RHS Award-Winning Bulbs to Inspire your Garden

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is given to plants that have been tested and proven to be good garden worthy plants through a number of factors including: flowering performance, strength and disease and pest resistance.

We have a huge selection of award-winning bulbs and in our blog this week, we will be going through a selection of award-winning varieties, from Tulips to Alliums and Daffodils.

Popular Award-Winning Varieties

Alliums (Ornamental Onions)

A pollinator favourite that deserves a place in any garden. Easy to grow and undemanding, these late spring/early summer flowers have a great range of colours, shapes and height, so there’s an Allium for any garden.

Planting time: September-December 🏡

Flowering time: May – June 🌸

Position: Full Sun/Partial Shade

Allium Sphaerocephalon (Drumsticks)

A truly unique Allium. This little showstopper was a popular choice at the Tatton Park Flower Show this year. With two toned purple and crimson blooms, these vibrant flower heads are great for the garden and as a cut flower for the home.  Click here to view online.

Allium Gladiator

Bring some glorious height to your beds and borders with these big clustered blooms. Their rosy-purple flowers form a large cloud-like ball of colour that can make a great feature in the summer border. Click here to view online.

Allium Mount everest

A stunning pure white variety. ‘Mount Everest’ towers above the rest with its enormous compact clusters of star-shaped flowers. Great for the back of the border. They will also bring wildlife flocking to the summer garden! Click here to view online.

Crocus

One of the first signs of spring. Crocus blooms bring the first bit of warmth to the new year, and autumn-flowering Crocus brighten up the garden once the summer blooms begin to fade.

Planting time: September – December 🏡

Flowering time: February – March 🌸

Position: Full Sun/Partial Shade/Shade

Crocus Sternbergia Lutea

Fill your garden with waves of rich golden colour with Crocus Sternbergia Lutea. Blooming with distinct, golden cup-shaped blooms, these flowers are perfect for naturalising in the garden for a carpet of golden colour. Click here to view online.

Crocus Dorothy

These cheery golden flowers will bring the sunshine to the late winter garden. A herald of the brighter days to come with the spring season. Perfect for naturalising in rockeries, borders or containers. Click here to view online.

Crocus Tricolor

A stunning tri-coloured Crocus. With lilac petals surrounding a white base and pretty yellow centre, these compact ‘Snow Crocus’ flowers will brighten up the winter garden when little else is in flower. Click here to view online.

Daffodil/Narcissi

Narcissi, a firm favourite of the British spring garden. With a wide range of shapes, colours and sizes, they are perfect for beds, borders and containers in gardens, big or small.

Planting time: September-December 🏡

Flowering time: March – April 🌸

Position: Full Sun/Partial Shade

Daffodil Carlton

Bring some modern beauty to the spring garden with Daffodil Carlton. With large, two-toned yellow flowers, they make a very effective addition to the border or in pots on the patio. Easy to grow and produce a lovely sweet scent. Click here to view online.

Daffodil Cheerfulness Mixed

Create a garden bursting with spring cheer with our combination of Cheerfulness Daffodils. With showy blooms and a sweet fragrance, these flowers will make a real impact in the border. They also make excellent, scented cut flowers. Click here to view online.

Narcissi Elka

These little award winners showcase long trumpets of creamy pale lemon flowers. A perfect compact variety for mass planting in rockeries or growing pots and containers. A reliable Narcissi for brightening up the spring garden. Click here to view online.

Hyacinths

Richly coloured and heavily fragrant, Hyacinths are beautiful spring-flowering bulbs that bloom in a rainbow of delightfully vibrant shades.

Planting time: September-December 🏡

Flowering time: March – April 🌸

Position: Full Sun/Partial Shade

Hyacinth Delft Blue

A beautiful highly fragrant bloomer with a unique blue hue. Their large star-shaped blooms are the perfect choice for planting in patio pots, window boxes or in the garden border. You can even force them indoors as a scented Christmas feature. Click here to view online.

