Create your very own showstopper garden! Our cheat sheet we will teach you how to make the most of your spring bulbs so you can have your very own piece of the Keukenhoffen display in your own garden.
*WARNING - anyone can do this*
Bulbs come in a whole range or shapes and sizes, it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing them, but fear not, this handy guide is here to help.
When professional gardeners plant bulbs they use a technique called layering. Layering allows you to plant your bulbs in ‘layers’ to ensure one continuous show of colours during the spring.
When your are buying your bulbs check your flowering times, normally smaller bulbs flower earlier and larger bulbs flower later. As a rule of thumb flowering times are:
Very early- February Early - March Mid season - April Late - May/June.
When planting your bulbs a rule of thumb is to plant them 3 times the depth of the bulb. So when layering, plant your largest ( later flowering bulb) first then add a layer of compost followed by your next smallest bulb and repeat. This will give you colour right through the season and each new bulb will flower above the previous.
Below is our gardeners secret to 100 days of colour
From earliest to latest:
Snowdrops English Bluebells Crocus Narcissus Tête-à-tête and Tulip Red Riding Hood Tulip Prinses Irene and Purple Prince Tulip Queen of Night and Tulip Spring Green Allium Giganteum
Remember the best way to ensure success is to buy good quality bulbs, size matter! When choosing bulbs look for bright looking bulbs with minimal cracking on their skins.
If you follow these simple tips you will have a truly showstopper garden.