Bulbs to plant this autumn

Brodie Castle, Forres, Morayshire, Scotland, UK. Narcissus Nissa
Brodie Castle, Forres, Morayshire, Scotland, UK. Narcissus Nissa

With autumn being nature’s time to plant, now is the ideal time to start planning your spring garden.

Under the ‘Plan it, Plant it this Autumn’ campaign, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is encouraging gardeners to start bulb planting now to ensure a colourful spring.

HTA member Taylor’s Bulbs has put some information together on the most popular bulbs to plant this autumn to get your spring garden started.

Hyacinths – Hyacinths are a favourite because of their scent. Try planting them near an entrance door or along a footpath so you can enjoy their perfume.

Alliums – These are the stately globes of the bulb world. Large heads or small, they are all magnets for pollinating insects. Try Nectaroscordum Siculum which is loved by bumble bees.

Other bulbs which are good for wildlife, particularly insects, are Eranthis Cilicica (Winter Aconites), all crocus and snowdrops. These bulbs are particularly important as they flower early in the year when not much else is in bloom. By planting a few of these bulbs, you can make a big difference to your insect population.

Snowdrops – They are an important source of nectar for early emerging insects, particularly bees. They come in various heights and sizes.

Crocus – They are a great source of nectar for insects. Nothing looks better than a carpet of crocus on a sunny February or March day, flowers fully open, showing their inner beauty.

Narcissus – If you are careful with your selection, you can have narcissi in flower from January through to the beginning of May. They come in all different heights and colours, single-headed, multi-headed and fragrant.

Tulips – The elegant ‘ladies’ of the bulb world, there is a tulip for every situation. Short or tall, single-headed, multi-headed and fragrant, pastel, primary and bold colours are all available.