If you want to fill your garden with colour next spring, plant bulbs from October to December, before the first frost. Daffodils, tulips, crocus, grape hyacinths and fritillarias are just some of the plants to choose from.

Choose bulbs according to location and soil type. Most hardy bulbs originate from the Mediterranean, thriving in a warm, sunny climate in freely draining soil. Good drainage and plenty of sunshine is key, since most bulbs are prone to rot while dormant.

Planting bulbs in a herbaceous border will help to fill in gaps and provide colour and interest before perennials and shrubs begin to grow in early spring. Plant daffodils, winter aconites, tulips and fritillarias for outstanding colour. Drifts of single species can be planted to blend in with the general planting scheme of the garden, or try mixing different varieties to create an even and striking effect of bright colour.

When planted en masse spring-flowering bulbs make a valuable contribution to formal bedding displays. Try growing groups of early-flowering tulips in a bed which will be occupied by annuals later in the summer. As a general rule, the larger, showy varieties are better suited to a formal position in the garden.


Many spring-flowering bulbs are ideal for brightening up the base of trees before they come into full leaf. The soil beneath trees is moist and light, offering the perfect growing conditions for scillas, anemones, erythroniums and crocuses.

Bulbs such as dwarf daffodils, crocuses, snowdrops and winter aconites can transform a dull looking lawn into a wonderful display of colour. To achieve a natural look, throw bulbs up in the air and plant them exactly where they land in the grass. The aim is to make it look as though they have decided to grow there by themselves. Allow plants to die down after flowering before mowing over the lawn. Alternatively, plant bulbs in defined areas so that it's possible to mow the lawn around them.

If you want a great patio display, try growing bulbs in pots. Keep it simple by planting a variety on its own or several of the same variety packed closely together for a bumper show. Several types can be planted together, but itโ€™s tricky to get the flowers to appear at the same time.








Planting Instructions:
Tulips will thrive in almost any type of soil where there is reasonable drainage. During the growing season they like plenty of moisture but the roots must not stand in water. Be careful not to feed tulips during the growing season as this will produce 'leggy' plants. Plant from October until late December 4 inches deep and approximately 5 to 6 inches apart.
Tulip failures are mostly due to damage by slugs and snails. Apply a slug repellant immediately after planting and repeat at monthly intervals until the plants stand well above the ground.
Note: If you are using one of the many available bulb planters be sure that the soil in the whole planting area is well worked to prevent any sitting water at the bottom of the hole made by the planter.
After Flowering:
Remove flower heads (deadheading) and let the plant die back before removing. This allows the food supply in the plant to swell and feed the main bulblet that will produce next year's flower.
It is important with tulips that all the dead foliage and petals are removed and not composted. Tulip plants can leave a disease, 'tulip fire' as they die off in late Spring.

Tulips for Naturalising:

The small flowering tulip species and darwin hybrids naturalise easily and can be left undisturbed from one year to another, some seeding themselves freely. With some of the other types of tulip you may find that the second and subsequent years are not as good as the first depending on where the tulips are planted in your garden. This can be influenced by shade, drainage, planting depth so it is best to experiment. If this is the case we would recommend that you lift the tulips after the foliage has died back and store them until replanting the following Autumn.

Tulips in Containers and Pots:
Tulips are well suited for growing in containers and provide a superb display provided a few basic principles are followed. Protect from severe frosts particularly when combined with penetrating winds. During these periods store in the garage, or wrap with sacking or straw and cover with horticultural fleece. It is essential during dry periods in the growing season that tulips are sufficiently watered. If not the results will be stunted and shrivelled flower heads.


Planting Instructions:
To achieve maximum results for many years to come, Daffodils should be planted early and sufficiently deep; 12cm (5") of soil on top of the bulbs in light well drained areas, 10cm (4") in soil of a heavy nature. They are best planted where they can be left undisturbed and in those places a distance of 15cm (6") should be allowed between the bulbs. Daffodils benefit from feeding after flowering.
The reason that daffodils go blind is, in the majority of cases, shallow planting and poor quality bulbs.Plant the bulbs as soon as possible upon arrival; if this is not possible, store in a cool place and open bags to allow some ventilation.

After Flowering:
After flowering in the Spring, remove the faded flowers and let the foliage die down (this usually takes at least six weeks). Daffodils benefit from regular feeding with a liquid fertiliser after flowering until the plants die down, at intervals of 7-10 days. If your daffodils are grown in the lawn, mow round them and do not cut down until at least 6 weeks after flowering.

