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Bulbs that naturalise make for 'easy gardening'

Anyone who still doubts the virtues of flower bulbs will be glad to hear about bulbs that naturalise. Bulbs that naturalise make gardening a snap. Once planted, there's nothing left to do: these bulbs can stay right where they are and produce flowers year after year. What could be better? Well, you even get more flowers year after year! This is because bulbs produce new little bulbs, and many even produce seeds. It's like getting freebies for your garden.

Must-haves

These bulbs are real must-haves that add something really special to the garden, patio and balcony. Over thousands of years, they have evolved to survive the harshest conditions of nature. So, for these super-hardy bulbous plants, life in a garden (even without help from the gardener!) is a luxury existence. After flowering, these bulbs continue their growth below the ground surface and simply emerge again in the next year. And that's what makes them so delightful.

Things to know about bulbs that naturalise

Difficult decisions

There are so many kinds of bulbs for naturalizing that it can be hard to decide which ones to use, so here is a list of the 15 nicest ones. For the sake of convenience, the number of bulbs to plant per square meter is also given.

  1. Blue or white grape hyacinths - Muscari (25)
  2. Botanical tulips - Tulipa (short ones: 25, tall ones: 15)
  3. Striped squill - Puschkinia libanotica (35)
  4. Dwarf iris - Iris reticuluata (20)
  5. Crown imperial - Fritillaria imperialis (5-7)
  6. Chequered fritillary - Fritillaria meleagris (10)
  7. Nodding star-of-Bethlehem - Ornithogalum nutans (15)
  8. Crocus - Crocus (50)
  9. Short ornamental onions - Allium (20)
  10. Mini daffodils - Narcissus (20)
  11. Grecian windflower - Anemone blanda (25)
  12. Spring starflower - Ipheion uniflorum (30)
  13. Snowdrop - Galanthus (50)
  14. Glory-of-the-snow - Chionodoxa (short ones: 40, tall ones: 20)
  15. Siberian squill - Scilla siberica (35)

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