Planning your Spring Display
It is time to think about planting some bulbs to give your garden a splash of color in spring. You do not have to just stick with the usual daffodils and tulips, you can find all sorts of spring flowering bulbs if you have a look through the catalogues that are available, however there are lots of different varieties of tulips and daffodils for an unusual look to a traditional bulb display.
What about sprinkling your bulb display with some snowdrops or crocus, to achieve maximum impact you will need a lot of the small flowering bulbs, just two or three will be lost amongst the taller daffodils and tulips. For the best, eye catching display, plant a lot of bulbs together. Consider planting some bulbs in your lawn, these look great and will last for years if left undisturbed.
Before buying your bulbs, decide on a color scheme. You could use just two colors for an eye-catching display or for a more natural look, you could use different shades of one color.
When planting your bulbs for a spring display, look on the packaging for the correct time and depth to plant each variety. Some bulbs need to be nearer to the surface than others, so it pays to check.
If you have bulbs that are growing every year, try not to disturb them when planting your new ones. A good tip is to have a rough plan of your garden for each season. You could then mark the areas that have perennials or bulbs that you need to avoid when digging or planting new flowers or bulbs.
Once the bulbs have begun to die back just leave them alone. There is a lot of advice that advocates tying or braiding the leaves. This is un-necessary; the bulbs will take nutrition from the leaves which will contribute to the bulb display for the next year. The best way to deal with the dying leaves is to obscure them from view by planting some shrubs or other plants that will help the leaves to blend into the garden.
Bulbs are a great way to provide your garden with a colorful spring display and will make your garden seem alive all year round because you will always have something to look at.
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