Growing plants from bulbs is a rewarding way to fill your outdoor space with pollen-producing flowers. Planting these flowers provides a rich source of pollen and nectar, and in return, you can enjoy the company of bees, butterflies, and other pollen-loving creatures.
To grow your flowers, plant the bulbs in spring once the risk of frost has gone. Get them going inside from March, or plant them directly outside from May - it’s usually a little warmer by then. You can plant your bulbs straight into borders and beds, or pop them in a nursery pot or decorative pot with drainage holes. Plant them 10 cm deep with the nose facing upwards and around 45 cm apart so they have space to grow.
Flowers will appear from June up until the first frost. Deadhead regularly to encourage more flowers and feed your plants with a potash-rich fertiliser throughout the summer. These plants will die back in winter, but keep your eyes peeled - they’ll be back again next year in spring.