Spring flowering bulbs need to be planted in autumn whilst the earth is still warm and before the first frosts arrive.
September is the perfect time to choose and plant spring flowering bulbs. These brave bulbs will give your garden its first splash of colour come the New Year. The most important thing for you to remember whilst out shopping for spring flowering bulbs is that they must be plump and firm to touch. Don’t be afraid to give them a little squeeze before buying them!
To help prevent winter rot, bulbs should be planted in well-drained soil and in a sunny position. As a general rule bulbs should be planted 2-3 times their own depth. They should also be planted about 2 bulbs width apart. In most cases it is easy to tell which is the top of the bulb, but if you’re in any doubt then plant it sideways. Being clever little devils they’ll soon right themselves!
Our favourite spring flowering bulbs
Here’s a selection of our favourite spring flowering bulbs that can be planted this autumn. We love them because they’ll give the garden a succession of colour from January through to June. They’ll also provide early butterflies, bees and other pollinators with a vital source of nectar.
Get planning and planting now, and come January, when you’re still snuggled up in front of the fire, these little bulbs will be starting to brave the frost and snow for you. To learn about other jobs you can be doing in the garden this September, please read our blog Gardening jobs for September.
If you have a favourite bulb that can be planted in autumn, we’d love to know. Please do leave your comments in the box below.