Hyacinth Jan Bos

With its distinct reddish pink colour, Jan Bos is a very cheerful and impressive sight. These dense, starry dark pink florets are best planted where you will be able to enjoy their perfume daily, either near a door way or along a path. Click here to view online.

Hyacinth Miss Saigon

Bring a cheerful sight to the dull days of winter with these vibrant and rich purple blooms. Easy to grow and brightly coloured, these pretty purple flowers are great for boasting in the garden border or as an indoor display within the home. Click here to view online.

Tulips

A true symbol of spring. No matter what the colour, Tulips will brighten up your garden with weeks of cheerful colour, patterns and shapes.

Planting time: September-December 🏡

Flowering time: March – May 🌷

Position: Full Sun/Partial Shade

Tulip Calypso (Greigii)

Create a mesmerising sight in the spring garden with the bright and beautiful pink and orange shades of Tulip Calypso. This compact variety packs a punch through their large and showy flower heads. Easy to grow and will come back each year. Click here to view online.

Tulip Kingsblood

Add some romance to the garden with these cherry red flowers. This single late Tulip is ideal for a dramatic display of colour in the border and looks amazing as part of a cut flower display for the home. Click here to view online.

Tulip lambada

This Tulip is sure to bring a blaze of colour to the spring border. ‘Lambada’ showcases velvety coral red petals with fiery yellow-orange edges with a fringed detail, which are a real eye-catcher in the garden. A vibrant single late Tulip. Click here to view online.

Check out our spring-flowering bulb planting tutorials here…

How to Plant Greigii Tulips: Spring Garden Guide
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RHS Award-Winning Blue Spring Bulbs

Blue can be a difficult colour to find naturally in a flower and is traditionally seen as an emblem of peace and calm. From baby soft blues to dark navy blooms, our selection of award-winning spring-flowering bulbs will surely bring some serenity to your garden.

Each of these bulbs have received an award of Garden Merit by the RHS for their quality, reliability and outstanding performance, so you can guarantee that these spring blooms are the best choices for your spring displays.

Here are our 7 beautiful award-winning blues…

1. Scilla siberica

One of the earliest blooms of spring. Boasting with an intense, true blue colour, these nodding bell-shaped blooms will add a touch of woodland magic to the spring garden. A great naturalizing bulbs for creating a sea of blue in your beds and borders.

 

Plant Scilla Siberica with…

Winter Heather

Loved for their outstanding upright and bushy habit, this mixture of Heather adds a touch of glistening colour to the winter/spring garden.

 

Narcissi ‘February Gold’

Always the first to blooms, this beautiful award-winning Narcissi’s vivid yellow nodding flowers will add a beautiful contrast of colour when planted with Scilla. A great naturalizer too.

 

2. Muscari Latifolium

An increasingly popular, bicolour species. This unique variety produces beautiful, scented flower spikes that transform from a light green, to blue and then open to an unusual plum purple. These bold blue flowers are perfect all by itself or can be used to create a lovely colour combo.

Plant Muscari latifolium with…

Tulip Fashion

Vibrant compact Tulips. These Kaufmanniana beauties bloom an empire rose with purple veins, a perfect companion to blue Muscari for dreamy, romantic spring bedding.

 

 Anemone Nemorosa ‘Royal Blue’

An easy-to-grow naturalizing Anemone. These vivid royal blue flowers will add a beautiful variety of shape and texture to a spring woodland-style when planted alongside Muscari.

 

3. Hyacinth Delft Blue

This extremely fragrant, award-winning Hyacinth has the most beautiful soft, porcelain blue flowers that are guaranteed to create a show-stopping display in spring. These easy-to-grow flowers will make a welcome addition to beds, borders or for the best visual impact, plant in groups with other spring bulbs.

Plant Hyacinth Delft Blue with…

Tulip Apricot Beauty

This award-winning Tulip is an early bloomer with soft apricot flowers. A perfect, sweetly fragrant companion for planting alongside the beautiful scent of Hyacinths.

 

Euphorbia polychroma

Incredibly showy, Euphorbia polychroma is a mounding perennial that bears attractive golden yellow flowers in the spring time. A lovely contrasting companion for the beautiful blue blooms of ‘Delft Blue’.

