Shhhhhhh the bulbs are sleeping…
…but when they waken and brighten up our gardens, it makes all our Autumn efforts worthwhile! Take a look below at our stunning new range of Spring-flowering bulbs in store now! And, if you’re a Millbrook family member, when you buy a bag of our Bulb of the Year, Flaming Flag Tulips, £2.99, we’ll give you a bag of Narcissi Binkie (6pk worth £2.99) free!
How should I decide which bulbs to buy?
There are five key things to think about when choosing bulbs. The first is obviously colour, then which month it’ll bloom, height of the plant, which month they need to go in the ground and how deep they need to be planted. You can plan a different spectacular display each month with this information. Read the packaging in store, or ask one of our helpful team for advice.
When can you plant bulbs?
If you’ve bought your bulbs in advance, keep them dry and cool and make sure not to store them for too long. If they’re soft or rotting, then throw them away, but if they’ve already sprouted or look a little bit past their best, plant them anyway, you might just be lucky! Plant bulbs that will flower in Spring/Summer, such as daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and alliums out in late September/early October. Plant tulip bulbs in November, before the first frosts.
Why can’t you just plant them in Spring if that’s when they grow?
Bulbs need a long dormant period in cold temperatures for healthy root development.
Can you plant bulbs in containers?
Yes, bulbs will be happy in containers or in open soil as long as the soil is well-drained. We advise using Bulb Fibre, or mixing John Innes No.2 with Multi Purpose compost.
How do you plant bulbs?
Bulbs need to be planted top side up, or sideways. It’s the thinner end of the bulb that should face upwards. As a rule of thumb, plant bulbs three times the depth of the bulb you’re planting. We would recommend planting bulbs in groups of six, but for a really good display, consider planting around 25 to 50 bulbs. Our Blooming Value Bulb Pack offer (see below) for Millbrook family members is ideal for bulk buying bulbs. If you want to naturalise bulbs in grass, throwing them up in the air and planting them where they fall will give you a natural, random effect. Bulbs won’t grow if you plant them too deep, or upside down and although they will flower for the first year in almost any position, they won’t re-flower in following years unless they’re getting the right levels of sunshine or moisture.
How much water do they need?
Once you’ve planted them, give them a good water as this will help the roots develop. After that, while they’re dormant, you can water less frequently but make sure the soil doesn’t dry out. When the first green shoots appear, begin watering regularly again.
What else will help them grow their best?
Add a handful of general purpose fertiliser when the green shoots appear in Spring and then feed regularly, every 7-10 days. A liquid tomato feed which contains potassium is a good bet.
Did you know…?
…You can ‘lasagne layer’ your bulbs for weeks of Spring colour. Start with the biggest bulbs and plant them 3 to 4 times the depth of the bulb, then layer up with tulips, small narcissi, crocus etc.
See below for our stunning varieties!
Rare and unusual varieties for the gardener looking for something a little bit different – see Whispering Dream above, which changes colour as it matures!
Best for fragrance
Our top pick of aromatic Spring-flowering bulbs. Tulip Foxtrot has soft pink double flowers.
Our mixed species pack has been selected because it produces a display of assorted colours in early Spring, flowering from February to March.
A bestseller last year, the Dark Tulip Collection is back, perfect for dramatic garden borders. Flowers April/May.
Bulb of the Year
A new bulb for Millbrook is the Tulip Flaming Flag, featuring a deep purple flame on an ivory white background.
Invasive Spanish bluebells are appearing in our forests and gardens so help bring back our native bluebells with these fragrant Hyacinthoides non-scripta.
Stunning varieties include Verandi (pictured) with a vibrant red/orange colour and soft yellow edge. Flowers April/May.
Bulbs as gifts
It’s the gift that keeps on giving! These beautiful wicker baskets house hyacinth bulbs that will produce stunning pink, blue or cream blooms.
This pack is called Kings and Queens! A stunning combination pack featuring Allium Nigrum and Purple Sensation. Flowers March to May.
The deep purple of these Negrita Double tulips contrasts beautifully with greenery and produces large double flowers in April/May.
Our Albion Star tulips are very short – they’re approximately 15cm at full height! They have white blooms with a pink blush and flower April to May.
Nothing says Spring is here like a snowdrop peeking through the ground. These are Galanthus Nivalis Flore Pleno double snowdrops which start to flower in February.
This month, September 2019, if you’re a Millbrook family member, and you buy Bulb of the Year, Flaming Flag Tulips, £2.99, we’ll give you a bag of Narcissi Binkie (6pk worth £2.99) free!
All bulbs subject to availability while stocks last.