Courtney-P Posts: 15
Hello, new gardener here I want to plant bulbs in my (north east) facing front garden for next year - ideally daffodils, tulips, gladioli, alliums and snowdrops, so that they come up at different times but on similar places. I’ve never planted bulbs before so not sure how to do this correctly, do I stack them on top of each other? Also any recommendations on when to plant would be appreciated! Thank you
Many gladioli aren't hardy everywhere so you'd need to keep them under cover over winter to plant out later if you're in a wetter/colder part of the country.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Daffodils planted in norther corners start to bloom only at the end of their expected season, blooms will be big, but there will be less of them. And depending on how deep they were in the ground they may not show up next year.
As it was pointer out earlier, big part of bulbs listed by you need a lot of sun and drainage to thrive and not rot over winter.
So far I had a very rotten luck with my attempts of "lasagna" in the ground vs the ones in a pot. Soil in pots heats up differently compared to flat bed so the timing is not the same as it would be in a pot.
Then there's a question of bulbs multiplying if it DOES succeed... The upper layers of lasagna will get more thick and create a barrier for anything underneath and then you have tulips (for example) uprooting and pushing out crocus or getting crooked and tangled up and eventually popping form the ground blanched and weak (if they do at all). In a pot version you would just tip it over and re-arrange each year.
If you really want lasagna you could get few big-ish pots and place them strategically in your garden as lifted focal points.
But I ultimately agree with @BobTheGardener that bulbs look the best in lines or clusters. They need to work against each other to produce the effect of patch of color, otherwise they look too thin and barely surviving (even if everything comes up just fine). Barren patches between solitary stems will do them no favor and I assume you wanted to put bulbs as a carpet of bloom to see through season.
If you decide to make them in patches after all, may I suggest putting few hellebores or ferns between them? Or alternatively you can put hardy cyclamen as a ground cover. This way you will get some bloom before and after bulbs bloom season and evergreen foliage.
I think snowdrops and daffodils have best chances to survive in your garden!
(daffs with added ferns and hellebores)
(daffs and cyclamen)
So it’s all hellebores and fern now.
Usually we grow British Gamble, my husband loves big trumpets . I dotted a bunch of doubles between them this year and thought it would be fun, but they came up super late and rather look like lonely strugglers just an odd one or two a foot apart here and there … they all have come up, but I guess I should have read when they come up on a label with more attention and not just assume they will match the timing )) and maybe plant them as a separate cluster