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Bulbs in Borders

Bulbs are low maintenance and reappear with little effort each year, making them the ideal way to add colour and interest in beds and borders.

They can be planted in spring, summer or autumn (read the packet labels to find out which is the best time of year for your bulb).

Most garden bulbs should be planted as soon as they are bought.

For best results, choose bold, contrasting varieties for splashes of colour around the garden

Below is a step by step guide on how to get a great display.

Step 1

Decide where you want to plant your bulbs. Check the packet label for advice on the best location for the variety you have bought.

For the best effect in garden borders, plant them in large clumps to maximise the impact of colour.

Dig out a hole in the garden soil that is deep enough to cover the bulb with twice its height in compost.

Loosen the soil in the base of the hole and mix in Westland Bulb Planting Compost.

Step 2

Push each bulb down to twice its height in the compost with the pointy nose end facing upwards (again, check packet label for specific advice for the bulb you have chosen).

Leave about 10cm (4in) between each bulb, so they do not touch.

Try to position in a haphazard way (not in straight lines) to mimic a natural display.


Step 3

Cover over the bulbs with more Westland Bulb Planting Compost and firm down evenly.

Cover over the top with garden soil and mark the spot with a plant label.

Step 4

When bulbs begin flowering, feed every 10 days with a high potassium feed, such as Westland Big Tom.  Begin feeding when shoots appear and stop once the leaves start to wither at the end of the season.

Step 5

Once the leaves start to wither at the end of the season, allow them to die off naturally then gently remove them  with a pair of scissors and leave in the ground, ready to flower again the following year.

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