The team at Haskins Garden Centres has launched a spring bulb planter guide to add a burst of colour after the dullness of winter.
Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, said: “By carefully choosing your bulbs, you can create a stunning display ready for the new year. We recommend using the lasagne bulb planting technique to ensure you get the most out of your spring planter.”
Here are some tips on how to create a colourful daffodil and scilla spring planter:
- Purchase the yellow dwarf daffodil ‘jetfire’ to contrast against the blue of ‘scilla siberica’.
- Choose a wide, shallow pot to complement the proportions of the dwarf daffodils and cover the drainage holes to prevent the soil from leaking out.
- Add a layer of bulb compost and arrange the daffodils first. Daffodils should be planted pointy end up. Bulb compost ensures the daffodil bulbs can be planted at the correct depth.
- Cover the daffodils with compost and plant a layer of scilla evenly across the pot, producing a layered lasagne effect.
- Cover the second layer with more compost. If the pot is deep enough, continue to add more layers of smaller bulbs. Water the pot to allow the soil to settle and every February, use a slow release or proprietary fertiliser to help bring the bulbs on. Remember to dead-head the flowers when necessary.
Haskins Garden Centres are located in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton and Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit www.haskins.co.uk