well-drained soil and in a sunny position. Tulips can also make an impact in your garden when planted in larger groups and blocks. Try and pick varieties that complement each other in colour when planting close together.
Variety include:-

  • APRICOT BEAUTY

  • AVIGNON

  • BALLERINA

  • BIG SMILE

  • BLACK JACK

  • BLACK PARROT

  • BLUE HERON

  • FANCY FRILLS

  • MATCHPOINT

  • POCO LOCO

  • QUEEN OF NIGHT

  • RED REVIVAL

  • SWAN WINGS

  • TEMPLE OF BEAUTY

  • VIOLET BEAUTY

  • WHISPERING DREAM

  • YUME NO MURASAKI

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