Garden designer Angela Collins is an absolute whizz with a container. Planting up a pot is a real talent: bunging in a few things works okay but to get something truly earth shattering you need a plan. Angel has come up with a few recipes for pots to liven up your springs. No time to waste, get going‚Ä¶
- 1 or 2 large Euphorbia wulfenii subs.characias
- 3 Anemanthele lawsonniana (2 or 3 ltr pots)
- 3 Dryopteris wallichiana (2 or 3 ltr pots),¬†underplanted with;
- 30 Muscari macrocarpum Golden Fragrance
- 15 Tulip Violet Bird and 15 Tulip Burgundy,¬†or¬†underplanted with;
- 15 Tulip Stunning Apricot
- 15 Tulip Burgundy
- 5 Fritillaria persica
- 15 Tulip Pittsburg and 15 Tulip Indian Velvet
- 25 Scilla mischtschenkoana
- 25 Crocus Ladykiller
The Window Box
- 3 Hellebore Niger (3ltr)
- 4 Heuchera Limerickey (9cm)
- 10 Narcissus Thalia
- 10 Tulipa Pirvilla Lady
- 7 Convallaria majalis
The Wine Box
for frost free greenhouse
- 15 Anemone coronaria Bordeaux (need warmth)
- 15 Tulipa Jan Reus
- 15 Tulipa Havran
Method for Layering Bulbs
- Always use a good¬† free draining compost such as John Innes No.2 with added horticultural grit, sort of 3-1
- Put some crocks or stones into the bottom of the pot
- Fill with the compost up to the point where your first layer of bulbs will start.
- Each bulb needs to be planted 3 x their own depth.
- With this recipe using the fritillarias, you will need to leave a space¬†of 45cm or 16″, so make sure your pot is sufficiently deep
- You put the biggest bulbs at the bottom, so put in your fritillaries, then cover with a good layer of compost.
- Then add your 2 layers of tulips, mixing them up and leaving a bulb’s width between each bulb
- Then add your Scillas and finally your Crocus’
- A final thickness of compost to cover it all well and give your pot a good water and place it in a sunny corner of the house
- Water it throughout the winter, probably once a month, unless there have been lashings of rain.
- Now this is the important bit:¬†As soon as green shoots appear, give your pot, a weekly feed of Tomorite or any potash fertiliser will do.
- And if you want to keep your bulbs and lift and store them for the following year, then it is a good idea to keep feeding until the flowers fade.
When you store your bulbs, roll them in sand and a tiny bit of paraffin to keep the mice at bay