How to Plant

All our bulbs and plants are suitable both for naturalising and using in the border, bearing in mind they will perform best in conditions close to their natural habitat. We have tried to briefly describe this for each species.

They can all be started in cultivated ground. However many bulbs can be planted in grass by removing a section of turf, planting the bulbs and replacing the turf. This also protects plants such as crocus that are sometimes favoured by rodents when newly planted. Plants such as cowslip and primrose can also be planted in grass. Bulbs will establish quicker if relatively free of competition from other plants such as brambles or tussocky grass. Please bear in mind that some bulbs may take a season to settle in, possibly appearing later than normal.

Generally speaking a hole, three times the length of the bulb, is required with the addition of a little grit in heavy soil. Some do better a little deeper than this. Rhizomes or bulbils are planted up to 1" below the surface. It is best to plant bulbs as soon as possible on receipt. Time or the weather, of course, may prevent this, so store in a cool, dry, shady place until planting. Bulbs with an outer skin like daffodils, crocus and tulips have a good shelf life, but if storing bluebells, anemones or snowdrops, for example, for more than a week or 10 days they are better kept in sand or compost.

Further Advice

It is hard to give planting instructions in a few lines for each species, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to phone, email or write.