All Season Flower Garden

All Season Flower Garden

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Skill Level: Beginner
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  1. Step 1 In Autumn

    In Autumn

    When temperatures consistently drop to about 10°C (this is when most hardy bulbs should be planted), prepare the soil in a sunny spot of the garden by digging down about 40 centimetres in an area.

  2. Step 2 Shovel Some of the Soil Mix

    Shovel Some of the Soil Mix

    Into the bottom of the hole, to a depth of about 15 centimetres. This forms the first planting layer, which is suitable for summer-blooming lilies. If you have the space, choose a variety of types: early-summer-blooming Asiatics, followed by trumpet lilies in mid-summer and Orientals later in the season; in smaller gardens, choose a single lily type. Place the bulbs on top of the soil mix, pointy side up, spacing them about 20 centimetres apart.

  3. Step 3 Cover the Lilies

    With about eight centimetres of soil to form the next layer, which can be planted with spring-blooming daffodils and tall varieties of early-summer-flowering ornamental onions (also known as alliums). Interplant the two types about 10 centimetres apart.

  4. Step 4 Cover the Daffodil and Allium Bulbs

    Cover the Daffodil and Allium Bulbs

    With another eight-centimetre layer of soil. Now you're ready to plant tulips. Select an assortment of early, mid- and late-spring varieties. If you have space for only one type, choose Triumphs for their beautifully shaped flowers and sturdy stems. Space them about 10 centimetres apart.

  5. Step 5 With Another Eight-centimetre Layer of Soil Mix

    With Another Eight-centimetre Layer of Soil Mix

    You're ready to plant the final tier of bulbs—crocuses, the earliest spring bulbs to bloom. Gently push the small bulbs into the soil, spacing them about four centimetres apart to create a drift of spring flowers. Cover with the remaining soil, mounding it high above ground level. Water well.

  6. Step 6 Complete

    Your all-season bulb garden the following summer (in late August or early September) when fall blooms become available. Tuck in autumn crocus (Crocus speciosus and C. sativus) as well as naked ladies (Colchicum) about 12 centimetres deep; these will bloom just weeks later.

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