Plants - Flower Bulbs

Spring bulbs for small gardens

Use Dutch gardens as inspiration when it comes to using every available inch

Make a little lasagna
Carol Cowan, director of the Toronto-based Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Centre (a media-only resource), suggests lasagna planting (a.k.a. layered planting) to make the most of a small space in spring. “This technique literally lets you double or triple your display of spring bulbs by planting them in layers, one bulb on top of the other,” she says. Your planting efforts on a crisp fall afternoon can reward you with a no-fuss flowering garden throughout spring.

Here's how
All bulbs should be planted at the proper depth, which is three times their height. Dig a large planting hole deep enough for the largest bulbs, such as daffodils and large alliums; position them, then cover with a thin layer of soil. Next, place medium-sized bulbs, such as hyacinths and tulips, right on top and cover these with more soil. Place smaller bulbs (such as crocuses, grape hyacinths and snowdrops) over the first two layers, fill the rest of the hole with soil, then firm gently and water well. Says Carol: “Don't worry about whether or not one bulb is right on top of the other—they are clever little things, and in spring their stems and flowers will find their way to sunlight, regardless.”


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