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Garden ideas using flower bulbs

Did you know that flower bulbs are the very first plants to add colour to the garden? They will add to the beauty of both large and small gardens and also contribute to improving biodiversity. Right: it’s time to plant flower bulbs! Get going with one of these four ideas this autumn and enjoy the results early in the spring.

Flower bulbs in pots

Flower bulbs will grow well in the garden but will also thrive when planted in pots. Nice for on a patio or another paved area. How can you do it? In this case, it's important for the pot to be deep enough and have a hole in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out. And the pot should be at least three times the height of the flower bulb.

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Lasagne planting

Lasagne planting (planting in layers) is one way of planting flower bulbs. With this method, you plant the flower bulbs in layers, one on top of another, just like you make lasagne. When you do this right, the ones that flower early like crocuses (Crocus) will bloom first. These are then followed by the flower bulbs with later flowering periods. With this successive flowering, you could sometimes enjoy flowers from as early as January until as late as May.

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Mixing flower bulbs yourself

Flower bulbs play a crucial role in the garden because they are the first plants to add colour to it in the new year. A mix of flower bulbs lets you enjoy all this beauty for even longer. Instead of a few weeks, planting various kinds can sometimes make your garden sparkle for a number of months. This is because various kinds of flower bulbs will flower at different times. So, what are you waiting for? Choose your flower bulbs and then mix, scatter and plant them!

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You can choose from ones used as annuals, used as perennials, and ones that produce more bulbs every year. Annual flower bulbs, such as tulips (Tulipa) are known for their bright colours. But maybe you’d rather plant flower bulbs in your garden that will emerge next year in all their glory. If so, choose perennial ones like Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa). You could even choose bulbs like the Siberian Squill (Scilla) that naturalise. This means they will increase in number year after year.

Magnets for insects

Your green oasis will provide for birds, hedgehogs, bees and butterflies and many other kinds of animals and insects. They can’t do without plants: they depend on them for food. In other words, having lots of plants means lots of life in your garden - and that’s good. Flower bulbs are important elements for creating a living garden. When you plant them in the autumn, you ensure that bees and butterflies can start foraging even early in the spring.

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You can choose from many different kinds, such as flower bulbs that produce tall flowers like ornamental onions (Allium), tulips (Tulipa), daffodils (Narcissus) and hyacinths (Hyacinthus). But you could also choose flower bulbs that produce flowers with shorter stems such as grape hyacinths (Muscari), Grecian windflowers (Anemone blanda) or crocuses (Crocus). Actually, all bulb flowers make tasty treats for bees. For butterflies, ornamental onions are definitely in first place.

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