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NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134

In our last house which we were renting, in the garden they had this huge pot which they had filled with perennials and as soon as spring came it was full of daffodils, then tulips and then I couldn't tell you what else..

They had planted it up so that when one died back the next one was coming up so the planter was always in flower but changed throughout the year and it was beautiful! 

I want to copy!

does anyone know what I should get so I can do the same thing?   


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,665

    Its called lasagne planting. You have early bulbs like snowdrops or crocus on the edge. below that you plant early daffodils, below that are later tulips. I found it only really worked for one year and then you have to get new bulbs and replant.

  • NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134

    Oh really Fidget, thats a shame! 

  • GrannybeeGrannybee Posts: 312

    I agree with Fidget. When that happened, I separated out all the bulbs and put them in separate pots and the effect was much better! It also meant I could remove the dying flowers and not have the dead foliage in the same pot as new flowers.  I wondered if they needed so much more compost and nutrients that the lasagne thingy did not work so well next time around.

  • michaelw1michaelw1 Posts: 34

    We have this is a garden border, every year is daffs then tulips then bluebells then poppies, needs absolutely no maintenance and has been doing it for years. I wonder why?! 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,768

    It's something I used to do most autumns ... plant up a multi layered pot of spring bulbs, sometimes with some trailing variegated ivy as well ... but in the summer I'd replace that container with a pot of summer bedding plants, pelargoniums, fuchsia, trailing lobelia, that sort of thing.

    Then in the autumn I'd plant all the bulbs in the garden and plant up another potful for the next spring.  

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

  • NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134

    im definately going to do it in my borders If pots don't seem to work very well.. 

    I wonder how my landlord got it to work?? it was a very big pot.. 

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