Bulbs are one of be easiest ways to add ‘bling’ to the backyard, with only a small amount of effort required. Bang for buck, they are brilliant value — needing to be planted only once. Then, with a little care, they will reappear year after year when Mother Nature gives them the thumbs up in late winter, spring and summer.
Bulbs require little effort or skill. The main trick to developing a spring show of bulbs is remembering to plant them before the ground gets too cold. Once bulbs flower in the spring, it’s too late to plant. Garden centres have a huge range of bulbs available now. Staff will help choose a selection that suits taste, personality and style, or visit specialist mail-order bulb websites.
The most economical way to buy bulbs is in bulk when they are dormant and looking somewhat shrivelled up, almost dead. This is the best time to plant, mainly because the shock to the bulb is minimal when it is not actively growing.
After planting, when the soil cools down and the autumn rains appear, the bulb is kick-started into growth, although all the early activity is below the surface.
They put down roots to secure themselves into the soil, seeking out food and water at the same time. Then, when they have enough energy and the temperatures are right, they pop up through the ground and start to strut their stuff.