The key to a beautiful display next spring is to ensure you pick healthy bulbs. Avoid bulbs that are at all damaged, shrivelled, feel soft or have any signs of mould. Always go for plump, healthy looking bulbs and aim to plant within a week of receiving them before they begin to sprout.
If you are planting bulbs in your garden beds, its best to keep a note of which bulbs are planted where, to avoid planting over them and disturbing them in years to come.
Alternatively, don’t be scared to try 'naturalizing' bulbs if you want a more natural looking display. Literally just throw bulbs in the air and plant them where they fall to make them look like they grow there naturally.
Bulbs are perfect for filling gaps in your borders, blending with perennials or shrubs and rejuvenating your garden with their bright colours early in the year.
Try growing groups of early-flowering bulbs like tulips in a bed which will be occupied by annuals later in the summer, this ensures your garden keeps its beautiful display for longer.
If you have trees in your garden, try planting the bulbs at the bottom of the tree, the soil is usually moist and light which is perfect for growing bulbs, the colourful display will distract from those bare-branches. Bluebells and crocus are perfect for planting under trees. Create your own bluebell carpet under your favourite tree.