How to: plant and grow spring flowering bulbs in containers
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.
Posted on September 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Large container Classic spring flowering container
The classic design approache is using 3 elements .
- Thriller: A tall showey plant or tall flowering bulb, for example Cordyline, Fuchsia, Narcissi
- Spiller: Low to trialing plant or flowering bulb to hangover or soften the edges
of your container,Ivy, nepeta, lysmacia
- Filler:Medium plants or flowering bulbs to fill the gaps between the 'thrillers' and 'spillers'.Violas, Heuchera, Crocus, Dwarf Narcissi
Ensure that the bulbs have a sumilations flowering dates.
Designing Containers for a longer display period
The classic 3 type approach above can mean short display periods, in order to have the maximal display perid
use the layering apporach to ensure that there is a display through out the spring period.
for example, dwarf narcissi, dwarf iris and crocus.
- start with a pot at least 14" width line the bottom with broken clay pots
- Add a layer of compost
- Start with a layer of dwarf narcissi planted 12cm deep flower last
- add a layer of compost
- add a layer of dwarf iris planted above them and a layer of crocus on top.
- optionally add a layer of gravel or stone approx 1 inch thick
In a larger and deeper patio container you can add further layers of larger daffodils and tulips underneath to have flowering bulbs in bloom throughout the spring.
Using multi pots
Plant several containers with varieties that have various flowering dates for example
- Early: Crocus & Dwarf iris reticulata
- Mid: Hyacinths & Narcissi
- Late: Tulips
Planting tips for containers
Planting your bulbs in a container is an easy way to create a lot of colour in the spring for your garden.
Having several pots or containers on a patio can give your garden that uplift it needs in the spring. If you
have any pets or know you have lots of wild animals in your garden, then in autumn and winter place mesh over
the top of your container as this will stop your bulbs from being dug up. It is important to use a container with drainage holes, and you can also use the layering
method talked about above to create that longer lasting flowering period.
Whilst container are often chosen because of their looks/style you should also
- Ensure that the container is big enough to give plants room to grow
- Terracotta or Clay pots: Good for growing shrubs and perennials,but are heavy and cause soil to
dry out so not good for plant that need a lot of water.
- Plastic, or glazed pots: keep soil moist
- Wooden planters: Keep the soil and roots at a stable temperature
- Stone pots: look great, but are heavy