 

4. Muscari azureum

This lovely compact Muscari will brighten up the spring garden with their light powder puff blue flowers. This long-flowering early spring award winner looks spectacular when planted en masse to create a beautiful drift of colour, for an unforgettable visual impact.

Plant Muscari azureum with…

Tulip Orange Angelique

Make a statement in your garden by pairing the pale blooms of ‘Azureum’ with the soft peachy shades of this beautiful double-flowering Tulip. They also produce a light fragrance and will pair well with Muscari’s fragrant flowers.

 

Hyacinth Pink Pearl

Create a riot of colour with these delightfully bold pink Hyacinths. These highly scented blooms paired against scented Tulips and Muscari will create a heavenly carpet of sweet fragrant spring flowers in the border.

 

5. Puschkinia Libanotica (Russian Snowdrops)

Release an impressive display with this lovely, naturalizing bulb. These award-winning spring favourites will make a striking impact with their blue-striped white fragrant blooms. Ideal for planting in groups for years of spectacular blue flowers.

Plant Puschkinia Libanotica with…

Narcissi Surfside

Create a subtle and elegant display by pairing Russian Snowdrops against the pale yellow and snow white blooms of Narcissi Surfside. These beautiful pastel flowers will brighten up any spring garden.

 

Crocus ‘Snow Bunting’

This award-winning Crocus blooms is well-loved for its sweet scent and clump-forming nature. They bloom with crisp white petals that surround a fiery orange throat. A beautiful fragrant companion for Snowdrops in the early spring.

 

6. Chionodoxa Luciliae

These breath-taking blue flowers are a charming addition to the early spring garden. Their star-shaped blooms create a stunning woodland display when left to naturalize and it’s a wonderful way to add a blue sea of colour to rock gardens or the front of the border.

Plant Chionodoxa Luciliae with…

Cyclamen Coum

Bursting with beautiful charm, these low-growing pink Cyclamen are the perfect companions for planting with Chionodoxa to create a superb woodland-style carpet of colour in early spring.

 

Galanthus Woronowii (Broad Leaf Snowdrop)

A true staple of spring. For planting as a backdrop against low-growing Cylamen and Choinodoxa, the snowy white giant blooms of these snowdrops will make a beautiful fragrant accent plant to a spring woodland display.

 

7. Muscari Armeniacum

These electric blue flowers are guaranteed to liven up any  garden this spring season. As well as their beautiful fragrance, these award-winning blooms are easy to grow, naturalizing and create an amazing colourful impact when planted in drifts around shrubs or under trees.

Plant Muscari Armeniacum with…

Narcissi Jack Snipe

Hardy and striking. The frilled golden-yellow cups are surrounded by delicate pure white petals that deepen to a creamy shade at the base. This free-flowering award winner will create a striking, contrasting colour combination that will dazzle in the spring.

 

Tulip Ballade

This incredibly beautiful award-winner is a spectacular Tulip. Showcasing violet-mauve and white blooms, this unusual colour combination will stand out in borders or containers. An elegant variety for naturalizing in the late-spring garden.

Trends from the Tatton Park Flower Show 2019

The Tatton Park Flower Show took place last week, and we sent a few members of the J Parkers team to scope out the top trends, flowers and planting companions at the 2019 show.

So let’s have a look at some of the gardening styles at this year’s show that you can try out in your own garden.

Popular Flowers

Here are 3 of the most popular and showcased flowers on display around the show and the show gardens.

Verbena Bonariensis

Verbena Bonariensis featured in ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Garden’ by Simon Tetlow

Verbena Bonariensis were dotted around almost every show garden on display this year. Whether as a background plant for a wild border or used as a centerpiece plant with their long stems, these beautiful purple flowers were definitely in the spotlight this year.  A fantastic summer border plant with good pest resistance.

Echinacea

Echinacea featured in ‘The Mindful Garden’ by Ki Tong.

