Growing Bulbs in the garden Through the Year

Tulip close upA 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 of bulbs, tubers, corms and rhizomes.

 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

January :

February : March :

March : 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. 


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