Many believe that early-mid autumn is the only time window for planting spring-flowering bulbs, but the truth is, if you miss this timeframe, don’t worry; there’s still plenty of time to plant bulbs. Keep reading to view our tips for planting spring-flowering bulbs in late autumn and winter.
When should you stop planting spring bulbs?
Tulips, Daffodils and all other spring floweringbulbs are normally planted throughout September, October and November. However, if you still have spring bulbs to plant, you can still plant them in December, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. A good rule of thumb is as long as it’s still mild, it isn’t too late. You can even keep planting tulip bulbs into January if the weather allows!
What do you do if the ground is frozen?
If the ground is frozen, there’s another option. Plant your remaining bulbs in pots using potting soil and store them in a dark, cool place over winter (e.g. garage or cellar), until the ground becomes workable again.
Knowing exactly what to plant in November can be a bit of a grey area, especially for those who are new to the hobby. However, this month is a critical time for gardeners.
From spring-flowering bulbs to bare-root plants, there’s plenty to be getting in the ground throughout November. Read our guide to help you form your to-do list this month.
A spring classic: the wholesome daffodil is a necessity for your spring gardens next year. Our daffodil range is huge, perfect for those looking for more than your average daffodil variety. Add to your beds, borders, or even containers for an impressive display throughout the month, or to be used as cut flowers for your spring arrangements!
Tulips come in all shapes and sizes, and our tulip range is truly unmatched. From Darwin Hybrids to Viridifloraspecies, we’ve got a variety that will suit everyone’s different tastes. When it comes down to what to plant in November, tulips are essential spring and summer flowering bulbs to be getting in the ground.
Start to get your bare root rose plants into the ground starting from November. Bare root roses can be planted from now till March, so you have plenty of time to get these bad boys planted and ready to go for summer and autumn.
Pansies are a British favourite, and this spring should be no exception. November is almost a last call for getting your pansies into your beds and borders, ready to appear through winter and spring. Explore our full range of pansies, both maxi plugs and garden ready, today.
As the cold weather is finally upon us, you might be wondering what to plant in October. Gardeners across the UK are probably getting their gloves on as we speak!
The end of September marked the start of bulb planting season, and this continues throughout October. However, if you’re new to gardening and are unsure of where to start this month, this blog is for you. From bulbs to shrubs, there’s plenty to be getting on with this coming month.
Our tulip range is truly extensive. There’s definitely a tulip variety for everyone to choose from, regardless of garden themes or personal taste. Offering a bountiful pop of colour to your beds, borders, and patio pots, the reliable tulip is a must-have for any spring garden display.
Achieve a woodland aesthetic with our snowdroprange. These little bells of pure white remind many of spring forest walks. The perfect height for adding to the front of your bedding, as well as being incredible naturalisers. See these beauties reappear year after year throughout the spring months.
If you’re still unsure of what to plant in October, the Iris is truly something to behold. Available in a myriad of colours and heights, the iris is the perfect spring bulb. Add interest to your borders and patio pots with our spring-flowering irises.
One of our more popular spring-time bulbs is the humbledaffodil. No spring garden would be complete without some of these beauties. Dot around your garden for sporadic pops of colour, or cut in spring for beautiful cut flower displays.
If you’re looking for an easy to grow bulb that will bring some vibrancy to your garden in early spring, you can’t go wrong with Iris Reticulata.
Of all our spring flowering Iris, Iris Reticulata Pixie is a particularly popular variety for a number of reasons. This beautiful Iris Reticulata flowers early in spring when little else in the garden is in flower, bringing vibrant violet-blue hues to your borders and patio pots. Each petal is delicately marked with golden yellow and white flecks. These exquisite flowers are sure to brighten up the garden in February and March.
You can plant these beautiful Iris in the front of your border, or in pots for the patio. Jeff talks us through both options in the below video so you can get the most out of your bulbs.
Bulbs are to be planted 8cm deep and around 10-12cm apart, in well drained soil. It is often best to try to position then with plenty of access to sun. For best results, plant in September through to November.
Take some care to prevent slugs and snails from attacking the Iris once planted, Jeff uses fine alpine grit to get the job done!
Most Iris can naturalise well if left undisturbed or alternatively bulbs can be lifted and separated in autumn. After flowering feed with a high potash fertilizer to encourage large bulbs to form.