Inspired by my visit in Spring ’16 to Keukenhof Park just outside Amsterdam and seeing 7 million bulbs in bloom, last October we planted 1000 bulbs in a plant bed in our front garden under some deciduous shrubs. The bulbs we planted were a special mix called ‘Lelystad’ which should flower from February to April and are insect friendly, providing early nectar to insects.
Green shoots came up in February this year and by March, Narcissus Topolino were flowering away.
In April the spring colour exploded.
The bulbs kept flowering through April and May and are only just now going over.
The bulb mix I choose is low growing to a height of 200mm as it is growing under shrubs in this plant bed, but there are a wide range of mixtures, colours, heights and flowering periods. They can be planted in large areas such as grass verges, lawns, meadows etc by mechanical planting which I saw in Holland. Then you can sit back and enjoy Spring.
The Keukenhof Park, see www.keukenhof.nl
Bulb supplier: www.jubholland.nl