Through grass

Gardeners' World - - Spring Bulbs -

Try cro­cus or dwarf nar­cissi in short grass, or mini irises – Iris histri­oides – are very happy in a lawn that does not get 6 wa­ter­logged. The turf be­neath trees can of­fer per­fect grow­ing con­di­tions for scil­las, anemones, ery­thro­ni­ums and cro­cuses. Bulbs also grow in long grass – use tall va­ri­eties that can com­pete, such as daf­fodils. I lift ar­eas of turf with a bulb planter or spade to the re­quired depth, put the bulbs in then re-lay the turf. If you pre­fer not to leave grass un­cut for six weeks after flow­er­ing, plant in an area you’re more re­laxed with. Cut­ting fo­liage back too early can af­fect next year’s flow­er­ing. Or choose early-flow­er­ing bulbs, such as snow­drops and cro­cus that fin­ish flow­er­ing by mid-April, then cut the grass at the end of May.

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