Inspired by the famous Italian pasta dish, bulb lasagne planting is a fabulous way to enjoy a continuous succession of flowers throughout spring by carefully layering early, mid and late flowering bulbs in pots. Particularly great if you have limited space or if you would like to brighten up a corner of your garden, patio or balcony, this planting technique developed and coined by Dutch bulb experts will be sure to bring interest to your exterior from late February all the way through to May.
Looking to create your own bulb lasagne and unsure where to start?
James Green from Stem & Green has kindly shared his top tips with us! Watch the video below and let yourself be inspired.
In search of more flower combination inspiration? Take a look at our suggestions at the end of the article!
Once you are set on a colour palette, make sure to pick a good selection of early, mid and late flowering bulbs to ensure optimum results — late flowering bulbs will require to be placed at the bottom, mid flowering varieties in the middle and early flowering bulbs at the top of the pot.
Container & soil:
Since too much moisture can cause the bulbs to rot or freeze, choose a nice deep pot with big drainage holes in the bottom to ensure that the soil remains well-drained throughout — we recommend to use 3/4 of peat-free compost mixed with 1/4 sand or grit for best results.
STEP-BY-STEP PLANTING GUIDE:
Place a layer of soil at the bottom of your pot — fill approximately 1/3 of the container.
Plant the bulbs that will flower last with their pointy tips facing upwards — make sure that the bulbs do not touch each other or the sides of the pot.
Cover the bulbs with a small layer of soil.
Add the next layer of bulbs — choose the ones that will flower before the ones which are already in the pot, but later then the ones that will go on top.
Add another small layer of soil and plant the last bulbs — these will be the earliest to flower.
Finally, cover with soil and add a layer of grit on top for extra protection.
Water on planting and regularly check your pot to ensure that the compost does not dry out.
We advise you to place your pot in a sheltered position until the flowers start to bloom.