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Autumn Bulbs Selection and Planting hints by
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Plant Bulbs now for spring colour

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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Posted on September 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Bulbs in borders

Bulbs are an effortless yet beautiful addition to any boarder. They will bring colour and interest to your garden, and guarantee to come back every year without fail. When planting and growing bulbs, it is important to plant at least five to six in one group, this way when they flower it will give you a better display with more impact. Choose varieties with lots of colour that go well next to each other.

Formal planting

When planted in a fairly large group, spring-flowering bulbs make a valuable contribution to formal bedding displays. Try growing groups of early-flowering tulips in a bed which will be occupied by annuals later in the summer. As a general rule, the larger, showy varieties are better suited to a formal position in the garden.

Naturalising bulbs

Naturalising bulbs is a great way to brighten up lawns and wildflower areas. It is important to choose spring flowering bulbs, such as crocus and daffodil, as they will flower nice and early in the season. Planting large areas with drifts of daffodils, crocus and even snowdrops will allow you to effortlessly create wildflower look in your garden, bringing with the it the classic sign of spring. Naturalizing bulbs is a great way to give colour and bloom to parts of your garden during the season that may not always have it. For example, in larger grassed areas, under trees, and in areas of dry and damp shade.

Bulbs in pots

Planting bulbs in containers or pots is a great way to add some colour to your garden. As well as this, it is extremely easy, as most varieties of bulbs are ideal for growing in these conditions.

General Planting hints

  • Turn the soil over to a depth of about eight to ten inches. Add enough compost to make it loose and crumbly.
  • Don't plant your bulbs where you always see standing water in early spring. They like well-drained sites.
  • Get your bulbs in the ground in September, October, or early November-before the last hard frost. Cover the bulbs with soil, water well, and provide two to four inches of mulch on top of the soil.
  • Plant bulbs to their recommended depths: For daffodils, fritillarias, hyacinths, and tulips, plant six to eight inches deep; for crocuses, snowdrops, Spanish bluebells, and other small bulbs, plant three to four inches deep.
  • Add a balanced natural organic fertilizer in the spring when the bulbs first appear and again after they have bloomed. It is not necessary to add fertilizer to the bulbs as you plant them, but you need to help them recharge their food banks after they have bloomed.
  • Cut off the spent flower heads after your bulbs have bloomed, but don't cut off the foliage. The leaves help provide nutrients to what will become the next season's bulbs
  • Plant in drafts/clouds trainage not single or in straight lines
    • circular group
    • Triangles use less bulbs for impact
    • scatter bulbs for natural look
    • plant bulbs in groups for more striking effects 12 bulbs for large, 50 bulbs for smaller

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Gardeners Delight Nursey is a leading local family run Garden Centre, in North Devon which produces an extensive range of herbaceous perennials, bedding and vegetable plants, trees, shrubs, roses and clematis along with delicious fresh fruit and vegetables. 90% of these are grown on site using the skill and experience gained over 30 years of growing for the local coastal & moorland environment.

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