Posts Tagged ‘Spring bulbs’

Time to be thinking about your spring bulbs

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Sep 2016 in Plants

Golden narcissus at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox

Bulb planting is one of my least favourite tasks, I think perhaps because it takes quite a bit of effort and you have to wait a long time before you get to reap the rewards.  Even thinking about the future displays of spring flowers doesn’t always get me fully motivated!

But in late winter and early spring when you’re yearning for a bit of warmth, there’s nothing better than being greeted the early displays of spring colour.

Spring crocus at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox Designs

So I thought I’d share a few of my favourites, which never fail to make me smile.

I often specify Narcissus Tête-a-Tête because it’s so reliable, clumps up really well and flowers for such a long period of time.  This is a dwarf variety.  The flowers appear from late February and continue well into April. ‘February Gold’ is another dwarf early-flowering narcissus that I often specify – as the name suggests, it flowers early in the season.

Narcissus Tete-a-Tete Lisa Cox Garden designs

I love snowdrops too, I think because they’re in flower when not much else is around. These are often more successful to establish if planted “in the green”, meaning when the flowers have faded and the leaves are still green, but you can plant in the autumn, just be prepared that some may not come up.  They always seem to last for a long time, promising that Spring is just around the corner.

Emerging snowdrops Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Spring planting at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox Designs

Tulips are another favourite of mine.  I tend to be drawn to deep purples, deep reds and oranges and I often specify ‘Queen of the Night’ which is a very deep purple and ‘Couleur Cardinal’ which is a deep, rich red.

Planting Mazda Garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015

Tulipa Vincent Van Gough Lisa Cox Garden Designs

If you’re just after a burst of colour throughout the spring then another good way of choosing bulbs is to go for a ready-made mix.  All the bulb specialists offer mixes which have been designed to provide colour for long periods. It tends to be a more cost effective way to buy them too.  Some bulbs, especially names species of tulips, can be quite pricey so it soon adds up.


(Images: Lisa Cox)


10 plants waking up in my garden

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Mar 2014 in Plants

Tree peony emerging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We were in France last weekend and even after just a couple of days away I noticed how much the garden has woken up when we got back. Read more

First signs of spring at RHS Garden Wisley – Part Two

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Mar 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

crocus at RHS Wisley Garden Lisa Cox Designs

On Tuesday I shared some images of RHS Garden Wisley, which is feeling very spring like now.  I took so many images of the spring flowers that I thought I’d share them with you in a separate blog post. Read more

First signs of spring at RHS Garden Wisley – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Mar 2014 in Inspiration

RHS Garden Wisley by Lisa Cox

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Garden Flowers: Muscari…the Grape Hyacinth

2 Written by Lisa on 8th Mar 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona , features the popular spring bulb, the muscari. Read more

Garden Flowers: Now is the time to plant your spring-flowering bulbs

4 Written by Lisa on 7th Oct 2011 in Garden Flowers

Now is the time to plant your spring-flowering bulbs. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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