Spalding Plant & Bulb Company have set a challenge to find the best Spring Flowering Bulb Display for the patio using just five types of flowering bulb.
The display I have in mind would suit a large round patio tub or container at last 40cm deep and should be placed in full sun to enjoy during April and May.
If you don’t have a round container the display would work in a square or oblong as long as you remember to plant the tallest bulbs at the back and the shortest at the front.
My colour scheme is Orange and Blue; a cheery combination to complement the yellows usually seen at this time of year.
I hope you like it, if you do then it’s not too late to buy spring flowering bulbs; plant now for a stunning spring display.
|My first bulb is Fritillaria Imperialis ‘Red Crown‘ (Crown Imperial) which are a deep orange colour and reach about 90cm in height for a dramatic impact.Depending in the size of the pot, 3 or 5 should be placed together in centre of the pot as closely as possible but with enough room to grow freely.|
|My second choice is Tulipa ‘El Nino’ (Tulip) which is a tall variety, up to 75cm, in warm shades of orange, red and pink.These should be planted around and through the Crown Imperial bulbs to produce a surround ring of warmth.|
|My third choice is also a tulip; Tulipa ‘Prinses Irene’.It is half the height, 35cm, of the El Nino which will produce a lower layer of bright orange and red.|
|To add a contrast the next layer is Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Blue Jacket’ (Hyacinth).These will grow to a height of 20cm and add wonderful scent to the display.|
|To finish off the front or edge of the container should be planted with lots of Muscari armeniacum (Grape Hyacinth).Fill in any remaining gaps; at just 10-20cm high these should cover any remaining soil.|