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Bring colour and perfume to your garden with our guide to planting bulbs!
Bulbs are one of those things that many gardeners can’t be without. They bring welcome colour and perfume to the garden every spring, lighting up any dull patch of ground. Luckily, they’re also very easy to grow and if you’re planting them into your garden, most bulbs will give you repeat blooms year after year.
There are some important tips to consider when growing flowerbed bulbs. Firstly, to make a real show you’ll need a lot of bulbs and for each patch you should try and have between 25 and 50 bulbs. Unless you’re creating a rigid pattern, one of the best ways to decide where to plant is to take a handful of bulbs and drop them onto soil, allowing a natural pattern to form. This process can be used for both lawns and borders, helping to get an aesthetically beautiful, yet natural, planting plan.
Plant in swathes, using 20 to 25 bulbs per patch to make a real impact. If you want a natural look, take handfuls of bulbs and scatter them on the soil surface.
Bulbs should be planted at three times their own depth, being sure to place the growing shoot upwards. Back fill the hole, taking care not to stamp the ground down and crush the bulb underneath. Place bulb's at least two bulbs width apart even when you're using the natural scatter method.
The majority of bulbs will thrive with little care. If you ensure the soil is free-draining, bulbs will propagate themselves and you'll get more flowers season after season.
Every three or four years, lift clumps and separate them to maximise the springtime effect.