How to set your garden up for an ‘all-year-round’ bloom


This Summer those of us who are lucky enough to have an outdoor space have been more grateful for this privilege than ever before. With most of the summer spent at home our gardens have become a safe haven away from the chaos of the world around us.

As the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves start to change colour there is a real shift of energy in the garden and a change in how you tend to it to keep it somewhere you want to spend your time. Time spent carefully in the autumn can set up your garden to be the oasis you have enjoyed in the summer all year round.

Have you tried a bulb lasagne?

Aside from the sweeping and clearing that comes hand in hand with the change of season, September is a key month to get bulb planting.

The warm September soil is perfect for planting bulbs to create a lift in the spring – and all year round! We love gardening expert and seed seller Sarah Raven’s tip of making a ‘bulb lasagne’, i.e layering bulbs up one on top of the other. Here’s how you can create your own in 4 simple steps:

  1. Find a planter

A planter is perfect for any outdoor space, be is large, small, courtyard, garden, or balcony. We have a wide selection of wooden planters available in a range of styles and sizes, so pick the one that is perfect for your space.

  1. Select your bulbs

This is where you need to be selective, choosing the right bulbs is almost like conducting an orchestra – you need to know which will come through at their specific moment.

The largest and latest flowering bulbs go in deepest, moving to the smallest and earliest in the top layer. Try mixing early and late tulips such as May flowering ‘Spring Green’ followed by April flowering ‘Princess Irene’.

  1. Spacing is key

Done like this, you need to plant the bulbs slightly further apart than you would in a pot with a single layer so 1 to 11/2 inches apart is the right sort of spacing. The first layer can go as deep as 11-12 inches deep. Then cover them over with a couple of inches of potting compost, before you place the next layer of bulbs.

Sarah Raven says:

“In my large Longtoms, (16 inches wide and 25 inches deep) I have fifteen bulbs in each layer, so forty five bulbs in the triple-decker, the bottom layer planted at nearly a foot, the middle at 8 inches deep and the top bulbs 4-5 inches below the compost’s surface.”

  1. Water and wait!

Good luck! We’d love to know if you have a go at this method, tag us in your pictures on Instagram @gardentrellisco or e-mail them direct to us at [email protected].


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