How to plan a Spring bulb garden

Spring is almost upon us. Colourful and delicate flowers are beginning to bloom throughout the country after their winter sleep, and it may have you considering planting your own spring garden to enjoy next year.
If you want to have a beautiful, blooming spring garden, there are a few things you should consider before you go ahead and buy or plant your bulbs. Read on to find out how to plan a Spring bulb garden and ensure that you have a wonderful garden next spring.

Plant in Autumn

Autumn is in-fact the best time for planting spring-flowering bulbs, with the earliest blooms seen at the end of winter. Although their flowers look delicate, spring-blooming bulbs are hardy and can withstand the harsh conditions of winter.

Some of the most popular spring-blooming bulbs include crocus, daffodils, tulips, alliums, hyacinths, and bluebells.

Have a Colour Scheme

Working to a colour palette is a simple and effective way of ensuring that your spring bulb garden will look cohesive and well-designed. Sticking to one, two or three core colours will help to create an impactful and coordinated garden.

Plant Bulbs with Varying Bloom Times

The spring bulb season can last up to 10 weeks, with a wide range of bulbs available with varying bloom times, from the early bloomers, such as crocuses and snowdrops, to your late bloomers like alliums and geraniums.

Plant Among Shrubs & Perennials

As the late-blooming spring bulbs cease to flower in May, it is a good idea to plant them with perennials that develop in early summer and can last through autumn. Doing so ensures that you will have a garden that looks its best all year round.

Shrubs make a great backdrop for spring bulbs. Plant handfuls of smaller spring bulbs, such as crocuses and snowdrops, in shady areas at the base of the shrubs and towards the front of your flowerbeds. As the perennials develop, they will conceal the fading blooms.

Prepare & Care for Your Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are suitable for planting almost anywhere in your garden. Able to flower in both sun and shade, spring bulbs can be planted in your flower beds, beneath shrubs and trees, along fence lines, and beside your pond.
Spring bulbs will grow best in fertile, well-drained soil, but can grow in a variety of soil types, from sand to clay. Although they require moisture in the spring, spring bulbs require very little water or attention throughout the rest of the year, making them very easy to care for.

Get Large, High-Quality Bulbs

When it comes to bulbs, size matters. Typically, the larger the bulb, the bigger the plant and the more flowers it will produce.

As bulbs are perishable items, much like fruit or vegetables, it is important to make sure that you buy bulbs that are as fresh as possible and store them in a cool place until the time comes for planting them.

This will help to ensure that your bulbs stay in good condition and produce beautiful flowers. For the highest-quality bulbs, explore our range of flower bulbs, including alliums, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, tulips, and more.

Boston Bulbs has a collection of spring-blooming bulbs which are perfect for planting in containers, flower beds, verges, rockery beds, shrubberies, grass, and perennial borders.

The Boston Bulb Company has over 40 years of experience in supplying only the finest quality horticultural products from farmers and growers throughout the UK and Europe.

Get in touch and start planning your spring-blooming garden with our expert team via 01775 769333 or

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