A feast for the eyes

Kent Life - - Garden Life - WORDS: Nicky Peto PHO­TOS: Wouter Kop­pen

It’s prime bulb sea­son, but have you ever con­sid­ered the ben­e­fits of a lasagne plant­ing scheme? Here’s what it is – and how it’s done

Lasagne bulb plan­ning – have we gone mad? No, we don’t mean the tasty Ital­ian dish made out of lay­ers of pasta, this treat is made out of lay­ers, and it’s a real feast for the eyes.

Plant­ing a ‘bulb lasagne’ of spring-flow­er­ing bulbs in the au­tumn of­fers im­pact and colour come spring.

Most spring bulbs can be grown in a ‘lasagne’, but for the dis­play to work you need to en­sure that you pick three types of bulb that look good to­gether and will give a dis­play that lasts through­out the sea­son (ie com­bine early, mid and late-spring bloomers).

This rather clever ‘lasagne’ plant­ing tech­nique was first de­vel­oped by the Dutch to en­sure that your pots are full of blooms that will be fol­lowed by more va­ri­eties as the spring pro­gresses, thus avoid­ing hav­ing great big gaps in be­tween blooms.

The gen­eral idea is that you put the small­est, ear­li­est bulbs on top and the slightly big­ger, later ones un­der­neath so as they grow they hit the bulb above, curve around it and carry on grow­ing up.

New for this au­tumn at Cool­ings Gar­den Cen­tre in Knock­holt – one of our prin­ci­pal spon­sors of the Kent Life Gar­den Awards (see page 148) are prepre­pared lasagne plant­ing packs by Kapiteyn Bulbs, who have done all the com­bi­na­tion work for you. Each pack con­tains three dif­fer­ent bulbs to cre­ate 100 days of spring flow­ers in your pots on the pa­tio or adorn­ing the front of your house.

Lasagne plant­ing with red and pur­ple flow­ers

FIND OUT MORE Cool­ings, the Gar­dener’s Gar­den Cen­tre Rush­more HillKnock­holt TN14 7NN rush­more­[email protected]­ings.co.uk or 01959 532269 www.cool­ings.co.uk

Nicky Peto

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