Bulbalicious - by Nicky Peto

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Having been lucky enough to again visit the world famous Keukenhof Gardens in Holland this spring, I came back brimming with enthusiasm for all the beautiful bulbs.  The colour and planting combinations made me hungry to try lots of new ideas, there were many schemes to give a really long display of colour, starting with crocus going right through to late flowering tulips and elegant alliums.

My favourite combination was fairly subtle containing Frittilaria Persica and Ivory bells with Hyacinth Woodstock, tulips Purissima and Negrita.  Another one to try, Hyacinth Woodstock, Pink Pearl, Muscari Armeniacum, Tulips Negrita and Passionale.

A number of combinations could be adapted to planting in pots, you don\\\'t need a massive flower bed to create a good effect.  Plant in layers, in what is called lasagne planting, with late flowering tulips at the bottom, a few not too tall alliums next, then narcissi followed by hyacinths and finally crocus near the top; this will give nearly 100 days of colour.

My favourite tulips for this year are Brown Sugar, Van Eijk, Exotic Emporer, Negrita Purissima and El nino.  Brown Sugar looks lovely planted with narcissus actaea.

Purissima with narcissus Sir Winston Churchill is a good combination.  If I had to choose one variety of narcissi to grow it would have to be the very elegant thalia, with multi-headed pure white flowers, they look great when partnered with lily flowered tulip Purple Dream.

Visit our bulb store for lots of ideas and great offers.  See our biggest ever range of loose tulips in our pick n mix range.

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