Planting bulbs in Autumn for Spring colour

With the nights drawing in and the days getting cooler we still have the gentle warmth and the gold and red hues of the Autumn ahead to look forward to. It's time to enjoy the peace of our gardens and sit back and plan next years floral displays, starting with the wonderful array of flower bulbs

 

Flower bulbs

One important job to do at this time of year is to head out to the garden to plant our bulbs for spring, so we thought we would share with you a few handy tips to ensure you get the best from them.          Firstly, plan where you would like to see your spring flowers, bearing in mind that some plants will prefer sun and some shade.                Daffodils and tulips are used to a warmer climate and will prefer sunshine, whereas woodland flowers will prefer shadier, cool areas.
Planting ideas are endless and will depend on the style of your garden or balcony. Scatter your plant bulbs around beds and borders, and use them to add early colour to containers such as terracotta pots, baskets, galvanised or antique planters.

Flower bulb fibre

 

Use a good quality compost and place your bulbs in a hole in the soil roughly two to three times the depth of your bulbs and gently back fill the hole with soil that has been broken up into a finer consistency this way it will slip around the bulb nicely.
Plant your bulbs shoot side up, if you are unsure plant the bulb sideways and it will find its way to the sunlight.

 

 

Place your bulbs in groups, bigger tends to be better, single flowers can look rather lonely so at least six but many people will use 25 -50 for a more spectacular display.                              Try using uneven numbers, this tend to look more natural, For an even more natural look throw the bulbs in the area you want them to grow and plant them in the spot they land in.

 

 

Try to plant bulbs that flower at different times during the spring so that they will flower one after another for a continuous display.    Flowers such as snowdrops, crocus, daffodils and tulips will appear first letting you know spring is on its way, followed later by bluebells and alliums. Check the packaging of the bulbs you have chosen, this will let you know when each of your plants will flower approximately.
Bulbs planted in containers will need to be kept watered and protected from frost.

A little time spent planting your bulbs over the coming weeks will reap rich rewards when your garden bursts into colour after the long haul of the winter months