Daffodils for Naturalising:
Daffodils make an excellent investment as they are ideal for naturalising in the garden. They are best planted where they can be left undisturbed, when allowed to establish themselves they will afford much pleasure for many years.

Daffodils in Containers and Pots:
Daffodils look superb in pots and containers on the patio. They should be planted in deep tubs or bowls as soon as possible upon receipt and positioned outside in the garden in a cool spot. Never allow the soil to dry out and ensure regular watering during prolonged dry periods, even in the middle of Winter.


Planting Instructions:
Hyacinths can be grown to perfection without any difficulty provided some basic rules are followed. The first essential is to develop a good root system as this has to support the plant throughout its life. This is achieved by a cool temperature and even moisture in the early stages after planting.
Plant Hyacinths in the Autumn in a well cultivated, well drained soil. They should be placed about 10cm (4") deep and 5-8cm (2-3") apart. As the Hyacinths emerge in the Spring some varieties may require staking to prevent the from flopping over in heavy rain. The stake should be inserted along the stem and pierced straight into the bulb. Tie to the stem just below the flower head.

Hyacinths in Containers and Pots:
Hyacinths do equally well planted in pots and containers but it is essential to plant the bulbs in good quality soil. Choose a sunny spot but remember it is essential during dry periods in the growing season that they are sufficiently watered. If not the results will be stunted and shrivelled flower heads.

Growing hyacinth bulbs indoors

Hyacinths can be 'forced' for wonderfully fragrant Christmas gifts or simply to brighten up your own home! 

Start by placing a layer of damp compost into your chosen container ย– there is no need to add any fertiliser.

Set the hyacinth bulbs on the compost, close together but not touching each other or the sides of the container.

Fill around the bulbs with more compost, leaving space between the container rim and compost surface to allow for watering. The top of the bulbs should just show at the compost surface.

After this, indoor hyacinth bulbs need a cold dark period, preferably around 9ยฐC, in a shed, garage or cellar for up to 10 weeks. Cover the pots with black bin liners to stop light getting through and check them regularly, watering them sparingly if the compost feels dry.

Once shoots have appeared a few inches above the compost surface, bring them indoors and place in a bright, cool position, taking care not to place them above a radiator.

Water regularly when the compost dries out and they should start flowering within 3 weeks.


The winter blooming buttercup is as hardy as the stones amongst which it does not mind growing. It is excellent for naturalising in grass or woodland or in the rockery. A lovely sight in the cold winter months, from January to March.

Planting Instructions:
Plant in humus rich but well drained soil 4cm (2") deep and 5cm (2") apart and it will spread rapidly.


These ornamental garlics will thrive anywhere and live forever. Their richly coloured ornamental blooms, in a wide diversity of shapes and heights, are lovely in borders and excellent for naturalising in grass and woodlands. They are also very popular in pots and containers and in floral arrangements because of their lasting qualities. They appear anytime from late Spring to early Summer.

Planting Instructions:
They should be left undisturbed from one year to another and it is not uncommon for seedlings to appear naturally. See individual varieties for depth of planting.


The blanda types and the species are very useful for planting in the rockery or drifts in the border and underplanting deciduous trees and shrubs. While the coronaria are more suited to the border. The latter are also ideal for floral decoration but pick whilst in bud. Flowering time March to April.

Planting Instructions:
The blanda and species varieties need a moderately fertile soil and prefer a site in dappled shade. Plant 5cm (2") deep and 7cm (3") apart. It is beneficial to soak the bulbs overnight before planting.
Anemone coronaria prefer to be grown in direct sunlight. Plant in soil enriched with well decayed organic matter
where they will produce large strong stemmed flowers. Plant 7cm (3") deep and 10cm (4") apart.


Glory of the Snow. One of the earliest flowering bulbous plants that will grow almost anywhere. They are particularly lovely when planted in the Rock Garden or a wooded area, flowering from early March.

Planting Instructions:
Grows in any well drained soil and once established they multiply rapidly and seed freely. Plant 5cm (2") deep and 5cm (2") apart.


Large crocus like flowers emerge in Autumn before the bold shiny green leaves which make effective foliage in the Spring. Established clumps planted in the neighbourhood of trees or shrubs look extremely attractive.

Planting Instructions:
Plant 10cm (4") deep and 25cm (10") apart in well dug soil. Only when clumps become congested should they be lifted and replanted immediately after the foliage has died down.


