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Planting Spring Bulbs

Autumn can seem a strange time in the garden. Summer colour is waning and the nights are drawing in, but it is the perfect time to get prepared for the coming spring. One great way to inject the garden with early colour is by planting spring flowering bulbs and now is the perfect time to do so.

There are hundreds of varieties to choose from including daffodils, tulips, crocus, fritillarias to name just a few. All have their own place in the garden.

When planting bulbs you need to be sure to purchase good quality, firm bulbs and always buy as many as you can to plant in clumps – singularly planted bulbs will get lost in borders. Plan where your bulbs will go and don't be afraid to incorporate them into planted borders, mixing them between your shrubs and herbaceous planting. Plant in clumps of different sizes and shapes to add interest or plant in drifts meandering in and out of your existing shrubs and plants.

Planting bulbs is easy, and as long as they are planted at least 2 or 3 times the depth of the bulb, you will be sure to get a great early spring display every year.

And not forgetting pots. Bulbs are great in pots, and there is always a bulb to fit any sized pot. Tulips planted in deep pots alone make striking additions to any patio and smaller daffodils like tete a tete can be incorporated into mixed pots with some evergreen foliage such as small conifers or ivy.

Experiment with bulbs, they are relatively cheap and easy to source and very hardy. If they look like they are in the wrong place in spring, move them next autumn.

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