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Bulbs and planting in Jersey

By Ransoms | 16th February 2021 | 6 min read

Ransoms Garden Centre has a large selection of Spring bulbs and Bulbs for planting all year round in Jersey. Bulbs aren’t just for spring: you can have flowering bulbs in your garden all year round with a little planning. In our garden centre we stock bulbs seasonally, so you’ll find spring and summer bulbs on sale in autumn, and late-season bulbs on our shelves in Jersey from spring. Choose bulbs for every season to enjoy colour from January till December:

Spring Bulbs and other Season Bulbs for Planting in Jersey

Spring: bulbs are first on the scene with a splash of colour so don’t stint on quantity: fill your garden with crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips from the fantastic range in our garden centre, and double your display by packing them into pots, too.

Summer: it’s the turn of the real showstoppers in summer, and in our garden centre you’ll find brilliantly-coloured dahlias, flamboyant lilies, sophisticated bearded irises and easy-going pompom allium bulbs.

Autumn: plant lipstick-pink nerines for a brilliant splash of colour in September: other autumn bulbs we stock include autumn-flowering saffron crocus, exotic-looking Gladiolus murielae and brilliant yellow Sternbergia.

Winter: tiny pink Cyclamen coum nod among the earliest snowdrops, while winter aconites and tiny, delicate winter-flowering irises like Iris danfordiae provide a cheery December splash of yellow.

Pots of Pleasure

Bulbs are so versatile you can grow them anywhere – even if you’re gardening on a balcony. In our garden centre in Jersey we’ve got everything you need to pack containers with spring colour: follow our top tips for a dazzling display.

Layering: choose a deep container from the range in our garden centre and pack bulbs in by planting in layers. Put tall daffodils at the bottom, cover with compost, then tulips followed by crocuses at the top.

Keeping it simple: cram the biggest container you can find with a really special tulip like ‘Abu Hassan’ for a single blitz of brilliant colour with maximum impact.

Get the timing right: combine two bulbs with the same flowering time for twice the wow factor: try partnering dark blue hyacinths with pillarbox red early tulip Tulipa praestans.

Perfect partners: plant pretty violas at the feet of tulips for a partnership made in heaven: lilac-coloured violas with smokey purple tulips are stunning.

Dropping in: have pots of lilies or tulips ready to drop in to your borders just as they’re about to flower for instant garden colour. Just lift them out again once they’re finished.

Those first optimistic green shoots peeking through are a sure sign that winter is on the wane: with a selection of spring bulbs from our garden centre in Jersey you can cheer yourself up from January to early summer.

Just after New Year the first snowdrops appear: tall ‘Atkinsii’, or ‘John Gray’ carrying large flowers on arching stems. Scatter other January jewels at their feet for contrast: bright yellow winter aconites, or pretty pink Cyclamen coum.

February is the time for crocuses – ‘Snow Bunting’ is pure white, while purple Crocus tommasinianus spreads happily through rough grass. Grow them with exquisite dwarf irises, just 10cm tall: ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ has curious greyish-purple petals, ‘Harmony’ is a slatey blue, while ‘J.S. Dijt’ is vibrant purple.

In March the show really gets going. Brilliant yellow daffodils, blue perfumed hyacinths, a sprinkling of bright pink Anemone coronaria and perhaps some white Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) make a riot of vibrant colour.

Plant spring bulbs in September or October in well-drained soil in sun or dappled shade, about three times as deep as the bulb itself. Adding a handful of grit helps drainage in heavy soil.

Please ask the staff in our Jersey garden centre for more information and advice about spring bulbs and all year bulbs for planting in Jersey.

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