Bulbs2Flowering bulbs are a suitable addition of colour to any garden. For adding colour to your spring and summer borders now is the time of year to plant them.

Some summer flowering bulbs however, are planted in the spring and those varieties in general need to be lifted, dried and put in storage at the end of the flowering season. While autumn planting bulbs are winter hardy (they can endure the cold of the winter in the open) and therefore need to be planted before the first frosts. Indeed they rely on the cold weather to trigger the chemical process to bring the bulbs to flower.

To produce a good display the quality and size of the bulb are important and they should be bought from a reputable bulb merchant. Unhealthy bulbs show signs of softness and rot. It is not automatically necessary to reject bulbs that are bare (no outer skin) or are marked, as this does not always affect their growth and development.

In general bulbs should be planted in well-drained soil to avoid waterlogged conditions. However there are varieties that can cope with wetter conditions, Camassias are one example.

As well as being an attractive addition to borders, bulbs can also be planted in pots and containers. Again making sure that these planters are well drained. Bulbs potted up need repotting annually, or at least making sure the compost is replenished to restore nutritional value. Most bulbs grow a large root and for the bulbs development need a lot of space, so choose the correct size pot.

One species of bulb that are very popular in today’s gardens is the allium also known as an ornamental onion. They have the hardy and decorative qualities that are a rewarding addition to any garden. Alliums are very well suited for planting between existing shrubs and perennials. Apart from their decorative qualities they can play an important role in nature and can bring it closer to you with very little effort. They are very popular with bees and butterflies. You can appreciate many varieties of bulbous plants, which attract and sustain many of nature’s creatures.

Most bulbs, given the right conditions will look after themselves, they divide and multiply after their flowering time.

All in all bulbs can be a wonderful addition to any garden, giving a magnificent floral display and benefitting nature for many years.

For further information, advice or purchasing, visit our website www.bulbspecialists.co.uk, or alternatively, why not visit us on stand G13 at Grand Designs Live 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham between 19th - 23rd October.

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