If you’ve never heard of a bulb lasagne you’re probably raising your eyebrows right now. It is a real gardening ‘thing’ though!
Planting a bulb lasagne in a container is a clever way of layering up spring-flowering bulbs to create a display of flowers that lasts for months. It’s really easy to do and will give you a lovely display throughout the winter months for very little effort. What’s not to like?
This time of year is perfect for planting spring-flowering bulbs, so if you’d like to have a go at making a bulb lasagne here’s how you do it.
Assemble your bulb lasagne ingredients
You’ll need a variety of bulbs that flower at different times for your container. The aim is to get a lovely display of flowers for as long as possible, so check the flowering month on the bulb packet before you buy.
Prepare your container
When planting a bulb lasagne you’re after a big impact, so you need to pack the container full of bulbs; bear this in mind when choosing a size. I love using terracotta pots, but plastic ones will work just as well. It’s a good idea to put some ‘crocks’ (broken pieces of pot) in the bottom of the container to help with drainage, then half fill the pot with general purpose compost.
Plant your bulb layers
Plant the latest flowering bulbs in the half-full container, then cover them over with compost.
The bulbs that flower before the bottom layer go in next, again cover them over with compost.
The top layer should be the bulbs that flower first.
It’s important you plant your bulbs in the right order and it’s surprisingly easy to get mixed up! I’ve found that laying out each variety in a line before I start really helps.
While you’re planting up your bulbs, you might want to save a few and force them to flower early for an indoor display. Find out how to do that here.
Your bulbs won’t flower until late winter, so you need to plant up the top of the pot to create a lovely display in the meantime. Winter flowering pansies, violas, cyclamen and heather are all great options, it’s also worth adding in some foliage plants such as ivy, heuchera or cineraria to really boost the impact. Keep your container moist but don’t be tempted to over-water; bulbs hate sitting in cold, soggy soil.
Here are some ideas for bulbs which you could use on each layer of your lasagne:
Bottom layer: tulips, hyacinth
Next layer: narcissus, daffodils, anemone, muscari
Top layer: snowdrop, crocus, miniature iris
And that’s it – a quick garden job that will give you lots of blooms to enjoy in the depths of winter.
Do you think you’ll be making a bulb lasagne? I’d love to hear what you choose to plant, I’ve still got some containers to fill so inspire me!
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