With careful planning, there is always plenty of colour in the garden using bulbs and perennials. They add an interesting and finishing touch to any garden with a variety of textures and colourful displays.
They are great planted in mixed borders and are fantastic ‘fillers’. Bulbs and perennials are perfect for groundcovers on banks and over walls or under planting of trees. They look great in pots and containers too.
Early spring flowering bulbs such as - Anemones & Ranunculus are available in Feb/March.
Main spring flowering bulbs – early cheer, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, bluebells freesia etc. are available in March/April.
Late spring flowering bulbs such as Lilliums, Calla lilies, are available in July/August.
Summer-Autumn flowering bulbs, such as dahlias are available in September/October.
There is a huge range of perennials, and whilst many can be procured over several months, the majority are available for a short window of about two months, just prior to, and during the flowering period for each particular variety.
Popular Species and Varieties
Under this general heading we include corms and tubers. Bulbs are old favourites, and the most popular are listed here. There are of course many more.
Winter to Early Spring flowering – Anemones, Crocus, Early Cheer, Ranunculus, and Iris.
Spring Flowering – Babianas, Bluebells, Daffodils, Jonquils, and Tulips.
Summer to Autumn Flowering – Begonias, Calla Lilies, Dahlias, Gladioli and Liliums.
There are literally hundreds of perennials available so we have only listed the most popular. We have also divided them into long-lived perennials that tend to be very tough and thrive year after year. And short-lived perennials – those that require or are best replaced with new plants every year, or every second year.
Long or short lived, some perennials may be long lived in ideal conditions but short lived in unsuited conditions.
Agapanthus, Alstromeria, Ajuga, Anigozathos (Kangaroo paw), Aquilegia, Armeria (Thrift), Arthropodium (Reinga Lily), Aster, Astilbe, Canna lily, Clivia, Convulvulus spp., Dianthus, Leucantemum (Shasta Daisy), Hemerocallis (Day Lily), Delphinium, Bergenia, Heterocentron (Spanish shawl), Hellebores, Heuchera, Hosta, Liriope, Penstemon, Phlox, Scabiosa (Pin cushion flower) and Sedum.
Arctotis, Argyranthemum (Marguerite Daisy), Brachycome, Catmint, Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Heliotrope (Cherry Pie), Coreposis, Cyclamen, Diascia, Euphorbia, Felecia, Gaillardia, Gaura; Gazania, Geranium, Gerbera, Lithodora, Perennial Petunia, Primula/polyanthus, Salvia, Verbena and Viola.