The Top Spring Flowering Bulbs for your Garden

Posted on February 27, 2021 at 5:59 pm

In the height of springtime, nothing is more glorious than being surrounded by beautiful fragrant blooms. There are many types of spring flowering bulbs that you can plant, that will bring colour and joy to your garden, courtyard, balcony, or any outdoor space you might have. As long as bulbs are not rotting and are looked after properly, which includes planting them in the right place, you will be able to have lots of success with spring flowering bulbs.

What are the different kinds of spring flowering bulbs and which ones will be best for you to grow? There are many options – some bulbs like shade, some will need to be in direct sunlight, some will prefer to be planted in loam soil, while others will grow in almost any soil type and will be very hardy. Here is a brief guide to the top spring flowering bulbs you can grow in your garden and enjoy in the springtime.

Spring Flowering Bulb Options

  1. Lilies. There are many varieties of lilies that you can plant that will flower in your garden in spring. Some of the most popular lily types are asiatic lilies, dwarf oriental lilies, pearl lilies, and there are even some specialist types such as pollen free lilies if needed. There are also many lily hybrids so you can find the right kind for you and your garden, borders pots or planters.
  2. Dahlias. The ever popular dahlia is a wonderful spring flowering bulb option for your garden. There are few other flowers that offer such a wide variety of colours and types of blooms, plus they are relatively easy to grow, so anybody can grow dahlias successfully even without much experience of gardening. They can also be cut if you would like this option.
  3. Gladioli. This versatile flower type will flourish in most types of soil, as long as it is well draining. They should be planted around 10cm deep and the same distance apart as well. They come in a range of versatile colours, and there are dwarf gladioli and medium flowering gladioli as well.
  4. Begonias. These colourful flowers can be grown in clumps in borders, as well as in pots. They come in various different colours, including red, cream and Champagne coloured. Some begonias will be double flowering.
  5. Nerines. The lovely delicate nerine will look pretty amongst your spring flowering bulbs. They come in various colours, with white and pink usually being the most popular. Their preferred spot is against a wall which is facing south, to give them the right amount of sun. They are also popular to use as a type of cut flower. They can be grown in pots as well if preferred.

When to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs need to be planted well before the spring to enjoy them at the right time of year, usually by the end of September. Some, like tulips, should be planted a bit later around November time. Lilies and alliums should be planted in September and October.

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