Light up your spring garden! Autumn is bulb planting time
Everyone loves daffodils and tulips. But if you want to have them in your garden you have to plant them in autumn. Lots of amazing spring flowers grow from bulbs that are planted in March, April and May.
When you plant a bulb, it grows roots first and then the leaves soon appear. The roots and shoots grow strongly over winter and then last of all the flowers come out. Most bulbs flower in August and September - reminding us that winter is nearly over. It’s like someone turned the lights on!
You will need:
A finishing touch: After planting your pot of bulbs you could sprinkle flower seeds or plant little seedlings on top. Violas or alyssum are perfect. The bulbs will push up though these flowers. Alternatively you could decorate the top of your pot with colourful shells or pebbles.
Some spring flowering bulbs come up year after year, in the garden, in paddocks and under trees - they’re called ‘naturalised’. As long as they have good soil that isn’t too wet in winter they’ll multiply every year, so there are more and more flowers. Daffodils, bluebells, snowflakes and snowdrops are some of the flowers that do this.
Dwarf Daffodills like 'Tete-a-Tete' are just right for pots