What does the term ‘good for naturalizing’ mean?

Answer: These are bulbs that can come back year after year and spread throughout your lawn and garden. These early spring flowers are a great way to brighten up your lawn or the front of gardens after a long winter. They are also highly sought after by early-emerging pollinators.

Planning: Choose bulbs from a similar colour palette for a full massing effect. Toss the bulbs on the ground and plant them where they land to achieve a natural look. Once the flowers have finished in the lawn, leave the foliage for a few weeks to allow the bulb to receive the nourishment through their leaves for next year’s flowering.

Reminder: many of these bulbs will look wonderful under deciduous trees. They will bloom and grow in the spring sunshine, before the leaves on the trees emerge.

Planting: Dig planting holes (three times the height of the bulb) with a trowel. Plant the bulbs with the point facing up and the roots facing down. Be sure to add blood meal or hen manure with your bulbs to mask the smell from the squirrels and other critters that like to dig up bulbs. Add soil to backfill the hole and add the plug of turf back on top – tamp it gently to make sure it’s level with the surrounding lawn surface. Water well.

For example:

Winter Aconite (Eranthus):  don’t seem to mind the early spring frosts and will open their buttercup-like blooms at the earliest chance.  Plant them about 6” apart to allow room for spreading and plant them in odd numbers for a natural display

Crocus:  these early-bloomers can often been seen peeking up through the snow.  Plant them in groups in the garden, lawn or under deciduous trees.  Important flowers for early pollinators

Muscari or Grape Hyacinth:  such a vibrant blue flower, a must-have for spring gardens.  The flower resembles an upside down grapes!

Snowdrops (Galanthus):  one of the earliest and loveliest spring flowering bulbs, adding several weeks of colour and beauty to the garden.  Dainty, nodding white flowers that bloom after the foliage emerges and will neatly fad away when finished

Botanical Tulips:  These natural-looking tulips stay close to the ground and have vibrant coloured blooms first thing in the spring.  Well suited to rock gardens, along walkways and in naturalized areas.

King Alfred Daffodils:  this iconic daffodil are fantastic as cut flowers or can be left as an impressive show of spring flowers.