Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Planting Design - Spring Bulbs

Autumn is well underway and it’s a great time to start thinking about planting bulbs.  There’s nothing more cheering than a cluster of creamy narcissus on a dull spring morning.
I choose bulbs to create a succession of colour and interest from the first Snowdrops in January right through to the Alliums in June.  Order online through J Parker or GeeTee for great choice and prices.
Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrops) flower in January, plant in large drifts.

Next up are Crocus which will provide much needed colour throughout February and March.  I get a mixture of the large flowered and species and plant where you can see them.  They grow well in pots of naturalised in lawns and boders.  

Anemone blanda will poke up their heads in borders, under trees and in pots from March through ‘til April.  Their delicate nodding heads among fern-like leaves have earned them the common name Windflower.

Plant narcissus and daffodils in pots or naturalise in grass.  I keep mine in pots as I don’t like having the leave the scruffy looking foliage in my borders.  I simply hide the pots when they’ve flowered and bring them out again the next year.

I love this Narcissus Thalia – it’s scented and a lovely cream colour.

 Tulips will flower throughout April and May.  I prefer the pastel colours to the gaudy reds, but it’s a matter of personal preference.  There are so many different varieties to choose from including the blowsy paeony flowered and parrot types.  I usually select a mix of early and late flowering varieties and plant them in pots.  They don’t like to get too wet and do not last very long in the ground, so need to be re-planted every couple of years.

Alliums are perfect for bringing colour to your borders before herbaceous plants start to kick in.  Different varieties will flower from June onwards into July.  I like ‘Purple Sensation’ and ‘Christophii’.

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