The ground is looks fairly miserable and rock hard at the moment and although it seems to have gotten milder over the past few days we are still yet to see spring bulbs in full bloom and overwhelming the countryside with their colour. While we wait for the bulbs to show up we give you our top 5 Spring bulbs for your garden.
- Number one the list is of course the Daffodil, the plant most people associate with the beginning of the season. Daffodils are also called Narcissus i.e. the botanic name for the plant and while yellow is the colour most associated with the plant, Daffodils also come in shades and tones of white, orange, pink, red and green. Daffodils often grow in large clusters and are among the earliest to blooms in Spring. Daffodils can be quite hardy and will do well with about 1 inch of water per week while they are actively growing and blooming from March to May.
- Hyacinths are a generous flowering plant noted for its long lasting blooms and great fragrance. Hyacinths are easy to grow and make excellent companions for other cool weather flowering plants such as Tulips or Daffodils. They can be grown in full sun or part shade, come in a wide variety of colors, and generally bloom in mid-spring, from March to April.
- Third on the list are “Tulips from Amsterdam”. Tulips come in an incredible variety of colors, heights shapes and are even some are fragrant. Tulips are very easy to grow, will bloom in almost any soil, with a good drainage but high temperature can ruin the Tulip bulb and result in poor quality bloom the following year – but I’m not sure we need to worry about that with our climate?
- Snowdrops are delightful and easy plant to grow are often is one of the first to bloom in spring. Snowdrops require virtually no maintenance and will spread readily but since they are small it is would be best to plant a large number to make a dramatic effect!
- Last but not least is Amaryllis. Also known as the Belladonna Lily it is said that the amaryllis bulb is the easiest to bring to bloom. Just like many Spring bulbs Amaryllis comes in various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange and many striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white. However the bulb is not frost-tolerant and favours a warm climate to bloom and is also depending on the onset of rain.