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Grow­ing nat­u­ral­is­tic swathes of spring bulbs in your lawn is a quick and easy way to add a boost of cheery colour, while also pro­vid­ing valu­able early nec­tar for pol­li­nat­ing in­sects. Se­lect a site near the edge of your lawn or un­der a tree, bear­ing in mind that the grass must be left un­cut un­til the bulb fo­liage dies back in May or June. Long grass is great for en­cour­ag­ing wildlife, though. Make sure you choose bulbs that suit your con­di­tions. Cro­cuses and scil­las do well in the open; snow­drops, cy­cla­men and nar­cissi are good un­der trees; and snake’shead frit­il­lar­ies thrive in moist soil. Ca­mas­sias, be­ing tall, can over­shadow other blooms, so are best kept on their own. Dwarf irises and the smaller species tulips need full sun and good drainage, so are bet­ter in gravel. To en­sure the bulbs flower for years to come, plant them at the right depth, which is roughly three times the bulb’s height.

Space the bulbs ran­domly, as here with these cro­cuses, to cre­ate a nat­u­ral look

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