Growing Bulbs in the garden Through the Year
whole new world of gardening awaits those who use garden bulbs to their
full extent, for it is possible to have flower bulbs of one kind or
another, in bloom throughout all of the year. This, certainly in the UK.
To achieve this utopia of twelve months of flowers in your
garden, we do have to cheat a little, and use some plants which are not
grown from true bulbs, but which are still referred to as bulbs in the
gardening world. At the bottom of this page you will see listings of
bulbs throughout the 12 month period!
They are also known by their proper classification by those in the
know. However, most catalogues and nurseries that specialise in 'bulbs'
also stray off the strict botanical path. So shall we!
The main thing is, that you can get year-round colour by growing
bulbs in your garden. In this part of the site, we will refer to all
plants that are grown from underground modified stems or roots, as
bulbs. We will also of course describe them in their true classification
bulbs, tubers, corms and
Daffodils - or Narcissus - grow from bulbs;
Crocus grow from Corms;
Dahlias grow from Tubers;
Iris grow from Rhizomes.
To whet your appetite for this extension to 'normal gardening' consider
this calendar list of bulbs that flower at different time of year -
giving you the much sought after, year round colour! So for a start,
follow your spring show with some
Summer Flowering Bulbs.
The Bulb Flowering Calendar below is for
Start of the Main Flowering Times. Summer flowering bulbs in particular,
will flower over a longer period than the spring and autumn flowering
bulbs. There will be different flowering times according to which part
of the world you live. The periods outlined are for general UK areas.
Bulbs flowering through the Year
Cyclamen Coum hybrids
- Gorgeous pink, cerise, white and red flowers peeping through the
old carpet of leaves.
- or Snowdrops - how to plant - Snowdrops need no introduction,
but there is more to growing snowdrops successfully than if often
realised. But, well worth the effort.
indoors - January is a good time for bulbs to flower indoors -
but of course you will have to do the work several month earlier!
February : March :
Snowpake - A very good alternative for the snowdrops - and often
mistaken for them as well.
Chionodoxa - Glory of the
Snow - If you want some bright colours to start the year off -
look no further.
Crocus - Plant in pots,
in borders or in the lawn. Crocus will multiply over a few years and
give you a colourful carpet
- The Winter Aconite
- One of the first of tubers to start into growth. Great under
trees, mixed in with the shrubs, or colour for the herbaceous
Narcissus early types. Names like Narcissus February
Gold should give a clue.
danfordiae and Iris reticulata varieties
- So dainty yet well hardy. Often see them poking up
through light snow with no ill effects.
asiaticus. - A difficult tuber to keep from year top
year. best bought as young potted plants in the garden
centres. Then you can choose from the huge range of
Scilla Bulbs - Stunning
Blue for this time of year. The sky may be overcast, but these will
blaze blue upwards.
Trilliums - Trinity
Flowers - Wake Robin or the Wood Lily. Sure to draw comment for
their unusual flowers.
March : April :
Daffodils or narcissus
- Planting and Growing Daffodils. - This is really spring now - once
we see the drifts of Daffodils everywhere.
Not always thought of as 'bulbs' - but some are.
Crocus - masses of
naturalised crocus in lawns or borders are the way forward for a
Fritillaria - Crown
Imperial and Snake's Head Fritillary Types. Both types will give
a show, with the crown Imperials living up to their names. The
Snake's Head are great for naturalising in untidy grass!
Tulips - especially
the dwarfs - others follow later - May.
Grape Hyacinths - Bright blues for the edges of
borders or around the perimeter of containers.
Anemone - Tuberous
types (some) start flowering in April.
May : June : Growing Bulbs for Summer colour in your garden
July : August :
September : October :
November : December : Growing bulbs for winter
flowering in your garden
So - ready to give bulbs a go and widen your horizons? Stay tuned to
this section which will bring you all the information you need to get
planting bulbs in your garden.