Spring Flowering Bulbs - NOW IN!

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As you may now be aware our huge selection of spring flowering bulbs are now in store and now is a great time to plant them so you have a wonderful, colourful display come spring time.

Our bulb expert Nicky Peto was lucky enough to make another visit to the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland this year and personally chose all of the great varieties of bulbs for Coolings this season, with some old favourites along with a few new varieties.  Here, Nicky tells us some of her favourite picks from her visit...

It is great to see bulbs growing rather than just choosing from a catalogue, which often doesn't do justice to the great colour and structure that spring bulbs can bring to your garden.

The Allium fountain
The Allium fountain is a stunning water sculpture centre piece which surely makes anyone want to grow a few of the many varieties of Alliums available, to give the garden an elegant touch.  The dried seed heads are very sculptural when touched by frost.

Narcissus 'Thalia'
My all time favourite, Narcissus 'Thalia', with its dainty pure white nodding heads which last well.

Tulip 'Casa Grande'
The stunning large flowered, scarlet Tulip 'Casa Grande' makes a distinctive powerful coloured display. 

Tulip 'Purple Prince' and 'Candy Prince'
Tulip 'Purple Prince' and 'Candy Prince', look great when planted together and are good varieties for growing in pots as they are not too tall.

 Purple Prince

 Candy Prince

Tulip 'Synaeda Amour' with 'Muscari Arnaenicum'
I really like to under plant my tulips with another bulb and I think that this combination works really well. 

Tulip 'Ballerina'
This is a dainty lily flowered Tulip with a lovely scent, which is why we have chosen it as our Coolings Family voucher offer for October.

Narcissus 'Thalia', Tulip 'Princess Irene', Hyacinth 'Pink Pearl' and 'Peter Stuyvesant'
A lovely combination with Hyacinths giving a powerful perfume.

Tulip 'Queen of the Night'
This is an all time favourite, superb dark maroon black flowers giving a sophisticated look to your display. 

Tulip 'Estella Rijnveld'
A popular parrot Tulip with feathery red/white flowers, looks stunning in a vase.

Tulip 'La Belle Epoque'
An unusual creamy caramel pink colour, very dramatic when fully opened.

Tulip 'El Nino'
This is a bold Tulip in every sense, large lily flowered, no two flowers are the same - some speckled, some quite orange.  Carried on tall strong stems, when the flowers open they are iridescent. 

Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'
A delicate dwarf Iris with exquisitely marked petals.

Fritillaria 'Aurora'
Makes an imposing statement piece.  Great to plant at the back of borders.

If you are wanting some ideas on colour themes have a look at out Colour Wheel 

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