Easy Ideas For Pretty Pots

Only have limited space? Let us inspire you with these perfect planting ideas for big impact in small spots.

Create a focal point on your patio

Every garden, whether small or large, needs focal points to lead the eye and add interest in key parts of the plot. With bulbs it’s easy to create one – a bowl that is low can seem excellent on wall or a table, while a larger pot of bulbs put at the conclusion of a route or in a prominent area on the veranda adds a welcome burst of colour in spring. To be sure to get a long season of interest, either plant a succession of bulbs which will flower for weeks, or join a perennial and your bulbs flowering before and after to supply long-lasting interest.

PURPLE PASSION

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Planting for a focal point means the display needs to stand out. Using two plants in exactly the same colour, makes for a bold impact. The dark heuchera and purple tulip complement each other superbly. The heuchera provides a splash of colour during winter until the tulips come into bloom and hides any bare earth.

Bulb planting depth: 10-15cm

Flowers: Tulip ‘Ronaldo’ and dark-leaved heucheras

Also try: Dark tulips such as ‘Queen of the Night’ or ‘Black Hero’ and dark-leaved heucheras including ‘Palace Purple’ or ‘Obsidian’

TABLETOP TULIP

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The combination of a bowl and small tulips makes the perfect focal point for a patio table or terrace. Choose a vibrant, colourful variety to boost the impact. To get a longer-lasting season of colour, try combining two varieties with different flowering times and plant in layers, separating the two layers with potting mix. As one display comes to an end, the next one will follow.

Bulb planting depth: 10-15cm

Flowers: Tulipa greigii ‘Cape Cod’

If you can’t plant your bulbs immediately after you’ve bought them, store them in a cool, dry place until you have time to get into your garden.

You could look here tips about growing tulips.

Give your windowsill a boost

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Bulbs planted in troughs and window boxes are an easy way to add colour on windowsills and outside your front door.

If using a combination of bulbs, plant the taller ones at the back of your planter. Choose a container with drainage holes, and if you’re placing it on a windowsill, make sure it fits and is secure. Avoid windy, exposed sills where bulbs will struggle to put on a good display.

LIGHT FOR SHADE

Bring life to a gloomy spot using a combination of shade-tolerant flowers. Blue and yellow are the perfect spring colour combination, with the anemone and cowslips (above) both coming into flower together. Anemones like good drainage, so mix three parts potting mix with one part sand when you’re planting.

Bulb planting depth: 5cm – plant bulbs (also called tubers) on their longest side.

Flowers: Anemone blanda with Primula veris

Also try: Scilla siberica or Chionodoxa luciliae

DAINTY DAFFODILS

We often think of daffodils as large, yellow blooms growing in borders, but this group of flowers has a lot more to offer. There are many small varieties, lots with delicate flowers in subtle shades, which all wonderfully lend themselves to window boxes. The less blousy flowers also bring sophistication to a scheme. Ensure your window boxes are in a sheltered position and have adequate drainage before planting bulbs in bulb fibre or multipurpose compost. Place twigs in the container, ready to support any toppling blooms.

Bulb planting depth: 10-15cm

Flowers: Narcissus ‘Tracey’

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