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Blooms And Bulbs

Updated on January 20, 2013

Blooms And Bulbs - A Colour Explosion

Spring is the time for gorgeous blooms and bulbs to add colour to your garden. Express your creativity with different colours, flowers and plants to create a unique garden that shows off your signature style.

With a little planning, planting and nurturing, you will be rewarded with dazzling displays of colourful flowers and heavenly perfumes to enjoy. Don't be surprised if pretty butterflies, lovely lady beetles or busy bees take up residence. These creatures all play an important role in the garden and are a good sign your garden is thriving.

Bees are essential in the pollination of flowering plants and to some degree butterflies, though generally butterflies carry less pollen than bees. Many species of Lady Beetles are also considered useful as they feed on garden pests such as scale insects and aphids.

Nurture and grow your flowers and plants with care and plan well to allow your garden to grow into shape. Take time researching what will work best in your garden space and climate and also what colour scheme you would like. Think about maintenance too and how much time will be needed to manage your garden.

Inspiration and ideas can be found in parks, garden centres, walking around your neighbourhood (if applicable), garden books or right here! Take photos and soon you will start to imagine these flowering plants bringing your garden to life.

This lens contains some great ideas and photos to help you identify some options for a spring time garden to inspire you to create a garden bursting with colourful blooms and bulbs.

All Photos © SDB

Anemone
Anemone

Anemones

Anemones (pronounced a-nem-on-nees) are planted as bulbs and flourish into many rich wonderful colours that produce successions of flowers through the spring. There are more than a hundred varieties and they are perfect for mass colour in pots and garden beds. They are also beautiful as cut flowers.

Anemones are perennial flowers meaning they bloom over the spring. In autumn and winter they generally lie in dormancy and grow again once spring returns.

They favour sunny spots and grow to around 25 to 30 cm tall. Before planting, the bulbs may benefit from a soak in water if time permits. This can help to encourage good growth. A general rule is to plant them pointy end down.

It is important to leave the foliage after blooming has finished for photosynthesis to take place, this will lead to stronger, healthier bulbs next season. Once the leaves become yellow they can be removed. For ongoing beautiful flowers, replace bulbs after a few years.

Photo © SDB

Anemone Flower

Anemone Flower
Anemone Flower

More Anemone Flowers

More Anemone Flowers
More Anemone Flowers

Anemones Top Tips

Planting Time - Autumn/Fall

Flowering Time - Spring

Soil Type - Drained, loose soil

Maintenance - Keep them watered and fertilised

Busy Bee At Work

Busy Bee At Work
Busy Bee At Work
Diascia
Diascia

Diascia

Diascia produce masses of delicate pink flowers in spring through to summer. They are ideal for hanging baskets, flowerbeds or rockeries and are generally easy care.

Diascia are low compact plants that bloom in varying shades of pink and grow well in sunny areas.

Pruning spent flowers is encouraged to prevent spindly growth.

Photo © SDB

Diascia Top Tips

Planting Time – Spring

Flowering Time – Spring through to Summer

Soil Type – Well drained potting mix

Maintenance – Light fertilise and average watering

Garden Statue

Garden Statue
Garden Statue

Garden Essentials

Design Toscano The Enchanted Garden Fairies Colleen Statue
Design Toscano The Enchanted Garden Fairies Colleen Statue

Add a magical touch to your garden with this beautifully sculpted demure fairy. She has delicately arched wings, flowing tresses and is cast in quality resin for display in home or garden.

 
Napa Home & Garden Tuscany Collection 12-1/4-Inch Decorative Ceramic Jug with Handle
Napa Home & Garden Tuscany Collection 12-1/4-Inch Decorative Ceramic Jug with Handle

This stunning decorative ceramic jug could be used to add a touch of Tuscany to your garden. It has a celery green antique finish and would be an ideal feature to use in any garden.

 
Magid TE336T-M Terra Collection SuperTips Gardening Gloves - Womens Medium
Magid TE336T-M Terra Collection SuperTips Gardening Gloves - Womens Medium

These great gloves are specially designed to keep dirt and water out. They have double coated fingertips to keep your fingernails clean and easily rinse clean after use.

 
Lavender Avonview
Lavender Avonview

Lavender Avonview

Lavender Avonview is a fragrant variety from the Italian Lavender family. It's a long blooming shrub producing butterfly shaped purple flowers from spring through to autumn when the weather is warm.

The flowers not only look stunning in your garden or pots, but can also be used beautifully as cut flowers.

They favour full sun positions and grow to roughly 80cm x 80cm. It is important to cut finished flowers as this will encourage ongoing blooming and prune plant by a third in autumn.

Photo © SDB

Lavender Avonview

Lavender Avonview
Lavender Avonview

Lavender Avonview Top Tips

Planting Time – Spring

Flowering Time – Spring through to Autumn/Fall

Soil Type – Well drained soil

Maintenance – Light watering once established.

Stunning Garden Water Jug

Stunning Garden Water Jug
Stunning Garden Water Jug
Lobelia erinus
Lobelia erinus

Lobelia erinus

Lobelia erinus blooms in spring and early summer with striking blue flowers.

It is an ideal plant for a butterfly garden as its beautiful flowers attract them.

Delicate in nature, Lobelia erinus will stop blooming in the heat of summer. They prefer a sunny spot with afternoon shade. They generally don't survive heavy frost and may need to be discarded from the garden.

Photo © SDB

Lobelia erinus Top Tips

Planting Time - Spring

Flowering Time - Spring through to early Summer

Soil Type - Good quality potting mix

Maintenance - Keep the soil evenly moist, do not allow plant to dry out

Beautiful Butterfly

Beautiful Butterfly
Beautiful Butterfly

First Red Geranium Bloom Of Spring

First Red Geranium Bloom Of Spring
First Red Geranium Bloom Of Spring

Thanks For Your Visit - What's Your Favourite Spring Bulb Or Bloom?

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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Beautiful flower images you have :)

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      These are beautiful pictures. Here in Ottawa canada, we have a tulip festival each spring. Holland sends over thousands of bulbs to thank Canada for its efforts during WWII.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      This is a lovely lens with beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing, I very much enjoyed my visit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my, this is a delightful lens. I feel like I have toured your gardens, and got a breath of fresh air too. :)

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I look forward to daffodil/narcissus in springtime. I have many different flowers in my garden but the bright yellow blooms help cheer me up when the weather is still chilly and the rest of the garden is asleep.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Iris. I do love my Lavender though. I have it planted near my backdoor so I can smell it "coming and going" into my house. Your photos are beautiful.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I love to see the crocus blooming. They never fail to surprise me. I move the flowers in the beds around quite a bit and in the spring the crocus pop up in the most unusual places. What a beautiful lens! A virtual banquet of flowers! Angel blessings!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love this colorful time of year! I don't have a favorite, just love each and every color as it appears. Beautiful lens!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      What a lovely collection of flowers! Lovely variety of colors and forms ~ I would love to see a beautiful stand of lavender! I enjoyed the walk through the beautiful flowers ~ loved the bee and butterfly! B : )

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Isn't it wonderful that we can have all these plants in our garden! Beautiful photos.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love the little Grape Hyacinths that grow like wildflowers where I live! Lovely article. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lavender scares me as I always kills it,

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      Sonia DB 5 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: Thank you, yes all the photos are from my garden except for the bee and the butterfly which were taken on holiday in beautiful Tuscany.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful images. Super lens.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You have lovely photos here. Are these the plants you have in your garden?

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Lovely photos and great information here. I did enjoy myself on your tour of the blooms and bulbs in your garden.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your photos!