Don’t wait until a depressing February morning to wish you’d popped in a few crocus, embrace the slide into autumn now by grabbing your spring bulbs and getting them into your gardens and pots. We’ve put together some of our favourite bulbs into combinations for various styles, feeding the bees and difficult shady spots. All of these are available at Capital Gardens now so feel free to grab a member of the team to help you get bulb ready.

When to Plant?

Now. The soil is perfect in September and October for getting your bulbs in, however, tulips can be left right up until Christmas day (they say) to avoid rotting.

Which Way’s Up?

You want the ‘pointy’ bit upwards; this can be tricky with the smaller, rounder bulbs such as crocus (known as a ‘corms’) but the base is normally a bit hairy.

How Deep?

Look at the height of your bulb, you want to dig down about three times that height.

Planting Combinations… For Hungry Bees

Our early rising Bumble Bees rely on the nectar from winter and spring flowering bulbs, so dig in any of these to help out the bumble bees: Snowdrops, ‘Glory of the Snow’, Muscari, Fritillaries. For more rich nectar sources later in the summer plant Camassia and Alliums now. As always with bees we’ve got to give them a way in, so choose open, single flowered varieties when choosing bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.

Foolproof Ready Mix

Taylors, ‘Bees and Butterflies Collection’.

Shady Characters

The best thing about bulbs is that lots of them are used to the woodland, so that bare patch by the shed, under the tree and on your doorstep can be filled with spring colour. Try throwing some shade onto Snowdrops and Cyclamen Coum.


Foolproof Ready Mix

Taylors, ‘Woodland Collection’.

Fragrance for Pots (Indoor and Out)

Some bulbs just deserve to be closer to our noses. Use small, fragrant bulbs such as Narcissi ‘Paperwhite’ and Hyacinth ‘Sweet Invitation’ in pots and window boxes to get the most from their delicious perfume. Both Hyacinth and Narcissus can be grown indoors for an earlier flower; just plant the Narcissi bulbs so the their tips are slightly covered with compost and place on a sunny window sill; for the Hyacinth, plant so that the tops of the bulbs are above the soil; place the Hyacinth bulbs somewhere dark and cool until their shoots are about 4-5 cm tall then bring them into a sunny spot in your house and let their perfume fill your room!

Foolproof Ready Mix

Taylors, ‘Fragrant Festival’.

Keeping it Green

If your garden is more fern than flower then bringing in some subtle green and white highlights can give you your spring fill without losing the style of the garden. Plant these green tinged bulbs for subtle highlights: Narcissi ‘Green Eyes’, Tulip ‘Spring Green’, Fritillaria Pontica.

Bit of Bling

Bulbs are one of the simplest ways to give your garden a bit of bling, for some dazzling colour and stunning shapes get your hands on these: Iris ‘Red Ember’, Fritillaria Imperialis ‘Rubra Maxima’, Tulip ‘Marquise De La Coquette’, Allium Karataviense.

Foolproof mix

Taylors, 150 Days of Colour.

Weird and Wonderful

It isn’t all snowdrops and daffs, if you want something a bit weird and wonderful – but still easy to grow, have a go with these: Crocus ‘Prins Claus’, Allium Schubertii, Iris ‘Black Beauty’, Erythronium Dens-Canis.

Pastel Dreams

If you crave a softer, more delicate step into spring then fill your gardens and pots with pastel shades, we are swooning over these paler beauties: Crocus ‘Romance’, Iris ‘Painted Lady’, Muscari ‘Siberian Tiger’, Camassia ‘Leichtlinii Alba’, Tulip ‘Sherbert lemons’, Tulip ‘Danceline’.  

…Now just get yourself online or down to Capital Gardens and fill your (wellington) boots!

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