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BMLBML Posts: 151

I would like to plant Blue bells at the end of my garden where it is shaded by trees but understand that there British Bluebells and Spanish Bluebells so I have three questions.

1.  Which species should I buy?

2. Where can one buy them?

3.  When should one plant them? 


  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener Posts: 1,220

    Lots of companies sell English Bluebells "in the green" at this time of year. I bought some 2 years ago from Abbey Country Gardens, who were advertising in GW magazine. They are selling them now and you should find lots more options if you google "Bluebells in the green"

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    and plant them and water them in as soon as you get them. The leaves will still be on and they're not dormant like daffs when you buy them

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Dave HedgehogDave Hedgehog Posts: 377

    Please buy English Bluebells!!

    The Spanish type are overtaking the native species and out-competeting them in woodlands through hybridisation. Spanish and hybrids have much larger foliage than English type and are altering the gene pool, slowly wiping out our incredibly beautiful indigenous species.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,393

    Assuming you live in the UK, buy only English Bluebells.  If you buy Spanish they will hybridise with the native English Bluebells in the wild, threatening the native species.  The worst case scenario would be the Spanish taking over and decimating the native population.... I am not anti Spanish or EU (quite the opposite) but it is important ecologically to keep the English Bluebell.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • RainbowfishRainbowfish Posts: 276

    The english ones also have a lovely scent image

  • jt_0001jt_0001 Posts: 14

    just do a google search for native bulbs.  Plant in august. they usually only ship them august to november

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    where are you jt? They're for sale now in the green in the UK. Dry ones in late summer/autumn aren't very reliable. There's no natural stage in a plant's life when it's out of the ground and dried out, 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,843

    Try Broadleigh bulbs. You can buy online. Very reliable - I've bought quite a few native bulbs from them. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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