With this in mind I have been putting together a bulb list for garden school members with a selection of my absolute favourite bulb varieties.
If you've never planted bulbs before, then do give it a go. It's a great sight to see the first green shoots poking through the soil, even in the winter, not to mention the fabulous blooms that follow. Even if you're a seasoned bulb-planter, why not try something new this year and enjoy the results during the coming months?
The tulip varieties I've picked out include huge statement Blue Parrot tulips, violet Night Club tulips and deep crimson Ronaldo. I've selected my favourite orange toned tulips, white/green shades as well as some unusual yellow tulips that are nothing like the traditional tulips you'll be used to seeing. These include the native Sylvestris tulip which grows really well in grass and light shade.
My recommendations for daffodils and narcissi include delicate Paperwhite, dwarf Tete-a-tete and large golden Smiling Sun.
Majestic Alium planted now will add character and height to the garden and run from spring into early summer. Try Christophi, Purple Sensation and Sphaerochephalon.
For even more variety in the garden next spring why not plant some Camassia and Crocus bulbs.
If you haven't received my list of recommendations and special prices please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you one.