It’s all about the bulbs!

Bulbs, garden design, colouorful flowers, kerry garden, tim austen, garden designer

Lilium 'Robina' in Bloom in my parent's garden in Kerry

At this time of year, we often revist gardens with our clients to undertake bulb planting.  We usually put together specific bulb planting plans within our overall garden designs, as along with winter planting of bare-root trees, bulbs are a great way of achieving impact with minimal outlay  and care. The benefits of bulb-planting to garden design are manifold:

  • they are often the missing links in creating a real succession of  colour through the year in the garden
  • they will flourish in most types of well-drained soil
  • they will thrive in almost every conceivable position or situation in the garden, whether sun or partial shade
  • they offer infinite variety in colour, form, height and texture – all qualities that garden designers seek out
  • their flowers last well and often make good cut flowers
  • bulbs are relatively easy to cultivate giving a high success rate for beginner gardeners

And if you plant bulbs just think you are carrying on a great  garden design tradition with early recordings of bulb cultivation dating back to the Egyptians eighteen centuries before Christ, to the  Greeks and the Romans.   This is not surprising since the natural habitat for many of our commonest bulbs is in parts of the world with hot, dry  summers.

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