If you are looking for a great way to introduce a riot of colour to your garden next spring why not create a 'layered bulb pot', an easy and fantastic way of creating a beautiful spring flowering display that will change and evolve throughout the spring. This interesting technique will ensure eye-catching, long-lasting floral displays which are perfect for any size garden, patio or balcony.

Bulb layering is an easy to do, versatile method allowing you to create arrangements that suit your own personal style and taste and are ideal for novice gardeners to create as well as those gardeners with an abundance of experience. Below you wil see a guide on the best bulbs to use for this simple style of planting and some 'how to' steps to help you create your very own layered bulb display of home.

What You Will Need Additional Extras
Frost proof terracotta pot
Multi-purpose compost
Selection of spring flowering bulbs
Gravel/pottery shards
Set of 3 pot feet
Bulb food
Trowel
Gardening gloves

To create a display which flowers in succession, all you need is a large pot and a variety of bulbs that will flower at different times. Ensure that your pot is both wide enough and deep enough to hold the number of layers you have chosen. Choosing bulbs which grow to different heights will create a more interesting spring display. A great classic combination is tulips, daffodils and grape hyacinth. Generally the largest and latest flowering bulbs go in deepest with the smallest and earliest in the top layer. make sure you consider the planting depth of your bulbs when designing your layered garden pot.

Step 1

Drainage is key with bulbs so firstly make sure you select a pot or container with holes at the base. Cover these holes with either pottery shards or pebbles to keep them from becoming clogged with soil.

Step 2

Add a thick layer of your compost mixed with bulb food and place the first layer of your chosen bulbs. Whilst adding your bulbs, avoid placing them too close to the sides of your container. Bulbs planted in a pot can be closer together than those planted in the ground, nevertheless, ensure your bulbs ore not touching each other.

Step 3

Continue layering until you have covered your top bulbs with a final layer of soil. Water well once you have completed your layered pot and regularly in the first weeks when their root are forming, ensure you do not let the compost dry out. Pots planted with spnng flowering bulbs can tolerate a certain amount of freezing weather but will need some protection in severe periods of frost.

Suggested Combinations

Bottom Layer Middle Layer Top Layer
Tulips
Daffodils
Allium
Dwarf Narcissi
Hyacinth
Fritillaria
Crocus
Muscat
Snowdrops