Now's the time to think ahead for dazzling spring combinations and the garden centres are packed with bulbs of all sorts. Most people, when planting bulbs for the Spring, stick to the safe daffodils and tulips and although they can provide uplifting colour, they are not always the most adventurous choice and do not make you stop and look.
To make your Spring planting stand out from the crowd here are a few combinations that are sure to make heads turn.
In containers or for a swathe in the border try planting Carex Evergold with its bright green and gold leaves alongside Hellebore deep purple and the tiny Daffodil tete-a-tete. Rich mauve flowers with deep green leaves alongside the bright yellow tiny trumpets.
For late spring early summer try planting your border with Alliums and stipa. Tall and contrasting, globe shaped flowers and soft floaty foliage.
A more “traditional” Spring mix that is very attractive with its soft shades is a combination of Daffodil thalia, Tulip Apricot Beauty with the dainty blue flowers of Muscari and the striking heart shaped silver leaves of Brunnera.
Daffodils, Muscari, Scilla, and tulips always look good together. Go for striking colours with the tulips and plant them in long grass for a stunning visual effect. Create a long swathe in the border with a Tulip combination. Mix up the colours from the black Tulip Queen of the night through the range to the bright yellow of Tulip West Point.
Another beautiful combination is Tulip Arabian Mystery mixed with Narcissus Thalia and Allium Purple sensation.
Whatever you choose make your spring bulbs as vibrant as can be either in planters or in the border.
And if you fancy a little South of France chic, try Tulip Carnival de Nice planted on mass with forget me nots!