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‘How to’? Plant Now for Spring Colour

Bringing out colour in your garden in the springtime is incredibly satisfying, giving you much needed glimpses of colour after the winter.

When to plant

The easiest and most effective way to add colour and drama to your garden is to start planting in the autumn time.

Using a variety of different spring bulbs and plants it’s easy to create focal points, welcome visitors with cheerful displays and add a touch of bright colour to your beds, borders and patios, not forgetting next to walls and sheds.

Container combinations

You can under plant autumn/winter bedding plants with spring flowering bulbs to get several months of colour out of one pot! Daffodils and tulips in particular look great mixed with pansies & violas, ivy, thymes and other foliage bedding.

Adding evergreen shrubs like Buxus or Skimmia adds structure, and once Spring is over you can leave them in the pot and simply replace pansies & violas etc. with Summer bedding.

Or plant bulbs on their own, and then use these pots of colour to fill in gaps in your beds and borders. Pots full of one colour can look very dramatic. You may also like to check out our Bulb Lasagne ‘How To’ leaflet in-store.

Top Tip: Check the height the bulbs will grow to ensure they work well with the pot size and height of other plants.cluster of bulb planting


Rachel combined these blood red wallflowers with red and white tulips.  Using these vivid colours, she transformed a shady corner of her garden into a dramatic focal point.

Ersimum Blood Red mixed with Tulipa Dolls Minuet

Top Tip: Get maximum container impact by minimising your colour and bulb choices.  The simpler combinations are most effective.


Here is our top list of bulbs for planting this autumn depending on your garden:

Clay: Tulip, Cyclamen, Muscari, Fritillaries, Hyacinth, Galanthus
Coastal or Alpine: Crocus, Snowdrops, Chionodoxa, Muscari, Anemone, Scilla
Woodland: Anemone Numerosa, Erythronium, Cardydalis, Ornithnogalum, Scilla, Minature Narcissus
Beds: Fritillaries, Alliums, Crocus, Hyacinth, Muscari, Iris, Chionodoxa, Cyclamen Coum
Shade: Galanthus, Muscari, Lily of the Valley, Anemone Blanda, Erythronium