Planting a ‘Bulb Lasagne’ of spring flowering bulbs at this time of the year offers impact and colour, even the smallest of areas. By layering bulbs in containers that will flower at different times it is possible to create a display that will continue all spring long.
Most spring bulbs be can grown in a bulb lasagne, but for the display to work you need to ensure that you pick three types of bulb that look good together and will give a display of flowers that will last for several weeks. Try to choose bulbs that grow to different heights as this will create a more striking spring display.
Popular combinations include Dwarf Iris, Narcissus ‘Tete and Tete’ and Tulips or you why not try Muscari, Hyacinths and Tulips. The secret to producing a striking display of spring bulbs begins by only using the best quality products. When buying spring bulbs it is vital that you always check their quality. A healthy bulb should be firm and plump. There should be no signs of damage or disease and any that are soft or shrivelled should be rejected. Here at Perrywood we only buy from top quality suppliers and we bag up a lot of the bulbs in-store so we also check the bulbs as we do so.
After selecting your bulbs you need to the following:
- Choose a container. To create a successful succession of flowers, the larger the container the better as you can fit more bulbs in each layer
- Add a layer of gravel across the bottom of your container for added drainage
- Add a thick layer of compost. For container-grown bulbs, you want a compost mix that’s well drained but still holds adequate moisture. Because the bulb itself is a food storage structure, bulbs in their first year of planting need little or no fertilizer when you plant them. Perrywood Seed and Cutting compost is ideal for planting bulbs in containers as it a soil-based compost that contains lower levels of fertiliser
- Plant the largest and latest flowering bulbs first and cover with a layer of soil
- Continue layering your bulbs by their required depth, moving to the smallest and earliest in the top layer. The emergent shoots of the lower layer bulbs just bend round anything they hit sitting over their heads and keep on growing till it’s time to flower
- Remember to water in and place your container somewhere sheltered from hard frosts
Inspect your container from time to time to make sure your compost stays moist but not waterlogged and watch out for any pest damage. Squirrels, birds and mice are known for digging up bulbs so it may be worth attaching a layer of chicken wire over the top of your container to keep it pest free. Other than this all you need do is wait patiently and you should be rewarded with a wonderful display of flowers next spring.
More on Spring bulbs
Amongst all garden flowers, spring flowering bulbs are some of the most popular and easily recognised. Spring flowering bulbs are often the first flowers to appear after winter, brightening up your garden. The beauty of growing bulbs is that they are ideal for even the most inexperienced gardeners as they do all the hard work for you. Inside every bulb is a store of concentrated energy and a preformed flower bud that is waiting to develop into stunning flowers.
Here at Perrywood we have one of the largest ranges of bulbs in the area. We set aside a large section of our retail ‘Garden Shop’ to displaying pre-packed and loose spring bulbs. These include the all-time favourites such as Crocuses, Snowdrops, Daffodils and Tulips as well as more unusual types such as Ornithogalum, Chinodoxa and Puschkinia. We also have some available in our online shop. Growing spring flowering bulbs in containers is a great way to experiment with bulbs that are new to you and allows you the easily change the appearance of your garden every year.
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