HOW TO PLANT BLUEBELLS FOR A BEAUTIFULLY NATURAL DISPLAY

Our native bluebell (wild hyacinth) provides a stunning haze of flowers from late April through to May.

It’s a favourite flower for many, thanks to its spikes of intensely blue bell-shaped flowers that offer the most glorious scent.

WHERE TO PLANT

Bluebells are fully hardy and thrive in woodland environments with semi-shade to full shade.

They’re ideal for bringing colour to a woodland garden and can be planted beneath a canopy of deciduous trees. You could also use them as ground cover under roses and shrubs in flowerbeds and borders.

However, bluebells spread quickly to form large clumps, so choose their location carefully.

WHEN TO PLANT

Dry bulbs should be planted in autumn in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil that won’t dry out.

You can add plenty of organic matter to the ground to improve soil texture.

HOW TO PLANT

You should plant to a depth of at least twice the size of the bulb, generally around 15cms deep and about 15cms apart with the point upwards. You can place a couple of bulbs in each hole.

To create a naturalised look, scatter the bulbs and plant them where they land.