Annuals and spring bulbs
redandblack_uk Posts: 22
Hi! My hubby is building me two raised beds at the bottom of our garden. The house faces north but in summer the bottom of the garden gets a decent amount of sun as it’s away from the house. I’m thinking of trying some spring bulbs and hardy annuals as I’m new to gardening and my budget is fairly limited after renovating the garden!! How and when do I plant the bulbs and annuals in together? Probs a daft question. Or should I do bulbs in pots and annuals in the borders? Any suggestions for a newbie most welcome! I’m happy to experiment with which flowers will work in my garden as the cost of bulbs and seeds is quite low. Don’t want to shell out on lots of expensive plants til I’ve figured out what I’m doing etc. Thanks! X
For best effect, plant clumps of them in groups pf 3, 5 or 7 and put them in deep - at least twice their height of soil on top of them.
Crocuses tend to flower earlier and be very short so you could plant those in groups along the front edge of your raised beds. The same rules apply about depth of soil over the bulb.
Other bulbs are available but can be more expensive.
Annuals are best sown or planted in spring, by which time you'll see where the daffs are and can plant around and thru them. There are some hardy annuals that can be sown for autumn planting but I think it's too late for this year. However, you'll probably find some cheap trays of winter floweriing pansies that will fill gaps for now and provide colour in milder spells thru winter as long as you keep them dead-headed to stop them diverting energy to seeds.
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