A feast for the eyes
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
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