One of our favourite summer flowering perennials were heavily featured this year, the Echinacea. Also known as Coneflowers, they will flower from summer through late autumn, often still in flower as late as October. They make a bright and bold addition to the modern garden, look larger than life at the back of the border, and are a great way to attract butterflies and bees to the UK garden.

Alliums

Allium Drumsticks featured in ‘The Phytosanctuary Garden’.

The beautiful giant blooms of Alliums took a center stage this year. Large varieties were spread all around the show, whilst smaller flowering varieties such as Allium Drumsticks and the half-spherical blooms of Allium Miami were featured in this year’s show gardens. An easy to grow and versatile range of plants that can work in any garden.

Garden Trends

 1. Pollinator Pals (Alliums,Achillea, Agapanthus)

Alliums, Achillea and Agapanthus were strongly featured in the show gardens at this year’s show. The show had a strong theme of pollinator-friendly planting and when it comes to looking after wildlife in the garden, these varieties are well-loved by bees and other pollinators.

Agapanthus are great showy plants with exotic looking flowers, Alliums are easy to grow, stylish plants with tall stems and large pom pom heads of flowers and Achillea are a stunning flowering herbaceous perennial with each flower head containing of hundreds of long lasting, tiny flowers. So, it’s easy to see how these beautiful summer contenders have been a popular choice this year.

Click here to view Alliums

Click here to view Achillea

Click here to view Agapanthus

2. Multi-layered Borders

Another big trend seen around the show gardens is creating layers of a variety of border plants. Ass seen with the brightly colours florals in the ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite Garden’, the subtle contrasting tones in ‘The Perfumer’s Garden’ and the wild themed grassy border in the ‘Baroque Garden’.

Creating a layered garden soothes the eye while enhancing other aspects of the garden. Planting a garden in layers considers both vertical and horizontal eye appeal but also the aspect in which we view the area and seasonal interest. Planting a garden in layers will ensure that the highest plants are at the farthest eye point of the garden with medium sized in the middle and the lowest growing at the front.

Repeated patterns, colours, forms and textures throughout a border can create unique patterns in the landscape.

 

3. Harmonising Hostas

A key trend that was prominent in almost every show garden at this year event was Hostas.

Originating from China and Japan, Hostas are one of the best perennials for shade in the garden, grown in either pots, containers or borders. Renowned for the amazing foliage they produce and have become a common addition for the modern garden designer. Hosta plants are a great perennial plant which is often chosen for their attractive shaped leaves and summer flowers.

Hostas are ideal to add texture and colour to a garden planting scheme. They can be used to complement other plants by adding a contrasting look and style that enhances the overall interest and aesthetic of the scheme. There is a huge choice of varieties available to buy, covering all shapes, colours, and sizes for all tastes.

Click here to view our Hosta range online

4. Glorious Grasses

Ornamental grasses made their presence known in many show gardens this year. A range of herbaceous perennials and grasses were featured in ‘The Mindful Garden’,  such as Festuca. The silvery needles of Festuca glauca were featured in the monochrome palette of the ‘Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Garden’, and long and varied grasses were displayed in the ‘Trail of Thoughts Garden’ to represent the fading of memory with colourful flowers giving way to a grassier and more muted landscape.

Grasses have long since proved their value in the landscape, moving from what was once considered a craze to one that is a solid cultural shift. As gardens have shifted toward lower maintenance and nature friendly, ornamental grasses have fit every bill that today’s gardener demands — while providing the contrast, texture and form that designers crave.

Click here to view our Grasses and Bamboo

5. Heavenly Hydrangeas

Who can forget the ever-changing blooms of hydrangeas. The use of beautiful fragrant shrubs were used for structure in a variety of the show gardens this year. The once overlooked hydrangeas of the past are now the trend setting plants of today.

With immense flower heads, Hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist. Unrivaled in the shrub world for beautiful flowers, they are easy to cultivate, tolerate almost any soil, and produce abundant blooms. Hydrangeas are excellent for a range of garden sites from group plantings to shrub borders to containers.

Click here to view our Hydrangea range