Garden Bulbs are simply the easiest things to grow in the garden, providing bursts of colour, texture, and fragrance throughout the seasons. Once planted, there is very little effort needed and come in an array of spring and summer varieties that can transform your outdoor space into a blooming paradise.
Why Choose Garden Bulbs?
Spectacular Blooms: Garden bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, and lilies, produce stunning and vibrant blooms that can elevate the aesthetic appeal of any garden. With a wide range of colours, shapes, and sizes available, you can create breath-taking floral displays that captivate the senses.
Seasonal Interest: Garden bulbs offer both spring and summer varieties, allowing you to enjoy a continuous display of flowers throughout the year. Spring bulbs, like crocus, alliums and hyacinths, bring cheer after the long winter months, while summer bulbs, such as dahlias and gladioli, infuse your garden with vibrant colours during the warmer months.
Low Maintenance: Ideal for both experienced and novice gardeners, once planted, bulbs require minimal attention and you can always find a small pot or spot to fill with a bulb or two and they’re easy to look after and can thrive with basic care, including regular watering and occasional fertilisation. They are a great choice for those with busy lifestyles or limited time for gardening.
Naturalising Ability: Many garden bulbs have the remarkable ability to naturalise, meaning they can multiply and spread over time. This naturalisation process can lead to larger displays of flowers in subsequent years, providing long-lasting beauty without the need for constant replanting.
Planting Garden Bulbs:
Choose the Right Bulbs: Select bulbs that are suitable for your climate and growing conditions. Consider factors such as sunlight exposure, soil type, and moisture levels when choosing your bulbs. Ensure they are healthy and free from any signs of damage or disease before planting.
Timing: Plant spring bulbs in the autumn, ideally before the first frost, to allow them time to establish roots before winter. Summer bulbs should be planted in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Refer to our specific planting instructions for each bulb variety, as timing may vary.
Prepare the Soil: Prepare the planting area by removing any weeds or debris. Loosen the soil to a depth of about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) to ensure good drainage. You may also add organic matter, such as our premium compost or well-rotted manure, to improve the soil's fertility.
Planting Depth: As a general rule, bulbs should be planted at a depth that is roughly two to three times their own height. Consult the information you receive with your bulbs or check the product page on our website for precise planting depths, as some varieties may have specific requirements. Use a bulb planter, dibber or garden trowel to achieve the depth.
Spacing: Allow enough space between bulbs to accommodate their mature size and ensure proper airflow. Space them according to the guidelines provided for each specific variety, generally a few inches apart.
Orientation: Most bulbs have a distinct top and bottom. Plant them with the pointed or tapered end facing upward and the flatter or rooted end facing downward.
Watering and Care: After planting, water the bulbs thoroughly to help settle the soil and initiate root growth. Throughout the growing season, provide regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Apply a balanced fertiliser such as our Superior plant food to support healthy growth and flowering.
By incorporating garden bulbs into your growing space, you can enjoy a vibrant and ever-changing display of blooms throughout the seasons.