Planting a ‘Bulb Lasagne’ of spring flowering bulbs at this time of the year will deliver impact and colour to even the smallest of areas in spring. By layering bulbs (that flower at different times) in containers, it is possible to create a display that will continue all season long. Choose bulbs of different heights for maximum effect.
Popular combinations include Dwarf Iris or Crocus with Narcissus ‘Tete and Tete’ and Tulips. Or why not try Iris, Hyacinths and Tulips.
Follow these easy steps to create your bulb lasagne:
- 1. Choose a container – the larger the better as you can fit more bulbs in each layer
- 2. Add a layer of gravel across the bottom of your container for added drainage
- 3. Add a thick layer of compost – Levington seed & cutting compost is ideal for planting bulbs in containers as it a soil-based compost that contains lower levels of fertiliser
- 4. Plant the latest flowering bulbs first and cover with a layer of soil
- 5. Continue layering your bulbs by their required depth, moving to the earliest in the top layer
- 6. Remember to water in and place your container somewhere sheltered from hard frosts
7. Inspect your container from time to time to make sure your compost stays moist but not waterlogged and watch out for any pest damage.