The term ‘bulb lasagne’ may sound a little odd, but it is actually a very effective means of planting bulbs for the most abundant flowering displays. Like the very dish itself, bulbs are planted in layers, where come spring, will flower together or in succession. Whether your garden consists of a vast lawn or a little balcony, this planting arrangement is excellent for every possible outdoor space.
You can choose any of your favourite varieties, but for lasting results, choose those that flower early (like Crocus), and others that flower in spring, such as Daffodils. If planting Daffodils, opt for a dwarf variety such as ‘Tête-à-tête’ – as these will grow more contently in a smaller space.
If you wish to have your bulbs bloom all at once, planting taller species such as Tulips, with smaller ones such as Anemones will create that professionally-landscaped look due to the verticality they create.
Like the idea of making your very own bulb lasagne? Then read on to find out what you’ll need!
Bulb Lasagne: What you’ll need…
- An assortment of your favourite flower bulbs (two or three varieties). They can either have the same flowering period, or a different one each. The latter is best if you are wanting a continuation of flowers from winter to the end of spring.
- A large pot. Always ensure that there are holes at the bottom to prevent too much water building up.
- Enough soil to fill the pot. We recommend two parts loam-based soil and one part gravel. The gravel will importantly boost drainage.
Making your Bulb Lasagne
- Plant the taller growing bulbs around a third of the way down your pot, then cover them with your soil mix.
- Subsequently plant your second layer of bulbs, but not so they are sitting directly above any bulbs in your first layer. This could hinder their growth.
- Repeat this step once more (if you are making three layers), and then fill the pot up to the top with your soil.
- Provide a generous watering.
When foliage begins to emerge from the soil, you should start watering your plants more frequently. Try to keep the soil consistently moist. You can also apply a liquid feed every two weeks (such as tomato food diluted to half strength) to keep your plants growing strongly. This will always prevent them from producing too much foliage and too little flowers.
Once your plants have ‘gone over’ (where they stop flowering and their leaves turn brown) move them to a sheltered spot and only water sparingly from now on.
Did you enjoy this read? If you are looking to make a bulb lasagne in your garden, why not browse our large range of spring flowering bulbs here? Lovingly grown by a long-standing nursery, these vary from the woodland classics such as Bluebells, to the more unique varieties such as Tulip ‘Parrot King’.