Crocus will thrive in good ordinary garden soil. If left undisturbed they increase readily from self sown seed as well as the natural increase of the bulbs. The flowering season is from Autumn to Spring. We regret orders for Autumn Flowering Crocus cannot be accepted after 15th September.
Grown from selected stocks the large flowering crocus produce an abundance of very large flowers. They are particularly suitable for naturalising in grass and woodland where their larger size gives them the advantage over the winter flowering varieties. However the winter flowering crocus are particularly suitable for the rock garden or small containers and will naturalise if left undisturbed.

Planting Instructions:
If necessary water the soil the night before planting. Plant in good garden soil 5cm (2") deep and 7cm (3") apart.


The elegant drooping bells of the Crown Imperial crested with glossy green foliage will grow to over 1.25m (4ft), whilst the splendid stately spikes of persica reach 90cm. They make excellent plants for large bedding schemes or for pockets in the border, creating a focal point. Flower from April onwards.

Generally these species and meleagris hybrids are natives of damp meadows and woodlands and do well in borders. They are easily grown in pots but are invaluable for naturalising in grass. Fritillaria meleagris will seed themselves freely once established. Flower from April onwards.

Planting Instructions:
Fritillaria - imperialis (Crown Imperial) and persica.
Plant on arrival 15cm (6") deep and 25cm (10") apart in fairly good well drained soil in a sunny open position. To encourage flowering in the following years apply a dressing of sulphate of potash in the Spring and Autumn.
Fritillaria - species & meleagris
Plant 5cm (2") deep and 7cm (3") apart in moisture retentive fertile soil. The exceptions are acmopetala and persica which require well drained gritty soil in full sun and pontica which needs protection from moisture when dormant. Position in sun or dappled shade.


There are several different Iris types which makes them extremely versatile. The lovely Dwarf Iris are among the earliest of the Spring bulbs and provide the richest colours. The Dutch Iris will thrive under almost any condition and commence flowering in June, often produce secondary blooms prolonging the flowering period. The Spanish Iris are very similar but of a slightly smaller habit and a little later in flowering.
The Dwarf Iris are particularly suitable for the rockery or pots and small containers. Whereas the Dutch, Spanish and Herbaceous type feel more at home in the border.

Planting Instructions:
Dwarf IrisPlanted in a semi shaded position they will last a considerable time. Plant 5cm (2") deep in well drained soil. Flowers February to March.
Dutch & Spanish IrisWill thrive under almost any condition. Plant 10cm (4") deep and 15cm (6') apart. They make excellent cut flowers.
Herbaceous IrisPlant in semi shade in well drained soil with the rhizomes just below ground level.


hese gems will grow anywhere and will naturalise freely. Extremely versatile, they are superb for large bedding schemes, pockets in the border, woodlands, rockeries or simply planted in pots or containers.

Planting Instructions:
hey will thrive in any type of soil with reasonable drainage so plant 8cm (3") deep and 7cm (3") apart.


This is a charming plant that bears a dozen or more bells on a spike. It is extremely free flowering producing a carpet of blossom once established. Extremely versatile, it can be planted in borders, woodland, rock gardens or in pots. Flowers March to April.

Planting Instructions:
Thrives in any well drained soil. Plant 5cm (2") deep.


These pretty little plant are so neat in habit and floriferous that they well deserves the most extensive culture. Small clumps of Scilla are much admired in borders, and rockeries. They will also thrive well under trees and shrubs and increase and multiply rapidly from self sown seed. They commence flowering in April.
Bluebell bulbs supplied are from cultivated stocks but we regret they cannot be supplied to our American Customers.

Planting Instructions
Plant the bulbs immediately on arrival 7cm (3") deep and 7cm (3") apart.


No flowers are more welcome than the lovely snowdrops (Galanthus). Left untouched they increase rapidly forming large clumps. The leucojum are well known plants resembling the snowdrop but are much larger and later flowering.
These snowdrops will establish rapidly if left undisturbed making them ideal for borders, woodlands, grass and rockeries.

Planting Instructions:
Plant Galanthus immediately on receipt 5cm (2") deep and 7cm (3") apart. When clumps become congested they should be divided in March after flowering while the leaves are still green.
Leucojum thrives best in cool dampish positions. Plant 8cm (3") deep and 10cm (4") apart.


Bluebells flower from late April to May, filling our woods with their incredible flowers and fragrance and providing nectar for moths, bees and butterflies.

Planting Instructions:

Plant at least twice the depth of the bulb, 15cm (6in) deep and 15cm (6in) apart, with the pointed up upwards. Bluebells should be planted as deeply as possible, 4 ins being the minimum, and more if possible. In nature they are often found over a foot beneath the surface of the soil!


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