Spring Bulbs to Introduce to Your Garden

I don’t know if the air has changed or just that the snowdrops have reared their beautiful heads, but it feels like spring is already here and thriving. But don’t be whipping out your lawnmower and shears just yet, there are preparations to do to see what survived the harsh winter, and its time to be building up your repertoire of bulbs, so that your garden is ready for actual spring, warmer weathers, and a delightfully vibrant garden.

I asked my dad, who’s an avid enthusiast when it comes to gardening and making his garden butterfly friendly and asked what he would recommend to garden growers who maybe haven’t got a clue where to start and need some advice. So here are 5 bulbs guaranteed to make your garden the envy of your neighbours.

  1. Hyacinths

These aren’t so much a garden thing as they are a window thing, but I have grown these in the garden, and they did work in a little pot! These are one of my favourites as they smell incredible, and its great to watch something grow as spring comes around.

Said to be derived from the Greek name Hyakinthos, the flowers were said to grown up from the blood of Homer’s youth, accidently killed by the God Zephyr. They have been known to grow all over the world, mostly on windowsills inside, but they are so fragrant, maybe not a plant for those with severe hay fever!

2. Aconites

Also known as Eranthins, it comes from the flowing plants in the buttercup family. Another plant that is even said to have flowered in winter, and if not will be out in very early spring. Their little yellow flowers that will add some colours. They survive under fresh snow, and their leaves only expand when their flowers are finished.

They also don’t require much light and have been found on forest floors, dying off when the foliage becomes too thick. They are perfect to bring out some excitement early in the growing season and will flourish for two to three months before their flowers fall.

3. Puschkina

One for all the snowdrop lovers out there, these plants are perfect for planting in your garden, but are way more unique than the common snowdrop. Native to Russia and named after a Russian Botanist Apollo Mussin-Pushkin, these plants fall into the family of Asparagaceae, and are little white flowers, with singular blue striped running down each petal.

These babies don’t mind the cold either and can be planted in snowier climates without worrying that the frost will kill them off. Definitely one to add something different to your garden and make it stand out from the basic snowdrops everyone has.

4. Alliums

Alliums are a fantastic flowering plant that would be a perfect addition to any garden on the premise of one thing, the bees absolutely love them! Plant them in your garden and watch your eco-sphere come to life.

They come from the onion family, their name deriving from the generic Latin for garlic and they have a variety of species, including the Allium Sativum meaning cultivated garlic. Some of the species have both edible leaves and bulbs, but they are incredible ornamental plants to add a pop of colour into your garden and increase the wildlife, but its always nice to have something to munch on as you garden.

5. Fritillaries

These bulbs come from the lily family and are spring flowering, meaning you won’t have to wait long for them to bloom. Native to Europe, they have bobbing bell shaped bulbs and fleshy scales, known for their genome size and tend to fare best in Northern Hemisphere climates.  But due to their uses in medicinal practises, they’re endangered so beware of people picking their rare flowers.

These plants are incredibly unique and will add a pop of colour and interesting patterns and textures. Their name is thought to derive from F. Meleagris, as they resemble a box in which dice were carried, as their leaves resemble patterns of hitch-hatched purples.

Published by Heather Dalgleish

21-year-old journalism student. Author and illustrator for In Full Bloom Magazine

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