Spring Bulbs - Get Planting!
Plant spring bulbs from late September with the exception of tulips. These must wait for cooler conditions in November to discourage a fungal disease called tulip fire.
Cram them into pots and arrange them close to your front or back door
Use a quality soil based compost such as John Innes no 2, and leave a gap of an inch and half at the top - to improve drainage.
Protect bulbs such as tulips with wire covers to prevent squirrel and rodent damage.
Stick to one single variety, or use simple combinations that flower at the same time, or systematically. You can get four weeks of tulips between mid-April and mid-May by combining the right varieties
Vary the heights to make a container look more natural, avoiding the upright guardsman look.
Anything very showy, such as parrot tulips, frilly double daffodils, or a vast double tulip is best grown on its own.
Maximise seasonal change in small gardens by filling gaps in borders by sinking plastic pots planted with bulbs, which can then be lifted when finished and the gap filled with seasonal bedding
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