Forum home Plants

Bulbs for newbies

hi I have just finished a community garden that I did by myself and would love to hear everyone suggestions on what bulbs to plant this month to get us started for next year. 

I have a very very large raised bed and a load of large planters (as the land was 2 feet of compacted hardcore with asbestos under that) and a shaded rockery and small shaded bed. I live on the west of Scotland. 

Some pictures showing the land at the start of the year (it's taken me three years to level it off as it was waste land before) and some pictures during, just got some free fencing up at the end ????imageimage



  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Congratulations on a big piece of work well done, it looks great. I wouldn't bother with hyacinths or tulips as they give up after a couple of years.  The exceptions are the species tulips which are closer to the wild types, and longer lived. I don't grow tall daffodils as they get flattened by the wind.  I've planted lots of tete-a-tete which are smaller, I've found them reliable.  As I live in a milder climate than you, I don't feel qualified to suggest anything else.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    All the suggestions by Josusa will be fine there Christina image

    The reticulata Irises are also lovely for earlier in the year, but are also shorter lived and diminish after a couple of years. They're good in pots so that you can alter the contents if you want something which isn't permanent.

    The species tulips are terrific. You can plant them with some of the taller daffs/narcissus and their foliage will hide they tulip foliage as they emerge. Ideally, some perennials or deciduous shrubs with daffs is a better idea, as they give support to the bulbs, and disguise the dying foliage.

    Crocus, snowdrops, grape hyacinths (although they can spread quite a bit) will all be fine. It depends on the soil and aspect too - moist for the snowdrops, although it's not really a problem here image

    Bit of sun for the crocus, and shade is best for the snowdrops. Sun for the tulips and anything is fine for daffs/narcissus, although some of the fancier narcissus appreciate a lighter spot.

    If you're planting under the trees, you may need to experiment a bit. Depends whether that's the direction the rain comes from. I can grow lots of things under my conifers as enough rain gets through. 

    For next summer - alliums are great for the sunnier, well drained spots. There are loads to choose from. It's a good idea to take a look at some of the specialist online suppliers like Avon and Peter Nyssen. Only probelm is - it's easy to get carried away  image

    These are all pretty foolproof and readily available , so no reason not to get planting!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Oh my Josusa and Fairygirl thank you so much, this has made me quite excited!!! 

    now I have a start on things to look up thank you! 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669

    Most of the alluims like hot,dry conditions, not sure if you have access Homebase have big bags of mixed daffs for a fiver at the moment, because it looks like you have spent a great deal of money, it looks wonderful, who is going to use the space, are you a gardener/designer?  All the suggestions on here are great, well done that Fairygirl, she is ace.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Wouldn't go that far NannyB....image

    But very kind of you  image

    Stick with the straightforward stuff to begin with Christina - then, when you get the bug big time, you can get more adventurous!  image

    If you want ideas for specific areas, you can always come back and ask anyway. There will be lots of further suggestions  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994

    Thalia is a lovely pure white daffodil with multiple heads. It doesn't get too high and should last a few years.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
Sign In or Register to comment.