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5 bulbs to plant now for striking spring colour

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Spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips are easy to grow you simply dig a hole, pop them in and wait!  They are time bombs, which are ready and waiting to explode with scent and colour just as you wake up from the ‘big sleep’. Let’s delve into five fantastic bulbs that you can get planting for a delightful spring display.

Daffodils

some yellow daffodil flowers in spring

Daffodils radiate sunshine even on the dullest day. They are happiest in full sun where bulbs ripen well and perform stunningly year after year. In shade, they may only produce a sheath of leaves. Golden yellow Narcissus variety ‘Peeping Tom’ grows to 30cm tall and is a firm favourite with flowers that can last for weeks during a cool spring.

Daffodil bulbs should be planted by the end of September. Planting time for crocus and most other bulbs is October through to November, whilst late flowering tulips will still come up trumps even if they are left until December. For your best-ever spring garden, stagger planting times as well as varieties to enjoy a succession of colour that will last the whole season.

Tulips

Close-up of a black tulip and many others in the background. Flo

Tulips come in an incredible variety of colours, heights, and flower shapes, and some are even fragrant. Ever popular is the almost black ‘Queen of Night’, which produces exotic shimmering velvety, deep maroon-black blooms on strong sturdy 60cm stems, which makes it an excellent cut flower too.

Tulips come in an incredible variety of colours, heights, and flower shapes, and some are even fragrant. Ever popular is the almost black ‘Queen of Night’, which produces exotic shimmering velvety, deep maroon-black blooms on strong sturdy 60cm stems, which makes it an excellent cut flower too.

Hyacinths

hyacinth flowers close-up in the garden

For something a bit different, try ‘Festival’ hyacinths which are multi-stemmed varieties producing several airy plumes of flowers rather than a single dense flower spike. You can also grow bulbs in pots to create mobile displays to move around the garden. And, if it’s fragrance you’re after, the rich scent of hyacinths is hard to beat.

Grow them in pots and to ensure their scent will not get blown away group the pots in a sunny spot that is sheltered from strong winds by a backdrop of evergreen shrubs. Wafting their sweet vanilla scent, hyacinths bloom during March an April. If your soil is heavy and inclined to waterlog, work in plenty of grit or pea to reduce risk of the bulbs rotting. The Dutch cultivars can produce 60 to 70 florets, so splash your cash and buy the biggest bulbs! Popular varieties are ‘Delft Blue’ and ‘Pink Pearl’.

Alliums

Bulbs are perfect for when you need to be budget conscious, as they will create dazzling displays that pack a mighty punch – even on the veg, where they can be grown in rows for cut flowers. Alliums or ornamental onions are shining stars of the garden in mid-May. They fit into every kind of planting from wild meadows and cottage style flowerbeds to contemporary containers. The purple drumstick heads of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ are a must-have but be aware that they don’t like waterlogged soil and must have full sun.

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Crocus

Krokus Crocus flavus
A popular idea when growing on a budget is to buy in bulk and scatter bulbs, such as daffodils and crocus, liberally across the lawn so that they appear as if by magic, like nature planted them. Crocus chrysanthus are enchanting and bloom from February to March. Slugs and snails will shred them, so beat the nocturnal brigade with biological nematodes[KA1] . Another good variety is Crocus vernus  ‘Pickwick’, which striking purple feathering or stripes on the lavender petals, making it the talk of the garden.
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