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Bulbs are an important element in any garden. They offer vibrant bursts of colour not only during spring but throughout the entire year. 

When to plant bulbs…

This will depend on when your chosen bulbs are going to flower. As a general rule plant spring-flowering bulbs in autumn and summer-flowering bulbs in spring. Your autumn and winter-flowering bulbs should be planted from late spring to summer.

Where to plant bulbs…

Most bulbs grow very well in pots, they will need a sunny spot, and well-drained soil. Other places to grow bulbs are:

  • Lawns
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Base of trees

Over the years they will naturalise and form a picturesque, organic drift.

When planting bulbs, it is important to plant them at the right depth. Bulbs that are planted too deep may only produce foliage or not emerge at all- however planting too deep is better than too shallow. The bulbs are at risk of being dug up accidently, or by wildlife. Generally, the rule of thumb is to plant bulbs three times their depth. However there are exceptions so its best to check the packaging first.

How to plant bulbs in the ground…

  • Dig a hole wide and deep enough for your bulbs, using a trowel or bulb planter
  • Place the bulbs in the hole with their pointed end facing upwards. Space bulbs at least twice the bulbs’ width apart
  • Fill the hole back in and water (if you’re planting in autumn and the soil is already moist there is no need to water straight away)


Top tip:

If you are planting straight into the ground and you have heavy soil try to improve the soil’s drainage. You can use well-rotted organic matter such as garden compost or well-rotted manure. You can also add horticultural grit or sand at the base of each planting hole.

If you’re planting your bulbs into containers click here for a guide to creating your own bulb lasagne- making the most of the season.