Your ultimate guide to bulbs

Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's party!' - Robin Williams

With our brand new online bulb range about to launch, we wanted to share with you our ultimate guide to bulbs, ready to help you create the perfect spring garden.

I know spring seems a long way off, but as many bulbs need to be planted in the autumn there's no time like the present to start planning!

Where to plant bulbs:
With any bulb, it's really important to plant them in well-drained soil, as if they are too wet they can rot.

A position of full sun or partial shade is also preferable to get the very best out of your bulbs.

As long as you keep them in these conditions, bulbs are pretty easy-going, hence why they are such a great choice for beginner gardeners. They can be planted in borders, pots and lawns, provided they have good drainage.

How to plant bulbs:
A question that we are often asked about bulbs is 'How deep do I need to plant them?'

As a general rule, we recommend planting your bulbs at a depth of about 2-3 times the height of the bulb and with space in between them of about 2 bulb widths.

You really can grow bulbs how and wherever you like, but if you're after a specific look, below are a couple of special planting styles you may want to try out.

Lasagne planting

Also known as double-decker planting, lasagne planting is a great option if you're growing bulbs in containers. It will give you a whole spring season of flowers in just one pot!

To achieve this, just follow the steps below-

  1. Cover the bottom of the container with a layer of gravel, then soil
  2. On top, place a layer of late-spring flowering bulbs
  3. Cover with soil
  4. On top, place a layer of mid-spring flowering bulbs
  5. Cover with soil
  6. On top, place a layer of early-spring flowering bulbs
  7. Cover with soil
It's really as easy as that!


The idea of naturalising is to make bulbs look as if they have just sprung up from the ground naturally, on a lawn or under a tree.

The best way to do this is to throw the bulbs up in the air, then plant them wherever they land. This way they will grow in a random fashion, much like they would do in the wild.

Colour combinations
One of the most fun parts of bulb planting is coming up with colourful combinations, mixing colours and bulb types to create a beautiful and interesting display.

Colour can be used in a number of different ways but below are some of our suggestions to help get you started-

Complimentary colours- These are colours opposite one another on the colour wheel such as pink and green, orange and blue or yellow and purple. These combinations are perfect for adding drama and contrast.

Monochromatic colours- Rather than mixing different colours, you can also mix different shades of the same colour, or try mixing different types of bulbs in the same colour to give texture.

Harmonious colours- These are colours next to each other on the colour wheel such as blue and
purple or orange and yellow. These combinations give a softer and harmonious look.

Keep your eyes peeled on all our social media platforms for exclusive sneak peeks of our new bulb range over the next few days!

Happy gardening Haylofters!


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